From a the wood-oven stove to a slew of modern kitchen gadgets like the microwave oven, and sleek fireless electric stoves, the kitchen appliances have gone a long way.
The first gas stove was first introduced during the 1850s. However, it took a while for the gas stove to be widely used as only about 100 American households owned one in the few following years.
In 1846, the first washing machine was patented in the US; it simulated the action of the human hand washing on the washboard. The first electric washing machine was introduced in 1900.
Microwave ovens were invented out of an accident. One day in 1945 American engineer Percy Spencer was working near the magnetrons (which produced the microwave), Spencer noticed his chocolate bar began to melt in his pocket. A year later the first commercially microwave came out, but they were remarkably taller, heavier and used a lot of power than the modern countertop microwaves of today.
This refrigerator with a charming retro look was introduced by General Electric (GE) in 1927. It was so named because of the compressor on top resembled a gun turret seen in war tanks during the Civil War, the Monitor.
Another charmingly retro refrigerator is the “Shelvador,” introduced by Crosley in 1934. The then-new refrigerator’s “shelves on the door’ singlehandedly changed the refrigerator industry, as the Shelvador really maximized the use of space. Today, we cannot imagine a refrigerator without such feature.
Kelvinator actually introduced the side-by-side refrigerator, the “Foodarama,” in 1955. Today, side-by-side refrigerators would usually feature an TV door or an LED control display which allows the owners to monitor their fridge as well as the freezer, water and ice control with facility.
Even in this high-tech age where a lot of people tend to own sleek and state-of-the-art kitchen gadgets, some make a return to cook the the old-fashioned way. Some have wood-fire ovens in their own backyard. These charming outdoor brick ovens provide a convenient way to cook and entertain guests when having a garden party, without ever having to go in and out of the kitchen.
The ancient Greeks used several common cooking methods such as boiling, simmering, frying, roasting, grilling and baking, just like we do today, although of course their kitchen tools were more rudimentary. The ancient Greeks used pots and even portable ovens made of clay.
The kitchens of the 1910s usually didn’t have much storage space, as cabinets were not yet in production for the kitchen. They were mostly small and simple too, and were considered more of a workroom. Here you can see the typical rural kitchen in 1918 in Texas.
Although the gas stove was first introduced in England in 1851, it was only in the 1880s that they became commercially successful. Here you can see the earliest models of the gas stove, taken from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management in 1904.