We’re spring cleaning in the Southern Living Test Kitchen. We’ve been rummaging through our cabinets doing some much needed organizing and sorting before we begin testing holiday recipes (that’s right, we’re already thinking about Thanksgiving). In the process, we’ve stumbled upon some interesting finds. Our cabinets offered up a treasure trove of old school kitchen equipment. We had a great laugh trying to identify what some of these items actually were, how they were used, and who bought them.
Frankly, more questions arose than answers, so we decided to explore our kitchen relics in depth by digging through our huge collection of magazines, cookbooks, recipe cards, and such to find answers. It reminded us of the old-school art of crate digging to find that vintage soul jam or jazz riff immortalized on vinyl. So to honor the DJs and mix masters who defined the art of merging the old with the new, DJ Grand Royal (a.k.a. Test Kitchen Professional Norman King) and Mix Master Raw B (a.k.a. Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin) will be cabinet digging and telling you all about the old-school kitchen treasures we discover.
On our first dig DJ Grand Royal scooped this circa 1960 batch cocktail shaker with a complete set of recipe cards that are integrated into the shaker. How about that? Imagine going to a party and drinking a watered-down, unbalanced drink made by a cocktail challenged host. This shaker with built-in recipe cards solved that problem. We love the idea and think we’ll write down some of our favorite batch cocktails on stylish note cards and keep them near our bar for anyone to use. That way, each and every cocktail, whether we’re doing the mixing or not, will be perfect. Here is a playlist of classic recipes you can add to your collection: