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Housewares History: Italian Anyone?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Let us introduce to you a new blog series exclusively from the IHA: Housewares History: An Homage to Innovations of the Past!

Every Monday we’ll be showing off some of the greatest(and goofiest) inventions that have shaped our kitchens and what we use in them today. Here is your first housewares history lesson, enjoy!

What is it?

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Can you guess what this old kitchen tool was used for? Click here to make your guess. You can check back later today to find the answer!

Did you know…

Angelo Vitantonio and his crank machine (courtesy Little Italy Historical Museum)

Angelo Vitantonio and his crank machine (courtesy Little Italy Historical Museum)

 

 

…Late in 1906, Italian immigrant Angelo Vitantonio invented the first hand crank pasta machine in Cleveland, OH. Pasta no longer needed to be flattened and cut by hand, making it much easier to produce. What are the chances pasta becomes as common in America without this invention? Even two year olds can make pasta with the help of the crank:

(Crank machine used around the 5 minute mark)

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