Kitchen Classics – The Kurly Kate

There are some things no amount of technology can improve upon. We’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as we’ve finished shooting video of grandmothers cooking with their families for Apron Strings. We’re editing those videos now and we’ll share them with you this Mother’s Day, May 8th. Until then, what are some kitchen classics for you? You know, the kind of thing that falls into the “they just don’t make ’em like they used to” category. Here we’ll present a few of our favourites, what are some of yours?

Let’s face it, we’ve all had a disaster or two in the kitchen. Carrots have been left in the pot and boiled dry, the lasagna has been re-heated so many times it has become “one” with the pan, the pie burnt to a crisp. Out comes the Vim, the vigour, the elbow grease. To hell with the environment, isn’t there some  Hammer Horror chemical cleanser that can atone for these transgressions? Perhaps, but whenever I have to deal with charcoal surprise re-fried beans I reach for Kurly Kate.

This little kitchen helper has been cleaning up our culinary FUBARs for generations.

The problem with pre-soaped scrubby pads is they are way too soapy to begin with, then they quickly soften up and turn into a metal rumply-stilskined biscuit, maybe a snack for Optimus Prime. After one use these become virtually impossible to rinse of the accumulated detritus. So they get thrown under the sink, permeated with foodmush, a one hit wonder reduced to the status of a bum, shedding nasty bits of steel wool everywhere. The plastic scrubbers are no good either, they are never tough enough to get the job done. Into the dustbin with them all.

Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth

The Kurly Kate is a more effective helper. Made of brass, it will not rust, it is not full of harsh soaps and it maintains its shape. Kurly Kate is good for dozens of uses, strong enough for cast iron pans and safe for Pyrex. Her golden locks easily rinse clean. Hestia may be the goddess of the hearth but Kurly Kate does the washing up.

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