Peelers, Parers, Pitters and Other Labor-Saving Tools

Early labor-saving tools made of iron helped make kitchen chores not only easier, but quicker.

Raisin seeder closed
To use this raisin seeder, the top was opened, raisins were placed on wires inside the seeder and the top was closed, pressing the raisins through the wires and cutting them so seeds could be removed by hand. The casting on this and other seeders instructs operators to “wet your raisins.”
Photo courtesy George Wanamaker