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New old cookbook – Secrets to Gourmet Cooking (1973)

Secrets to Gourmet Cooking

Our latest cookbook is another gem published by Revere Copper & Brass Inc.  My favorite recipes?  While I realize not everyone may be a fan of sardines, I am and the Deviled Sardines recipe sounds very interesting.  Another interesting recipe is the Risotto A La Milanese.

As for oddest recipe in the book, I am going to have to go with Peanut Butter Celery Soup.


New blog

In the last few days we updated our news/blog page to use the WordPress software, which, in addition to being much nicer looking, provides organization by date, category, and a search function.  But the most useful feature is the ability to subscribe via RSS.  Now all of our posts (including availability of new parts, announcement of special offers, tips, history, and more) are available right to your email inbox or RSS reader.

It is also much easier for us to post new articles, so look for even more new and interesting content.


Revere Ware use & care guide 1987 edition

I recently came across a Revere Ware use and care guide from 1987.

Some notable points from this guide:

1. The guide claims that Revere Ware cookware is oven safe up to a temperature of 425 degrees F.  We don’t recommend putting your Revere Ware into the oven for a couple of reasons.  First, ovens often heat very unevenly, so even with a temperature setting less than 425, the broiler can heat the Bakelite parts to a higher temperature and melt them.  Second, with replacement parts getting harder and harder to find, it just isn’t worth risking them with oven use.

2. The guide talks about phenolic handles.  It isn’t clear to use whether Revere started using a material other than Bakelite at some point or whether phenolic is simply a more general term for the category of materials to which Bakelite belongs.  If anyone has any information on this, please contact us.

3. The guide also claims that the cookware is dishwasher safe but the handles may eventually become dulled from dishwasher cleaning.  See point #1.  Don’t risk your non-metal parts with excessive wear.  Wash your Revere Ware by hand.


Revere Ware microwavable micro-fryer


Here is an interesting piece we came across recently, the Revere Ware micro-fryer from 1987.  What is unique about this piece is that despite being metal, it is apparently made for both the stove-top and the microwave oven.  We haven’t tried it yet!

The manual can be found here.

From the Shine Shops Revere Info Center:

“The Micro-Fryer was introduced in 1987 – designed to allow “combination cooking” – food could be browned on the range top, and then transferred to the microwave oven to complete cooking – all in the same pan. The pans were available in 8″ and 10″ sizes, with both copper clad and aluminum disc bottoms. A tempered glass cover (required instead of metal to prevent arcing) was provided with each piece. This line was an early casualty of the merger with Corning that was to come only a year after it’s introduction – It was in direct competition with existing Corning’s microwavable cookware; and internal politics forced Revere to cancel it in 1989.”

Given the absolute lack of any metal cookware today that is promoted as microwave safe, I suspect this product would have died anyway.  Virtually any microwave sold today includes in its instructions to avoid using ANYTHING metal in the microwave and even the USDA claims that metal is not safe to use in a microwave.


Auctions Gone Wild

Check out this recent auction for a 20qt Revere Ware pot:

$255, WOW! Part of the appeal of vintage Revere Ware is its value proposition – good cooking performance at a fraction of the price of newer cookware like Calphalon or All-Clad.  But at that price, you could almost get a brand new pot of either of those brands.  I love my Revere Ware, but at prices like that, I’d go with something newer.