Tuesday, November 18, 2008

So New ... So Useful ... So Modern ... and So Beautiful!

Grateful Praise ©2008 Karen Mathison Schmidt
30 x 30 • acrylic on 2" cradled Gessobord

No, the title of this post does not refer to my painting, but to this:

YESSIREE! It's the Rival Two Way Ice-O-Mat, circa 1945-50, in lemon yellow, which I found in its original box yesterday when I was cleaning out one of the storage closets in the tiny room at the end of the downstairs hall. The Guarantee was a little mouse eaten, but the info card is still in good shape.

This little card is chock full of information, like that the Two Way Ice-O-Mat not only crushes ice, but it does it in either one of 2 ways: coarse or fine. That makes it at least twice as good as the plain old Ice-O-Mat.

Also illustrated are the many uses for crushed ice from this baby – you can use the crushed ice in chilled fruits & salads, cold drinks, ice bags, vacuum bottles (which I gather from the picture is what we new millenniumites call a “thermos”), making ice cream & chilled desserts, electric mixers (which from the picture is really a blender). Yes, ladies & gentlemen, these are just a few of the reasons the Rival Two Way Ice-O-Mat belongs -- yes, belongs in your Kitchen ... Home Bar ... Recreation Room!

I especially like the blurb under the SAFER heading:

"Patented metal fingers within cover guide the ice. You do not use your own fingers because of this exclusive safety feature."

... Whew! What a relief! It's nice to know that I can grind my ice cubes without risking grinding my actual fingers in the process.

And if you think the Ice-O-Mat is the cat's pajamas – or the living end, or the most, or groovy, or far out, or the bomb, or tight - which is about as up to date as my knowledge of slang gets - just get a load of the other swell products available from Rival:

The Juice-O-Mat (3 different models!)
The Vogue Ice-O-Mat (for the oh so fashionable kitchen)
The Can-O-Mat
The Grind-O-Mat
The Broil-O-Mat
The Shred-O-Mat
The Steam-O-Matic Deluxe Steam and Dry Iron

plus so much MORE!

Dude. I don't know about you, but my mind is officially blown. I think I need a nap.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I want them all..... and yes! I think they are beautiful! Do NOT get rid of this! I'm so jealous. That's what it'll be like when someone sells my house - they'll find the unOPENED cuisinart, the UNopened kitchenaid mixer.... (I NEEEDED them... I just don't have room for them in my kitchen!). You are too funny, and managing to make beautiful paintings while all this is going on.... well, hat's off to you!

Bookhog said...

ha ha! That's pretty funny! Did you give it a try? No fingertips harmed in the process? :)

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Thanks, Kelley! - yeah, I think we all have some of those handy dandy gadgets we just had to have, lurking unopened, or at most just slightly used, way in the back of that hard-to-get-to top shelf in the closet ...

My husband and I think we're going to do our kitchen in retro 40's and 50's style, and this gizmo will fit right in!

Hi Kacy ... or Michelle? - I'm just guessing, based on your email address ... yes, of course I tried it - how could I resist? I popped a couple of ice cubes in there to try it out ... the handle was kind of hard to turn at first, but my husband offered to hold the Ice-O-Mat while I ground the ice, and it works! I couldn't tell much difference between coarse and fine, but true to the claims, my fingers were perfectly safe the whole time!

Anonymous said...

What a great find! Love it!!