Popular kitchen gadgets from every decade

Kitchens have changed pretty dramatically over the years. And with new technologies, changing habits and evolving food trends, an endless stream of gadgets and appliances have hit the shelves through the decades. Starting in the 1920s, we’ve zipped down memory lane to bring you the kitchen tools that have defined cooking through the ages.

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After the First World War, kitchens were changing in America, Britain and beyond. With more women filling the workforce than ever before, the need for nifty, time-saving cooking devices was paramount. Enter the automatic toaster. A pop-up toaster that could brown bread on both sides at once was patented early in the Twenties and, by 1926, it was on shelves under the name ‘Toastmaster’.

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The KitchenAid was another slick gadget that sped things up for time-poor women. Mixing dough and batter by hand can be arm-aching work and – for those who could afford it – the new KitchenAid, an automatic stand mixer, meant waving goodbye to this toilsome task. It was invented in 1919 but, by 1927, the company had introduced their “model G” mixer: a lighter and more compact version of its predecessor that sold like hot cakes.

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Summerville’s Katie’s Krops reflects on over a decade of national community garden work | News

SUMMERVILLE — Not many people can say they were internationally recognized for their service, created a program that spans across the United States or are a published author. 

Summerville native Katie Stagliano did all three by the time she was 21. 

“Age is just a number,” she said. “You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.” 

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Katie Stagliano (left) and her mother, Stacy, remove tree roots from a tiller they were using to break up soil in a garden bed on Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020, at Crossroads Community Church in Summerville. Gavin McIntyre/Staff

Stagliano is the founder of Katie’s Krops, a community garden organization with the goal of combating hunger through donating produce. She is also the organizer of Katie’s Krops Garden-To-Table Dinners, a program in which Stagliano and other volunteers serve fresh meals to local residents.

The organization started in 2008 with a garden in Stagliano’s backyard. It has since grown to more than 100 community gardens across the U.S. and over 38,000 pounds of donated produce. Its flagship garden is in Summerville at Crossroads Community Church. 

The group also reached a milestone in September through serving more than 10,000 meals since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nobody is making any money off of what we are doing,” said Ryan Herrmann, Katie’s Krops head chef for the past three years. “I love it.” 

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Stagliano has been recognized by Disney Channel, has had documentaries created about her and wrote a children’s book about the beginnings of Katie’s Krops called “Katie’s Cabbage.”

Those closest to her say she is incredibly humble and doesn’t talk much about her accomplishments. 

Stagliano said she’s just still surprised that all of this started with a single cabbage seedling.  

Planting a seed

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