Sis and I are always getting boxes of cast off stuff from people.  Sometimes it’s stuff we don’t need and sometimes it’s stuff we wondered how we lived without as we found  a use for it.

When our grandmother passed, we got boxes of her kitchen items. Many were useful, some were not (and donated again) and a few were thrown into the “I don’t know what the heck this is but it sure looks cool” box and put up in the attic.

However, this “thing-a-majig” was way too cool looking to box up and it was RED (my fave color) to boot.    I thought that it would look so pretty in our red, white and blue themed kitchen.  I was informed that it was part of my grandmother’s kitchen since at least the 1950s, if not before.  But it was rather weird because  it looked like a clone of  R2D2, that cool, spunky droid in Star Wars that ” came to the rescue” so many times .  Or, more accurately, maybe it is really more of a R2D2 prototype since it predates it.  But Jordanne figured out it was an “retro” ice crusher.  Cool… and hand cranked, too– guess it was a keeper!   But we weren’t going to use it because we don’t have a desire  much for ice cold things.  We like our water and drinks “European” style. I know, sounds very “unWestern” but there is a health benefit in that. So, our little retro thing-a-majig became decoration on our kitchen shelf.

However, this summer, the retro ice crusher has made a timely come back and  has found a purpose in life like R2D2.  It came  to our rescue for serving cold drinks to farm stand customers. Now, that’s really cool!


  1. Rhonda says:

    My mom is and always has been a big fan of all things retro and antique. As soon as I saw your picture, I knew what it was. We had one in our kitchen when I was a kid but ours was aqua. 🙂

  2. Annette says:

    I love it! Love all that you post. Wished that we were closer so I could visit. I have been striving to achieve a small portion of what you have on your farm.

  3. Jenny says:

    I knew right away what it was because we have a brown one that is similar. The RED is so much prettier! My mom has a green and white one that is wall mounted and pretty cool.
    Easy recipe- We had overripe watermelon and found it tastes great with crushed ice or blended together in the blender with ice.

  4. Joyness Sparkles says:

    Oh thank you for this post! I am not the only person who likes weird vintage things and drinks their water warm! xoxoxoxoxoxox

  5. Sylvia says:

    I just purchased a green one on EBay…thought I would make snow cones but it doesn’t crush it enough so…I’m making cold smoothies….yummm…and I love vintage!

  6. Pat says:

    I recognized it right away…
    no, I’m not THAT OLD…but my Granny had one as well. In fact, both my grandmother and my granny had one. I think a red one and a yellow one.

    so cool that you have one and are able to use it without electricity. I love things like that!


  7. Sandra says:

    I have one too – in yellow. Mostly as decoration as well but occasionally it gets a work out – crushes ice wonderfully.

  8. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, yes, warm drinks are so un western. What are the negative health issues with cold drinks. Even in the summer I drink hot drinks. A yeah, I like coffee. What midwest farm raised kid doesn’t? I do like tea as well even on the hottest of days. Most are slurping down ice tea and can’t understand how I can drink a hot drink. I just smile and say, “well, I figure if I can make my inside hotter than the outside temperature, then I’ll feel cool” and watch their face as they try to figure that one out. It almost seems like it could be true but of course it isn’t. There’s no way that I would want my core temperature to be above 105. It’s just fun to see how people react.

    Have a great warm drink day.

    P.S. You are getting quite the jam sessions going on the new front patio area, aren’t you?

  9. Andrea says:

    I have one of those in red and white! Got it at an Amish market of all places. Makes great ice for gin and tonics. Better than any blender I’ve owned.

  10. Susan says:

    That is so cool! (pun intended!)

    A while ago a friend at church, Steffne, had some of us over to her house for brunch. Both of her parents had died a few months before, and she was in the process of sorting through their belongings, deciding what to sell or give away and what to keep. They were both pack rats, and the garage in particular was full to the ceiling of many things they had collected over their lives. So for her party, she laid about 20 of these vintage items on a table and had us guess what they were. It was lots of fun, especially some of the wild guesses people made!

  11. Alice says:

    Oh I am one of the weirdo’s out there. I never drink anything colder than room temp. I don’t like hot food or drink either.

  12. Amaranth says:

    Rather than snow cones, you can make a sort of “pebble cone”. Good with homemade flavored simple syrups.

    Honey drizzled on the pebble cone is good too.

  13. kdonat says:

    Ours has also been is use since the 50’s. If it’s like mine, depending on which way you turn the handle you can get either fine or coarse crushed ice.

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