Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cookies etc.

Last night I made my last 2 batches of Christmas cookies using my tried and true recipe for spritz. Unfortunately, I managed to get the scraper wedged between the beaters and now the beaters are severely bent up. Went online to see if I could find somewhere to purchase new beaters and lo and behold I discovered that not only is this mixer not manufactured anymore, its manufacturers have gone out of business and the mixer is now described on eBay as Vintage, probably manufactured in the 50's. It originally belonged to my husband's grandmother, so it has had a long and useful life. Here it is:

The charming little piece of masking tape is there to keep the speed control low. The head vibrates and that causes the speed control to slowly work its way from Speed 1 (Adding Ingredients, Stirring, Folding) up to Speed 10 (Juicing, Power Drive Attachements) and it sounds like it's about ready to lift off. The beaters are still useable but maybe it's time I bought myself a new mixer.

So now the cookie dough is ready to go through the cookie press. I pull out my Vintage Miro Alumilite Cookie Press, which has a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval dated from 1926. I don't know if this one is quite that old, I sort of doubt it, but maybe it's from the 40's or 50's - it belonged to my Mother. It cost $2.50 new. Two fifty in 1940 dollars is $31.80 today; $2.50 in 1950 dollars is $17.76 today. Scary.

There is also a little recipe booklet of fancy cookies along with the instructions on how to use this thing. Believe me, it takes alot more than that delicate little twisting motion to push the cookie dough out.

So my grandchildren will be eating cookies made by their grandmother using their great-grandmother's cookie press and their great-great-grandmother's mixer. However, the ingredients were fresh...

And just to keep some fiber stuff in here, here's a picture of what I'm working on. I put aside the previous piece; I tried some changes and nothing pleased me, so that one is still fermenting. This new one (of which this is only a detail) is smaller, about 18 x 24, and this size is working better for me. Once you start heavily stitching, you are more or less committed to doing that throughout, otherwise you end up with flat spots surrounded by mountains. This has alot of stitching and I like the effect, so far.


Gerrie said...

It is time to get a bright red Kitchenaid professional mixer - they come in lots of great colors, but I have red!!

Karoda said...

how delightful that your cookie making has such a great history!!!! a wonderful way to keep the memories of your ancestors relevant to your grandchildren...but, yeah, go ahead and indulge yourself in a new mixer...i think there is even a lime green one by kitchenaid.

Jen said...

Hi Cathy,

I really love your green piece. My pieces are very heavily quilted as well - no such thing as whipping up something quickly. I'll look forward to seeing progress on the other one too. Merry Christmas.
Jen in Roma Qld Australia

Rayna said...

Cathy, I never would have guessed that green piece as yours in a million years. Yet another surprise from you!

I have the same Mirro vintage cookie thingie, minus the vintage box. One day we'll have to have a vintage contest.

Dormeyer also made meat slicers, one of which my father bought for my mother one anniversary. She almost threw it at him. I hope she still has her big old Kitchen Aid stashed away somewhere. Try to get new beaters on ebay for that mixer - a crime to get rid of such a collectible!

Anyway, I am sure your cookies were delicious.

Nancy said...

And I thought my Mixmaster was old! I got it as a wedding present in 1973. When I did the same thing with the beaters, I just bent them back by hand and it's still mixing. I once had to beat the bottom of the bowl with a hammer cause someone (who shall remain nameless) put it on a hot burner. I'd keep the vintage one and buy a new one if I were you. It's the vibrating that would send me to the store.