Monday, December 13, 2010

Need a Gift Idea?

How about a vintage grater from Mouli? 

I love these damned things. Few kitchen tools are more useful to me than an old Mouli grater. It's a simple thing and about as pretty as rusted out Oldsmobile. Yet it is on my family's dinner table 4 nights each week, and when it becomes defunct, I will not replace it with anything other than another version of the same thing by the same company. Of course, Mouli does not make this kind of thing anymore. Modern iterations are all stainless steel or plastic. None of these will do for me; cheap tinned stamped-out steel is the only form that will suffice. 

I think this grater is my third fourth maybe fourth fifth Mouli in 32 years. They are great, but like all things, entropy gets the better of them and they go. I've recrimped them, built new handles, and used them until the metal became so fatigued that the Mouli was mush. 

If you want to get one of these, you'll have to look for it on eBay or in some other corner of the "previously owned" market. And if you are lucky enough to find one, buy it, then send me a "thank you." ;-)
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Tags said...

May your Mouli mince a thousand years.

Gary Allen said...

Mine is about thirty years old -- and looks pretty much like yours (and is just about as venerated).