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Old 02-24-21, 12:23 AM
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Vintage Kitchen Appliances

Slightly off topic, I got a new vintage toy today and for once it's not a bike. It's a deep fryer!







It's a Dormeyer Fri-Well. I think it's from the 1950's. The seller claimed it has never been used, and it certainly looks that way. The recipe booklet recommends frying with lard. That's how old it is!

I hope there aren't any antique cookware collectors out there who will be offended by this, but I bought this to cook with it. Most home fryers that you can buy today cut off at 350 degrees, which I view as the lawyer lips of the cooking world. Some cooking oils have a smoke point around 365, so we can't be trusted with fryers with higher settings. I've got a combination deep fryer/crock pot that will go to 400, but to get really perfectly crispy chicken wings, the extra temperature and an oil that can take it makes all the difference. At least, that's the way I remember it. I've had two of these before. I'm not sure what happened to them. Either they didn't make the trip west with me when I moved to Oregon in the mid 90's or they're in one of the boxes in my basement that hasn't been opened in the last two moves. Maybe one of each.

Anyway, I'm very excited to have found this in such great condition, and I can't wait to fry up some wings!

Does anyone else have antique kitchen appliances they still use?
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Thanks for posting this new arrival.

At first glance I thought it would turn out to be a Knapp-Monarch product.

They were in Kansas City, IIRC, and did toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, massagers, deep fryers and coffee makers. Have several of their pieces.


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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
At first glance I thought it would turn out to be a Knapp-Monarch product.

They were in Kansas City, IIRC, and did toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, massagers, deep fryers and coffee makers. Have several of their pieces.
I just looked them up on eBay. They got some really sweet chrome gadgets I'm a sucker for good chrome.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I just looked them up on eBay. They got some really sweet chrome gadgets I'm a sucker for good chrome.
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your Dormeyer deep fryer looked so much like a Knapp-Monarch item to my eye that I even wondered if it might be another badge from the same company

not making an assertion

there are lots of K-M items upon the waves of the embaymenture each week...


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The other two I had featured a cartoon chef named "Dormy" whose eyes glowed while it was heating. I'm a little disappointed that this one lacks that bit of whimsy. I don't know which variant is older.
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Old 02-24-21, 06:19 AM
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Hmm, wonder if you can fit a tirkducken in there.
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We stopped replacing toasters a few years ago and got this Toastmaster.


Like the one I grew up with.
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While we don't have any of interest, just the mother-in-law's electric fry pan, over the years I've toyed with the idea of buying a Toast-o-Lator, just to watch the toast "walk" through the center of it.
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I have a vague recollection of my mom having the round version of that fryer, like the picture on the manual. I haven't seen it since I was young and that was over 50 years ago.
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I hate to say it, but fork looks bent.
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Not an appliance, but old cast iron skillets are the most versatile and durable.

The regularly used bread maker is clearly vintage, but lacks chrome.
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Sunbeam toasters for me, I've bought a few and did successfully repair the couple of them that needed it. They are extremely robust.

The internal darkness adjuster screw is un-intuitively backwards in that you turn it CCW to darken the range of the dial's adjustment as I recall. The pop-up mechainism is simple enough but, again, somewhat un-intuitive.

I sort of Collect DeLonghi toaster ovens from the late 1980's, the bigger ones. Finding one with the taller-sided, porcelainized steel pan inside is a huge bonus.
I hate repairing these, hence the couple of spares that I keep squirreled away. They last a long time.
The first one I bought at Fleetwood Mac's garage sale in the Encino hills while out riding on my 1979 Suzuki TS400 enduro. It was sold as freshly earthquake-damaged from the Northridge quake and I had to add some screws to repair the door handle. It burned out after only 21 years of my own use. I repaired it with Chinese power diodes which didn't last more than one or two years, so it finallywent into the trash but I kept the porcelainized pan of course..
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Moulinex stick blenders, early coffee grinders and the 'Jeanette' combo machine are bulletproof. I've got 2 of these combo processors in the box, expecting my current unit to fall apart but 20 years on, it's still going. They came out with a 2nd generation with a more powerful motor and they did the unthinkable by making it 100% compatible with all of the accessories from the early model. Unheard of. Braun processors are also very robust, except the plastic housings do get brittle and when your wife gets into crushing ice for smoothies, it can be the end of them. I've got a few of them in my stash as well. These machines are about 4 decades old.
Hard cheese and veggies are what I shred most of the time.
And yes, it grinds meats for sausage with ease.




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I sort of Collect DeLonghi toaster ovens from the late 1980's, the bigger ones. Finding one with the taller-sided, porcelainized steel pan inside is a huge bonus.
Is that the one with the controls on the bevelled panel on the top? I've got one and used it for offsite catering when I was into it. It's the bomb. Now I just bake breads and bagels.

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Sunbeam toasters for me, I've bought a few and did successfully repair the couple of them that needed it. They are extremely robust.

The internal darkness adjuster screw is un-intuitively backwards in that you turn it CCW to darken the range of the dial's adjustment as I recall. The pop-up mechainism is simple enough but, again, somewhat un-intuitive.

I sort of Collect DeLonghi toaster ovens from the late 1980's, the bigger ones. Finding one with the taller-sided, porcelainized steel pan inside is a huge bonus.
I hate repairing these, hence the couple of spares that I keep squirreled away. They last a long time.
The first one I bought at Fleetwood Mac's garage sale in the Encino hills while out riding on my 1979 Suzuki TS400 enduro. It was sold as freshly earthquake-damaged from the Northridge quake and I had to add some screws to repair the door handle. It burned out after only 21 years of my own use. I repaired it with Chinese power diodes which didn't last more than one or two years, so it finallywent into the trash but I kept the porcelainized pan of course..
Of course.
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early coffee grinders
Good grief. Now I have to collect vintage coffee grinders? You guys are killing me.
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I don't know if this qualifies as an appliance, but I love using this vintage Juice-O-Mat juicer, which I inherited from my grandmother.

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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
We stopped replacing toasters a few years ago and got this Toastmaster.


Like the one I grew up with.
What I love about these Toastmasters (aside from their mastery of witty public speech) is they tell you on the bottom panel that you can make toast with either 110V, 220V AC or whatever DC battery you have in your trailer, boat or bomb shelter. You can ALWAYS make toast! Plus they are built like Sherman tanks (tanks that make TOAST!)
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What I love about these Toastmasters (aside from their mastery of witty public speech) is they tell you on the bottom panel that you can make toast with either 110V, 220V AC or whatever DC battery you have in your trailer, boat or bomb shelter. You can ALWAYS make toast! Plus they are built like Sherman tanks (tanks that make TOAST!)
Plus, with that cloth covered wiring, you get that tiny frisson of excitement that any time you touch the toaster might be the last time you touch anything. I once had an entire house like that.
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I still use one of those "Universal" meat grinders (pic isn't mine, but mine is the same model). We have a food processor that will do the same thing, but the old hand-crank grinder is actually easier to clean up.


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YEP---I Guess I am in this camp, too: I have had a steady stream of Osterizer "beehive" blenders: one speed, multi-speed, chrome and white base over the years. I kept a few, I sent more of them away as gifts. Some people appreciated the gifts, others are just "swine who can't recognize a Pearl"
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Slightly off topic, I got a new vintage toy today and for once it's not a bike. It's a deep fryer!







It's a Dormeyer Fri-Well. I think it's from the 1950's. The seller claimed it has never been used, and it certainly looks that way. The recipe booklet recommends frying with lard. That's how old it is!

I hope there aren't any antique cookware collectors out there who will be offended by this, but I bought this to cook with it.
Nice but the basket drillium sucks.. purely perfunctory. Good candidate for Drillium Dude and a Dremel. 😁
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
We stopped replacing toasters a few years ago and got this Toastmaster.


Like the one I grew up with.
Ha, I was going to post this same toaster. Mine is the one I grew up with. My folks kept using it, and I inherited it. Circa 1951 or so. Around 70 years old now.

It was $23 in 1952. That's $223 now.


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There's 4 or 5 Chambers gas stoves in my neighborhood. From 60 to 80 years old.

Google image search Chambers stove
All cast iron, chrome, and enamel.

For example, from the image links:
Liftable broiler on the left, deep well with pot, 3 burners, oven, and storage. The enamel cover folds down over the burners.


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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
Nice but the basket drillium sucks.. purely perfunctory. Good candidate for Drillium Dude and a Dremel. 😁
It's true. Not even a good looking pattern. I've already got an eye out looking for the wire mesh that came along later. I'm sure some modern company is working on a carbon fiber version that can withstand frying temperatures.
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