Dear Friends:I sent you an e-mail regarding a small wooden Finnish food...

Dear Friends:I sent you an e-mail regarding a small wooden Finnish food...

Dear Friends:

I sent you an e-mail regarding a small wooden Finnish food container that I needed identified. You sent me an e-mail with some suggestions. I've tried to send you a picture of it, but it doesn't go through. The object is a small wooden bowl with a lid, it is 5 cm high and 10 cm in diamter. The bowl looks very similar to a "kehlo" . A kehlo is one of the pictures you sent me. Can you tell what a kehlo is used for and how long they had been used in Finland and are they still being used?

Thank you very much.

Answer

Kehlo is a shallow, round vessel usually made out of wood - as yours - or glass. It was used for preserving milk or sour milk. Kehlo is often connected with viili, which is whole sour milk. So you can speak about "viilikehlo". Kehlo was used both for preparing and preserving viili.

An etymological dictionary tells that the word "kehlo" was used in Finnish at least in the 18th century. The vessel may be older than that.

I doubt that anybody uses kehlos for their original purposes any more. But they are beautiful items, which are used as containers and for decoration.

Sources: Nykysuomen sanakirja : Toinen osa : J-K. WSOY, 1953
Suomen sanojen alkuperä. 1 : A-K. SKS, 1992.

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