a 'Whats it?'

pudgederNovember 13, 2010

This is a puzzlement.

It has a HUGE rolling pin w/peg on the end that fits in a hole. This allows the pin to roll out SOMETHING in this tray. The center line is a groove/crevice about 1/2" deep. At then... narrow end of the table, there's a hole... as if "juice" would be squeezed out of of whatever is rolled and then drains out the hole. BUT the table isn't tilted for gravity to pull the liquid out.

And then there's the beautiful little trough for resting the rolling pin in.

This was at an auction, I didn't purchase it but no one could figure out what it is.

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jemdandy

That is a "head scratcher". My guesses are:

1. A peanut masher for making crunchy peanut butter.

2. Nut meat masher.

3. Fruit masher for making jams.

4. A grain masher to prepare grain for making fermented beverages.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 3:05AM
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lindac

I have seen one....but trying to remember....the best I can come up with is a crusher for sorghum stalks to make syrup.
I have seen a demo of making sorghum syrup and that may be where I have seen that thing.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 9:05AM
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pudgeder

Found it! It's a butter worker!

Here is a link that might be useful: Butter Worker

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 10:22AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

The groove is a failed glue joint between planks, not part of the drain system.
Casey

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 10:52AM
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lazy_gardens

It may have been modified by cutting the legs to make the tray level, or mounted on a table base, because the ones I remember were tilted. You put a bucket under the hole to catch the buttermilk, and just roll back and forth over the butter. It's way easier than doing it with the paddles.

Something similar can be used to press the lard out of cracklins when you have scooped and drained all you can.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 11:49AM
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pudgeder

No, the groove is NOT a failed glue joint between planks.
That is the way it was made.

Lazygardens, that may be true. Otherwise the buttermilk would pool.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 11:20PM
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