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post #1 of 42
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Hi all,

I have again received a surprise gift, but this time I have no idea what it is smile.gif

I guess it's used for making sauces over indirect heat, but it's a bit bigger then a standard sauce pan.

I'm sure some of you have already seen and used something like this - please share your wisdom:




Thanks!
Edited by SteVan - 1/9/16 at 6:40pm
post #2 of 42

Not sure but I am guessing for drawn butter for lobster or crab?

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post #3 of 42

The first thing that came to me was like Nicko. Dipping something. I think it was actually a signature type thing of a restaurant. As a kid I think I remember that. Must have been a restaurant in NYC.

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post #4 of 42

Theres no lid to it, right? 

post #5 of 42

I"m going to guess it's an insert for making hollandaise over a water bath. 

You know, this could be a fun section on this website. If I can find my camera, I'll post a pic of something I have. I know what it is but I'm not sure anyone else will. 

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I"m going to guess it's an insert for making hollandaise over a water bath. 

You know, this could be a fun section on this website. If I can find my camera, I'll post a pic of something I have. I know what it is but I'm not sure anyone else will. 

I'd call that a good guess--makes perfect sense. Looks quite handy for that actually. 

 

Hey maybe we should form a 4 member panel, they all get emailed the photo, and tell us what it is, but only one

is the correct response. Who ever picks the right panel member's bullshi....er explanation, wins that round.

 

Sound a bit like Liar's Club does it? :p,

post #7 of 42
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Theres no lid to it, right? 

Right, no lid.

Making Hollandaise and similar was my guess too, I guess that's what I'll be using it for as well.

The edge looks kind of impractically broad, though - I thought about melting some chocolate in it but I imagine half of it would remain stuck on the way from the bottom to the edge and require scraping.

We'll see, I'll let you guys know how it works.

Thanks everyone!
post #8 of 42

My first impression was an insert pan as well, but the more I thought about it, the handle precludes that possibility. My second line of crap shoot thought is a fondue pan with the wide edge being used for resting the skewers on, but I ain't sold on that either.

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post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by SteVan View Post

Hi all,

I have again received a surprise gift, but this time I have no idea what it is smile.gif

I guess it's used for making sauces over indirect heat, but it's a bit bigger then a standard sauce pan.

I'm sure some of you have already seen and used something like this - please share your wisdom:




Thanks!

Are there any markings on the bottom?
post #10 of 42
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No, Cerise, nothing :/

post #11 of 42

My wife suggests it looks like the pee can from under the bed when she was a child.  She grew up in the country.

post #12 of 42

I'd have surmised a chafing dish of some sort. Maybe a grease drip pan from a high end grill? 

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post #13 of 42
A sommelier's tasting cup for heavy drinkers? drinkbeer.gif
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My wife suggests it looks like the pee can from under the bed when she was a child.  She grew up in the country.

Golly... I thought the same thing but was afraid to write it. Please thank your wife for me!
post #15 of 42

How big is that vessel?  Place a ruler next to it so that we can get some sort of relative scale.  It appears to be an egg poacher.

 

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post #16 of 42

Agreed, we need some scale or measurements.

But assuming its large enough, I would definitely consider it ideal for use it over water

in making egg emulsion sauces. Its wide rim would easily fit over multiple sauce

pan sizes, while its rounded bottom would keep everything down, centered and heating

evenly, eliminating that pesky step of constantly scraping the sides with the whip.

The only problem I see is the handle placement--it may get in the way as an insert. 

 

Now maybe it really IS a left handed smoke bender....but I would still try it 

to see if it works.

post #17 of 42
Hmmmm. ... Sides are to "straight" to aid with whisking anything, and that huuuge lip doesn't make sense to me. Spitoon, bed pan might work, but hey! This is a cooking forum.

The Germans have this crazy drink called "Feurzangenbowle", or flambed rum drink. Might have something to do with that.....
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post #18 of 42
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...................Now maybe it really IS a left handed smoke bender....
 

 

??????????????????????  :confused:

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post #19 of 42

Kokopuffs- In my experience a left handed smoke bender was a fictional object that older Boy Scouts would send younger scouts out to find at jamborees, sending them from camp to camp. Also known as a smoke shifter, typically blue handled. A bit of harmless diversion while sleeping on the ground away from home.  I suspect Meez was a Scout. 

post #20 of 42
Started an image search and found this early on.....
https://www.etsy.com/listing/191025105/silver-plate-chafing-dish-with-wooden?ref=market
Turned up a couple more along the same lines but nothing with the exaggerated rim.

If it were a proper sauce pan wouldn't there be some sort of spout or indention to facilitate clean even pouring?
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Edited by flipflopgirl - 1/11/16 at 4:17am
post #21 of 42
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Kokopuffs- ................I suspect Meez was a Scout. 

 Obviously I was never a scout!!!

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post #22 of 42
Could be cook and eat out of same dishbowlpot
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post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by kokopuffs View Post

How big is that vessel?  Place a ruler next to it so that we can get some sort of relative scale.  It appears to be an egg poacher.

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-The Third Eye

Don't have a ruler handy but here it is placed in my 12in skillet:

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Started an image search and found this early on.....
https://www.etsy.com/listing/191025105/silver-plate-chafing-dish-with-wooden?ref=market
Turned up a couple more along the same lines but nothing with the exaggerated rim.

If it were a proper sauce pan wouldn't there be some sort of spout or indention to facilitate clean even pouring?
mimi

That looks quite similar, now I just need to search what's a chafing dish used for smile.gif
Edited by SteVan - 1/11/16 at 12:15pm
post #24 of 42

Wait! I remember! When I was a kid and was an alter boy for our Catholic Church. The priest used it to distribute communion or it held water so that he could clean his hands. Can't remember which, but I can remember having to polish it.

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post #25 of 42
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Wait! I remember! When I was a kid and was an alter boy for our Catholic Church. The priest used it to distribute communion or it held water so that he could clean his hands. Can't remember which, but I can remember having to polish it.


Hey... fellow former altar boy!

 

Maybe.  But I think you may be thinking about the paten, the plate used to catch falling hosts/crumbs (and to tap the adams apple of friends)... which I think are generally flat. I fondly remember those and the altar rail too!  The "good old days". In Roman Catholic tradition the paten must be gold (plated) and the ciborium, the plate/bowl for carrying the communion hosts, must be gold... or at least the interior must be gold. Like the chalice... although it seems like any goblet is okay for distributing wine to the congregation. That might not be true in other denominations.

 

As far as a washing basin... that's possible! Never seen a bowl with a handle but what a great idea that would be.

 

Anyway... maybe too much detail.  But I like your thought process!

post #26 of 42

You probably remember more than I do. My Latin was just enough to get by. So I was given the 5:30 am mass. Just one alter boy. The priest gave communion stationary in the center isle. We did not partake in the distribution of communion. I remember the wide rim in case someone would drop a host. We never were handed the host, it was always placed on the tongue. I always got the Irish priest, Father Skelly. When I poured the wine he would keep lowering the chalice to keep me pouring, so basically he was downing at least a pint at 5 in the am. I really kind of remember that paten. It was silver, our church was always open, so there would be no gold in our neighborhood.

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post #27 of 42
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pitoon, bed pan might work, but hey! 

Besides, theres no divet for pouring so it wont work as a bed pan, less'n you want a big 

mess when you try to pour it into the porcelain throne thingy. 

 

 

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Kokopuffs- In my experience a left handed smoke bender was a fictional object that older Boy Scouts would send younger scouts out to find at jamborees, sending them from camp to camp. Also known as a smoke shifter, typically blue handled. A bit of harmless diversion while sleeping on the ground away from home.  I suspect Meez was a Scout. 

 

CHEFWRITER you big killjoy! You mustve been sent on that quest and this is your revenge right? 

Besides, who knows for sure how "fictional" it was, or what it would actually look like? 

Maybe thats exactly what it looks like and SteVan has one! :p

 

Haha I truly doubt its a communion bowl.

Which would probably be made of brass not modern StainlessSteel.

 

Its also way bigger than I thought, SteVan how many quarts of liquid does it hold? 

And throw some yolks in there and see if it works for Hollandaise!! :D

 

Youre all guessing. So Kokopuffs (no Scout Uniform required) and Chefwriter (pffth!) I'm sticking to 

the Left Handed Smoke Bender theory til something better comes along. 

 

Mimi, keep on surfing, I have faith in your....googabiliities!

post #28 of 42

With the all important comparison with a known entity IMO the handle is too short to do any actual cooking.

Don'cha think?

 

mimi

 

My ex the farmer had a cousin who was in school for his divinity degree (was told he liked to play "church mass" with his cousins).

Kinda creepy (I am still a guilt ridden Catholic and fear God's wrath as I type this) IMHO.

A real good looking ladies man I loved to use him as bait in bars.

When I would leave the table and return there was always some female or other in my seat.

Loved it when she would figure out his "career calling".

If she did not leave soon after I had to buy a round lol.

 

mimi

post #29 of 42
Thanks for posting the last pic. It's larger than I thought. It almost looks medieval or perhaps from another century. Have you thought about having it appraised or checking out Christies.com (auctions)? It might be worth a lot of money to the right collector.
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 It almost looks medieval or perhaps from another century.

 

Don't know how much SS was used in the middle ages....

;)

 

mimi

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