Industrial Kitchen Toys

I have just come into the ownership of two awesome kitchen toys. Both of them came from the kitchen of a summer camp who, I can only imagine, needed to clear out some old equipment.

The first item is The Eagle, a powerful, hand-cranked kitchen slicer:
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This bad boy was made by The Eagle Tool & Machine Company, Inc. based in Springfield, Ohio. The company is still around under that name and now has a website.

I was able to find an email address and I got a very quick response when I wrote them asking for more information about the slicer. Robbie Bowkamp told me:

Eagle Tool & Machine Company manufactured slicers like this one from the mid 50’s to early 70’s. This particular one is what we would refer to as a model “B”. Model “C” is the same basic slicer with an attached electric motor.

For various reasons, we no longer make these types of products. Eagle Tool & Machine Co. Inc. now manufactures landing gear for military and commercial applications.

Thank you for the pictures…looks like this one is in good condition.

So this slicer is at least 35 years old, and still chugging along just fine. Hooray! I think it’ll be a great tool to use in making potato chips and/or mashed potatoes. I wonder how well it will cut harder things, like carrots.

Now if I make a giant pot of mashed potatoes, I’ll need somewhere to store them. Enter my second kitchen toy:

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Behold the Gigantic Mixing Bowl! I believe that this giant bowl is from some kind of industrial kitchen stand mixer. Unfortunately, said mixer was not included in the sale.

The bowl is much larger than other bowls, dwarfing even the super-large bowls I’ve purchased in the past. Here’s a visual comparison of the gigantic bowl and other bowls:

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The smallest bowl in that picture is 2 quarts. The 2nd largest bowl (after the gigantic one) is 18 quarts. The gigantic bowl has yet to be measured…

We just used this bowl to make an 18x recipe of Chocolate-Chip Cookies for Milque & Cookies. Although an 18x recipe is very large, entailing such quantities as 9lbs of butter, 36 eggs, and 40-1/2 cups of flour, there was still lots of room left for more ingredients.

I’m just starting to use these two kitchen toys, but they both hold great promise. The slicer and the bowl are exciting addition to my arsenal of kitchen equipment, and the fact that neither one uses electricity is rather nice and sustainable.

UPDATE:
As always, if you click on the images, you can get higher-res versions and a bunch more pictures of these two awesome gadgets.

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