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Fish kettles & ham boilers

We just love these vintage tin fish kettles or ham boilers. Can't you just see Mrs Patmore using one for a turbot or ham at Downton Abbey ? She might have used a copper one, too.

Later, cooks would have used aluminum or cast iron, with the long narrower ones being used for salmon.

Egg poaching seems to have come back into vogue, with fewer breakfast eggs being fried. Some aluminium ones survived the second world war, but many went for the war effort with the Ministry of War appealing for donations.

The fifties saw the invention of nifty egg cookers whereby up to six eggs could be lowered and lifted from pans without the need for a spoon or burnt fingers.

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