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Kitschy Items for the Kitchen and BBQ

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You are being watched by these little helpers in the kitchen.  (The names of the spices on this souvenir set are written in Finnish)

Call me crazy, but I love these little souvenir spice sets.  Each one is unique because it was hand painted, usually in Japan.  There were soo many makers of these such as Woodpecker Woodworks, Napco, Price Imports, Fitz and Floyd, Westwood Products, Ucagco, Norcrest Standard Specialty, MG and others.  Many of these were purchased while folks were on vacation in the states and all over the world.  Here are some we recently picked up.

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I plan to use this set with the Royal Chef BBQ we recently restored.  I going to add a spice rack on the right side to hold these little guys.  That way, I can season the food as I cook.

Besides spice racks, these companies made all kinds of kitschy items for cooking including things for barbecuing!  Below are a few items we purchased off of Etsy.

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As you can see, these were made by MG of Japan and I love this set.  There are 3 different characters to help you mark your steak; a bull for rare, a chef for medium and a cowboy for well done.  I also dig the holder, it’s a tiny corral!

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Looks like I need to replace one of the toothpicks on one of the bulls.  It just makes you think that they made eating such an experience with little things like this to spice up a dinner.

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This is what I would have on my steak, hate to eat a steak that is still bleeding.  These little guys are so cool.

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Here we have a set of extended salt and pepper shakers for using on the BBQ.  This saves your knuckle hair from getting burned off when you try to season your meat.  I knew we needed a set of these to add some style to the BBQ.

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Since I plan to also restore the other BBQ made by Huntington, I needed BBQ utensils and extended salt and pepper shakers for that unit as well.  Now that I have this, I need to purchase a set of spices to place in the tray on this BBQ.

There are soo many different kinds of souvenir shakers like these out there.  Here are a few other ones that I thought were cool:

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This is a cool set made by Napco.

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The colors on this set are great. These little guys even have earrings!

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These shakers come in all sizes.  Some shakers are large or small or squatty like this set.

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Here are a couple of black cat shakers.  The cool thing about this set is that they click together with magnets!

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This set is known as the “I love Lucy” set.  A set just like this one sold on ETSY for over $100!

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These two look a little formal.  He appears to have on a tuxedo and she has her mothers pearls on.

 These little pieces really help show your personality when in the kitchen.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a set that catches your eye and enjoy them.

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