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Castle Museum celebrates the humble apple - and the gadgets that once went with them
2:40pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THE age of the kitchen gadget is nothing new – as one of the region’s big attractions is about to prove.
The level of gum disease and tooth decay which went untreated in the past would often make it difficult to bite into hard apples.
Peelers, corers and scoops therefore were commonly seen in 18th and 19th-century kitchens and were even used as love tokens, bearing hearts, initials and personal messages.
And visitors to the Castle Museum in York will have the chance to see some prime examples over the half-term holiday with a series of apple-themed event.
Among them is a huge cast iron Victorian apple peeler powered by a series of sprocket wheels, levers and cams. First shown at the Great Exhibition in 1851, the mechanised “Bonanza” was made in New Hampshire.
Museum spokesman Charlotte Dootson said: “We have had perfect conditions for a bumper harvest of British apples this year so we thought we would celebrate this humble fruit this half term.
“Come and see the weird and wonderful gizmos used in the past to peel and core apples and then try some of the delicious old fashioned recipes for apple jams in our Kitchen Studio.”
To find out more visit yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk or call 01904-687687.
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