Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Preparing Your Kitchen: Wedding Advice From Hip Vintage Mom's

How To Become The Perfect Housewife: Ideas For Brides From Hip Vintage Mom's
Attention brides to be...if you really want to become the perfect housewife...you can learn a lot from gals of the 1950s on how to set up your future kitchen. There were very few clueless homemakers back then because brides- to- be were prepared by their moms, grandmother's, popular home magazines, classes in school and lots of advice books on how to prepare their kitchens for Prince Charming. .

New Brides Love Kitchen Gifts

During the Atomic Era, housewife- to- be often bought her housewares from the local Dimestore or ordered her kitchenwares from catalogs from Montgomery Ward or Sears. Many new brides might also select special gifts from Stamp Redemption Centers such as S & H or others. Oh the good ole days, when you could bring home a lovely cake saver which matched your canisters and serving trays.

It's not too late to help the new bride in the kitchen.

Preparing Your Kitchen: Hints For The Retro Bride - What You Will Need

1 rolling pin
1 egg beater
1 food chopper
1 grater or set of graters
1 small reamer for lemon juice
2 strainers
2 flour sifters
1 tea kettle
6 knives (chef, butcher, carving, utility, pairing. slicer).


1 0r 2 cookie sheets
1 0r 2 pie tins
1 loaf pan
2 cake pans (8 or 9 inch)
1 set of mixing bowls
2 sets of measuring cups (dry and wet)


1 large roasting pan (with rack)
1 or 2 casseroles
1 pressure sauce pan
2 frying pans 10 inch and 7 inch
2 saucepans
1 double boiler
1 dutch oven or large covered pan

Reference Information: Courtesy of Good Housekeeping's Complete Wedding Guide, Edited by Elizabeth Stewart Weston, Bridal Editor of Good Housekeeping Magazine, 1957.

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