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Archive | March, 2010

Testing our Parts/Treating Your Cookware Nicely

We try to test our parts as well as we can to make sure they work well and are durable. For instance, we recently tested our handles along with original Revere Ware ones with exposure to direct and indirect flame, so see how they compared. The bad news is that with either of the handles, when the flame from a gas stove is in direct contact with it or comes close to it, the Bakelite will start to bubble and give off an acrid odor. The good news is that our handles performed the same as the originals. We recommend that you insure the gas flame doesn’t get too close to the handles. Incidentally, we don’t recommend putting Bakelite in the oven, because above a critical temperature, it will melt.  We haven’t tried determining that temperature just yet and there is no reference to it in the vintage Revere Ware materials we have.

The latest testing we have been doing is testing our Bakelite handles for dishwasher endurance. After 5 months of continuous daily washing, they don’t look horrible, but they are noticeably less shiny than they originally were. We have also noticed that with older handles, ones that show slight dulling on the Bakelite already, washing in a dishwasher tends to make them look dull and dry after only a hand full of washings. We suspect it is the detergent that is causing the dulling on the Bakelite but it could also be the heat of the wash water or the drying cycle.

The best idea is to keep anything with Bakelite out of your dishwasher, especially items you can’t get replacement Bakelite for. Wash them by hand with a mild detergent.


Vintage Ads & Catalogs

We’ve been collecting vintage Revere Ware ads and catalogs for some time now and recently scanned them all and added them to our site. Our collection includes pieces from the earliest days of Revere Ware (1940) through the 1980’s. You can find them all here. Many of them are high quality and perfect for printing on your color printer and framing; perfect for your Revere Ware kitchen.


Most Interesting Revere Ware Memorabilia Yet

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting piece of Revere Ware memorabilia, a record from 1942/1943 that was apparently intended to be played at Revere Ware sales meetings and contains a song titled “Your Kitchen’s Bright,” which boldly praises Revere Ware’s advantages. I won’t bore you with the details of converting the 78 RPM record (when did record players stop supporting 78’s) and adding video of the record spinning to make it suitable for YouTube. You can find a short version below, and a long version here.


Discovering New Things About Old Revere Ware

As we continue to search for instructions for vintage Revere Ware pieces, I am often surprised at the helpful information we find in them. For instance, who knew that the small handle on the Revere Ware poacher egg trays were specifically made to be picked up with a fork?