Last week we looked at kitchen gadgets of the future, and we came across some impressive concepts which we just can't wait to hit the market. (Who doesn't want a spoon that slightly heats up to make eating ice cream easy?)

After getting excited about what's to come in cookware, we thought about kitchen tools that have come and gone. And from what we saw, there have been interesting creations to say the least. Some of them we're happy are no longer around (you'll see what we mean); they probably did not get that much use anyway. But others we wish they'd bring back, like the ice cream sandwich maker -- that one was a great idea.

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Egg Boiler

    Back when you had plenty of space for completely unnecessary kitchen gadgets -- and before there were clocks -- you could boil your eggs in this contraption equipped with an hour glass timer. <strong>Found on <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/104876946/antique-egg-timer-vintage-metal-kitchen?ref=sr_gallery_42&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy store SnapshotVintage</a>.</strong>

  • Meat Tenderizer

    Back in the day the kitchen was a scary place. This meat tenderizer would have kept us out of it for sure. <strong>Found at the <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/95138270/primitive-meat-tenderizer?ref=sr_gallery_29&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_page=29&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy shop vintagewall</a>.</strong>

  • Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

    We wish we had an ice cream sandwich maker in our kitchen. This is one vintage kitchen item we wish had stood the test of time. <strong>Found on <a href="http://www.rubylane.com/item/754502-RL-1644/Scarce-Ice-Cream-Sandwich-Maker" target="_hplink">Rudy Lane</a>.</strong>

  • Bakelite Set

    Being a home cook used to make you look like a serial killer -- especially if you had a Bakelit set which came with a frozen food saw, cake knife and cheese slicer. <strong>Found at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/108496807/mid-century-bakelite-set-cake-knife?ref=sr_gallery_21&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_page=9&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy shop DsTrove</a>.</strong>

  • Fold Away Condiment Buffet Serving Tray

    In the 1950s people must have served their meals with a lot of condiments, hence the need for a fold-away condiment buffet serving tray. <strong>Found on the <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/75327523/vintage-karoff-1950s-fold-away-condiment" target="_hplink">Etsy store reveriecollectibles</a>.</strong>

  • Garnishing Kitchen Tools

    This kitchen set made it seem as though all home-cooked meals should be served with ornate vegetable garnishes. Found on the <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/105258149/vintage-garnishing-kitchen-tools-rowoco?ref=sr_gallery_37&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy Shop VickiesBeachHouse</a>.

  • Aluminum Ice Trays

    You can still buy these aluminum ice trays, but would you?

  • Kitchen Chopper

    The kitchen chopper was meant to chop faster than a knife, because three blades are better than one. But it just doesn't look that safe. <strong>Found on <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/104559411/vintage-red-kitchen-tool-chopper-utensil?ref=sr_gallery_34&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy shop ViewridgeVintage</a>.</strong>

  • Ice Pet

    This vintage gadget made it easy to make shaved ice. <strong>Found on <a href="http://www.thisnext.com/item/4C8CE54C/The-Ice-Pet-Ice-Crusher" target="_hplink">This Next</a>.</strong>

  • Pot Strainer

    This pot strainer looks like more of a nuisance than a help. <strong>Found on <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/90892692/retro-1950-vintage-foley-kitchen-toolpot?ref=sr_gallery_38&ga_search_query=kitchen+tools&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+kitchen+tools&ga_original_query=2&ga_search_type=vintage" target="_hplink">Etsy shop myredhouse337</a>.</strong>

Related on HuffPost: