Probably most or all of us have some kitchen appliances that we have been using for decades, maybe that were even handed down from preceding generations.
What are your oldest items still in regular use? My microwave oven is about 30 years old, and my food processor must be pushing 20. In those years, I have gone through several coffee makers, blenders, deep fryers and other items.
Meanwhile, I have a few pieces of kitchenware that go back to my grandmother, but the only old thing in "regular use" is a wooden spoon which must be just about petrified by now.
Apart from a heritage plate or two, and a couple of glasses in which snuff tobacco was packaged, it could be that the oldest kitchen item we have is a Foley Food Mill. It may date back to before the 1950s. It still mills.
Gosh,I have several kitchen items that are quite old,I'm trying to think of the oldest. Most probably a hand chopper with a wrought iron handle that was from my family farm. I use it quite often,as I'm not real big into electric food processing unless I'm having to chop massive quantities. This chopper being curved fits quite nicely into the wooden bowl. I keep the blade on it fairly sharp.
My gas stove is quite old as well,from the 1940's,it's a Chambers and I quite love it.
I also have an assortment of other old items passed down along.
I really should just go into the kitchen a snap some pics of the various things.
When I broke the last piece of my grandmother's big bowls, I thought I would be overcome with grief, but it was as though I could hear my grandmother's voice. "That old stuff? Good riddance! Go buy a new bowl." And that's what I did. My grandmother was a very practical person, and having lived through two world wars, she knew there was not much point in being overly attached to one's possessions -- especially ordinary kitchen stuff.
There were a number of large mixing bowls at my mother's house when I was cleaning it out year. I toyed with the idea of taking away a few but,have plenty here of my own I left them behind for the tenants.
I did however,take away a small copper skillet that was her favorite and I wanted to have it.
Funny you should mention breaking old bowls. Last night my husband accidentally broke one of the last of my 'willoware' bowls that I ate yogurt from every morning. I do admit to being a little miffed but,got over it.