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11 Heirloom Kitchen Tools We’ll Never Ditch

Not everything in our kitchens is shiny and new. Find out what heirloom kitchen gadgets our staffers still use (and won't ever give up).

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Presto butter cutter

I never thought I’d take this Presto butter cutter seriously, but daaang—I like it! So satisfying to make perfectly cut butter pats! It’s so weird and wonderful. Sarah Farmer, Executive Culinary Director

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Vintage Pyrex bowls

I don’t know what I would do without my Pyrex nesting bowls. They sit on my countertop so it’s easy for me to grab one when I’m cooking and baking at home. I use them for everything from whisking together my own salad dressing to mixing the ingredients for my chocolate chip cookies. —Beth McGuire, Culinary Assistant

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Old-school potato ricer

Potato ricers make the lightest and fluffiest mashed potatoes. I was thrilled when a friend gifted me this vintage potato ricer. —Stephanie Marchese, Visual Production Director

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Pink ice crusher

This ice crusher has earned a permanent place on the counter in my tiny kitchen. It’s great for making mudslides and other blended frozen drinks. And, this ice crusher’s Malibu Barbie pink color just makes me smile. —Christine Rukavena, Editor

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Heirloom saucepan

About 10 years ago, my mom let me borrow the two-quart Revereware saucepan she inherited from my great-grandma. I guess you could say it’s on permanent loan. Since there are only three people in my family, it’s the perfect size for cooking everything from veggie sides to sauces to a box of mac and cheese. —Ellie Martin Cliffe, Deputy Editor

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Great-grandma’s pastry blender

When I moved into my great-grandma’s home, I inherited a lot of great finds—including her handwritten book of recipes. My favorite heirloom kitchen tool of hers, though, has to be this antique pastry blender. The flexible wire makes cutting butter into pie crusts and biscuits easy—and the worn wooden handle fits my hand just right. —Lisa Kaminski, Associate Editor

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’90s mini food processor

I have a small Cuisinart food processor from 1990 that I can’t stop using. You wouldn’t think it would last this long (it’s almost 30!), but it comes in so handy in the kitchen. —Jeanne Sidner, Content Director

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Antique ice cream scoop

I have the ugliest but best ice cream scoop you’ve ever seen. The thing has to be 50 years old, probably older. It’s all steel, so very heavy. Every time I use it I think of my dad, who wouldn’t use anything else to scoop his ice cream. —Mary-Liz Shaw, Deputy Editor, Reminisce

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Mom’s cheese grater

I have such fond memories of using this cheese grater for our (many) pasta nights during my childhood. Using the hand crank to get freshly-grated cheese reminded me of fancy restaurants and made dinnertime extra-special. —Emily Racette Parulski, Senior Editor

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Old-fashioned potato masher

My favorite heirloom kitchen tool is a hand-me-down potato masher. It’s easy to mash with and it gives your mashed potatoes some texture versus using a hand mixer. —Lara Eucalano, Senior Editor

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Grandpa’s bottle opener

My grandparents used this wooden-handled bottle opener for entertaining. In the ’70s, they’d host theme parties and mix up tropical drinks like mai tais and daiquiris—this is the tool they’d use to pop open all those cans of juice. Now I keep it simple and use it to open bottles of beer, soda and ginger ale. —Carolyn Lewis, Editorial Intern

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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