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Making Things Work; Kitchen Equipment


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Making Things Work
Kitchen Equipment
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Series Description

WGBH program (C. 1971) hosted by Thalassa Cruso on fix-it projects around the house - how to mend household items, remove stains. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Thalassa Cruso discusses kitchen equipment. Unnecessary electrical appliances are compared with simpler mechanical gadgets. Thalassa suggest throwing an old blanket over the freezer in the event of power failure, defrosts meat quickly in front of a fan, demonstrates how you can tell a raw egg from a hard cooked egg, puts typewriter pad under noisy blender to cut down the noise, uses slice of bread in cookie jar to preserve freshness of cookies and another in a pan of boiling cabbage to cut the smell, warns against overloading revolving turn tables and reminds us that baking soda can be used for tooth paste, putting out flash fire in pan as cure for wasp or bee stings and in sh trays to cut down smell of cigarette or cigar smoke, as well as putting out smoldering butt.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Home Improvement
Chicago: “Making Things Work; Kitchen Equipment,” 08/09/1971, GBH Archives, accessed January 24, 2022,
MLA: “Making Things Work; Kitchen Equipment.” 08/09/1971. GBH Archives. Web. January 24, 2022. <>.
APA: Making Things Work; Kitchen Equipment. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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