Aluminum utensils for oil, gas and electric stoves

Aluminum cookware is here to stay in Puebla's homes, thanks to its wide variety of utensils and durability.

By Cocina Cinco Fuegos

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

KETTLE, MILK JAR

Utensils designed for transporting and boiling milk. The kettle, due to the holes in its lid, prevents the milk from spilling when boiling. 110 years ago, Huerta Hermanos y Sucesores in Mexico City founded a factory of aluminum utensils for the home, which later became Industrias La Vasconia.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

MILK KETTLE

This aluminum and bakelite kettle has a special design that prevents the milk from spilling when it boils. Its capacity is 4 liters. Manufactured by the company Ecko which, like La Vasconia, is focused on the production of utensil series through a system of production lines, achieving a wide variety of products at a low cost.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

SAUCEPAN

Made of triple-thick aluminum, with handle and a spout for pouring the contents. Manufactured by Vasconia, it never lost its label. This saucepan belonged to my grandmother's kitchen set and was passed down to me.

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

PRESSURE COOKER

Hermetically sealed container that reaches a high pressure, which is controlled by a valve that allows the steam to escape, thus maintaining constant pressure while the food cooks. The pots consist of four parts: pot, lid, regulator and rack, and feature a capacity of between 4 and 6 L. <br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

PRESSURE COOKER

From the classic brand Presto, it has the following advantages: both fuel and cost savings, easy handling and fast cooking. It is also the cause of many accidents in the kitchen due to inadequate use.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

MOLDE MILAGRO (MIRACLE MOLD)

"The miracle of making a perfect cake without an oven" was how this new utensil was promoted. It consists of three parts: the lower part and the cover, both with openings that serve to regulate the heat and moisture of what is being cooked. It also has an iron base that serves to distribute the heat of the flame. Some of them even had a window.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

MOLDE MILAGRO (MIRACLE MOLD)

Technology is manufacturing new utensils to facilitate the work of cooks, but when these products come out, there are also the difficulties of proper handling. So Josefina Velazquez de Leon, a renowned figure in culinary science, promptly published a book with explanations for its use, as well as appropriate recipes for this new device.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

FRYING PAN

Old utensil, made with a new material for the new ways of cooking: on an oil, gas or electric stove. Shallow pan, flat bottom and long bakelite handle. Any respectable kitchen needs to have several pans and to know how to take care of them.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

BIALETTI MOKA EXPRESS COFFEE MAKER

Italian Moka Express coffee maker, easy to handle, designed to be used on the stove. Created in 1933, this small coffee maker made it possible to prepare espresso at home, a revolution in uses and customs, since it brought the ritual of drinking coffee in the public space into the private space.

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

BIALETTI MOKA EXPRESS COFFEE MAKER

The aromatic and flavor compounds are extracted from the coffee through the percolation process. The coffee maker has withstood the onslaught of electric coffee makers and coffee pots. The best way to start the day is with a Bialetti coffee, when the scent home the house and the distinctive sound<b> </b>indicates that the comforting beverage is ready.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

BAKING MOLDS

Round containers of various sizes, into which a culinary preparation is poured to give it shape and to be baked in the oven. They are generally used for baking.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

BAKING MOLDS

Of the metals used in the manufacture of cookware, aluminum is the most economical. It is also an excellent heat conductor, which facilitated its use in baking pans. The only downside is it's relatively soft and wears out quickly.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

BAKING TRAY

Elongated metal piece with low walls for baking, which come in large and medium sizes. The thicker ones are used for baking cakes. In bakeries, they are taken directly from the oven to the rack where the bread will be sold. They are also used to transport food and crockery.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

SPOONS, LADLE, SLOTTED SPOON, TRAY

One of the great advantages of aluminum is that it is used to make a wide range of products, such as this variety of utensils. This includes the slotted spoon, which is used to remove the impurities and foam that float to the top while cooking.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

MANUAL COFFEE AND CAPPUCCINO MAKER

Because of their simplicity and functionality, these coffee makers became very popular. With a capacity for three cups, this tool for manually preparing cappuccinos is equipped with a double disc frother to produce the milky foam. With this utensil, Bialetti made preparing the cappuccino at home easier.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

RICE MAKER

Rice cooker mold made up of three pieces: base, lid and a container to measure the rice. Tool that simplifies the process of cooking rice in a bain-marie. 

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

SANDWICH PRESS

Tool for heating sandwiches directly over the flame, whether prepared at home or in restaurants. The secret when using this tool is to butter the plates so that when the sandwich is done, it does not stick. From the menu of La Parroquia restaurant in Puebla, the sandwich called "Platillo Volador" is fantastic.<br>

SPOONS, LADLE, SLOTTED SPOON

Those that are used every day at all times of the day in the kitchen, and show signs of use. No matter how many you have, you can always use one more.<br>

Utensilios de aluminio para el fuego de petróleo y gasCocina Cinco Fuegos

POTS FOR NIXTAMALIZATION

Due to their great versatility, aluminum pots can also be used for nixtamalization, one of the most important culinary contributions that Mesoamerica gave to the world. While the corn is cooking, these pots can be placed directly over the firewood flame, giving it that smoky flavor.<br>

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<b>Curator:</b> <br>Lilia Martínez y Torres<br><b><br>Photographs:</b><br>On The Shore<br><br><b>Utensils:</b><br>Cocina Cinco Fuegos<br>

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