Growing up my grandmother and my mother both had kitchen canisters, you know that set of 4 that had written on the Flour, Sugar, Tea and Coffee? Like this one:My friend Michael and I helped our friend Jane do some heavy lifting and decorating at her Breezy Point beach house this past Sunday.
In the midst of moving furniture passing through the kitchen I noticed Jane has a set of these canisters, which I’ve always loved, when I looked closer at her set I noticed something kind of shocking: instead of coffee or tea her smaller canister said grease? Really? Grease? I’d never seen this before. What a great idea and more practical than the coffee and tea canisters (which in my house always got stuffed with anything but coffee or tea).Of course, being the ex theater person I am every time I think of Grease I immediately think:
But I digress…
Not only did Jane have this strange oddity the grease canister, she had a veritable collection of them! On the next trip to the basement I saw another one:When I opened this one up it had a strainer in it so you bacon bits and what not could be easily removed. Elaborate 😉It makes me wonder if this is a regional thing? I went to flea markets, stores other people’s homes and I don’t recall ever seeing this growing up in Canada. I want to say it’s a midwestern or southern American thing because they eat so much bacon, but that makes no sense because Canadians also eat a lot of Bacon.
Did you grow up with canisters like this and did your family have a coffee/tea or grease set? Enquiring minds need to know!