We got a winner for last Months Kitchen Gadget contest. Though there were quite a few of you really close, but it was Rick H of Excelsior Springs, MO who gave the correct answer.
For those who are not aware, egg scales are used to weigh the eggs so they can be given the correct grade.
Grading of eggs by weight began about 1900 as a way of selecting the ideal size egg for hatching purposes. Early “egg graders” were preset to select eggs of a certain weight. During World War I, the U.S. War Department bought eggs in large quantities and paid for them on the basis of size, which was determined by weight. Since poultry farmers were paid a premium for graded eggs, i.e., eggs that were sorted by size, World War I created an immediate market for “egg scales.” Farmers graded eggs to sell to retailers as a source of cash, thus perpetuating the need for egg scales. World War II created the greatest single demand for egg scales as the U.S. War Department bought eggs in huge quantities to feed the troops overseas. Most egg scales were invented and manufactured between 1920 and 1940.
Thank you to everyone who participated, this was a hard one but fun. I will be posting another “Kitchen Gadget on March 29th, so please check back for your chance to win one of these cookbooks on grilling by Bobby Flay!!