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Message 1309893 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 19:33:11 UTC - in response to Message 1309780.

portable oven

Yes!
But for what?
(usually it was 'portable' only between kitchen and balcony, we (at my home) used it only on balcony during autumn)





Copy from some site/translate by Google/Edit+additions by me:
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<this 'thing'> is the most significant 'way/style of living' gain, which changed the lives of Bulgarians in the twentieth century.
This was decided by Television viewers in the state media campaign "The Bulgarian events of the twentieth century."

<this 'thing'> received 25.51 percent of the vote to electricity (16.77%), and television and radio with 13.44%.

Other events nominated in the category "Revolutions in households' were:
* car (was hard to buy a car, you have to wait in queue for 5-10 years depending on brand (wait 5 years for Škoda or 10 years for Lada)),
* recreation on Black sea beach,
* residence in Sofia (the capital, to live/reside in Sofia for more than a month was restricted before 1990 (only born-in-Sofia and students were permitted, some workers in heavy industry were permitted to stay 'forever' in Sofia only if they work for 10 years)),
* glazed balcony (which can this way be used as kitchen even during winter),
* Decree 56 (socialist law (~1985) permitting small family business (communist party ruled for 45 years before the end of 1989)),
* and the mobile phone.
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Message 1309895 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 19:37:53 UTC - in response to Message 1309881.

Old tumble dryer?

No
(It is not designed to dry anything, temperature inside is (maybe) >300°C (glows red when opened during use))


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Message 1309896 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 19:41:22 UTC - in response to Message 1309887.

A kettle (on gas) to keep your food warm?

No
(do not use gas, do not use water, not used "to keep your food warm")


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Message 1309901 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 20:01:22 UTC

Bread and Pizza?
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Message 1309902 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 20:04:41 UTC - in response to Message 1309901.
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Bread and Pizza?

No
(no wheat/flour involved (but it is for food, mind: "we (at my home) used it only on balcony (and only) during autumn"))


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Message 1309907 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 20:24:54 UTC

Something to do with herbs?
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Message 1309916 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 20:49:42 UTC - in response to Message 1309907.

Something to do with herbs?

No
(it is to make some kind of food for winter (the so prepared food was not available (in these years, in 'cooked' condition) in stores/shops and even if it is available now it is more cheap to make it at home during autumn than to buy it ready-to-eat from shops in winter))


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Message 1309921 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 20:59:47 UTC

for baking cabbage

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Message 1309948 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 22:22:53 UTC - in response to Message 1309921.

for baking cabbage

No
But it's used for some other vegetable(s)

(From cabbage we make sauerkraut (usually in big 80-100 litre plastic tanks/barrels (wooden barrels in my childhood)))

This device is powered by electricity (220-240V, 1000-1300W)




Every Bulgarian (over age of 20-25 y) knows what it is and how it's called (the name does not contain (the Bulgarian equivalent of) word 'oven' but it ends in (the Bulgarian equivalent of) word 'roast')

I don't think this is used anywhere outside of Bulgaria (only in a rare case that someone from neighbour countries bought one from Bulgaria)
The (short) wikipedia page have only versions in Bulgarian, Deutsch, Français

(but I found some other page with short info in English (I will give the link after the 'Mystery' is solved)
... which say:
"The “XXXXXXX” is a patented Bulgarian household appliance with a cylindrical shape; its wall is lined with a heater, and in the middle it can fit 1, 3, 5 or 7 YYYYYYY depending on the size and type of the appliance."
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Message 1309951 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 22:29:48 UTC

At first I thought it was a slow cooker...

But glowing red @300 degrees? Obviously nothing cooks at that temp so I'm guessing whatever you put in there is hanging from the lid?

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Message 1309977 - Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 23:49:42 UTC - in response to Message 1309951.
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At first I thought it was a slow cooker...

But glowing red @300 degrees? Obviously nothing cooks at that temp so I'm guessing whatever you put in there is hanging from the lid?

No, it is fast cooker (what you put inside needs only 1-3 minutes to be ready, that's why this is used instead of other methods to roast)
The lid is closed during roast, you only open it fast (for short time, to not cool the inside, it have to be hot for fast roast) to remove the vegetables (using piercing/punch hook) and put new raw vegetables inside.

I made my own picture (using very cheap $15 camera, the glow is more red and bright than on the picture)
My device/oven, glow from inside after 30 minutes heating, picture taken on the balcony, it is night here now:




(If you come here (are you in Greece?) you may buy one - costs ~$20 and is ~5 kg)


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Message 1309983 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 0:04:48 UTC

can the vegetables roasted be "hot" or "not hot"?

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Message 1309998 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 0:50:44 UTC - in response to Message 1309983.
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can the vegetables roasted be "hot" or "not hot"?


Paprika and chilis... :)

I think you may have nailed it Gary.

Edit: @Bill, yes neighbor:) I'm in Greece for now...

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Message 1310031 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 4:13:53 UTC - in response to Message 1309983.
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can the vegetables roasted be "hot" or "not hot"?

Yes, we have a winner!

But we use it only for "not hot" (the "hot" are too small and will burn)
You can put 3 red peppers in it.
If you remove "the Mercedes" (metal plate) it can be used for one aubergine.


The name is Чушкопек (Chushkopek, tchoushkopec = Pepperroast, Pepper roaster)
http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Чушкопек
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbg.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2F%D0%A7%D1%83%D1%88%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B5%D0%BA

English:
http://new.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=111550

Français:
http://www.bulgaria-france.net/traditions/tchou.html


And guess what, I decided to use it (after ~10 years of idle time, it needed some fixing/repair of the plug (I found naked wires inside from years usage and heating))
When you remove the roasted peppers from the Chushkopek you have to put them immediately in a (closed by lid) pot/saucepan/stew pan so the peppers will not lose water/steam while they cool down (this way they become soft and do not lose flavour)
The peelings/skin is removed very easily by (serrated) knife (razor movement, not cut but scrape off) as you can see in my plate (the rightmost pepper)






To preserve the roasted peppers for the winter (usually 20-50 kg are roasted, depends on the size of family, available time and money)
you have two options:
(old) - (peel them first and) put them in a jar with tight lid and boil in water (like any canned food (e.g. compote, stewed fruit) you found in the shops)
(new) - (no need to peel them first) put them in plastic bags and then in a (large) freezer


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Message 1310055 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 5:50:41 UTC

I take it I won, a PM would be nice ...

Okay, what is it?

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Message 1310100 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 9:41:17 UTC

Vintage Children of the Corn Butter Curler and 1024 oz Can Opener?;)

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Message 1310129 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 11:14:46 UTC

A cheese slicer? One side is for hard cheese and the other for soft cheese.
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Message 1310180 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 16:32:04 UTC

no and no.

Eric might get this before Angela.

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Message 1310327 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 23:14:50 UTC

for feathering and skinning Chickens?

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Message 1310336 - Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 23:45:26 UTC

Can opener?
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