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Finding replacement cookware

As probably anyone who has owned and been a fan of Revere Ware for many years knows, the good stuff just isn’t made anymore.  So what do you do when you accidentally ruin your favorite pan, or you want to expand your collection?  You have two choices really:

  • Your local thrift store, which has the advantage of being cheap and quick, but is mostly hit and miss
  • Ebay, which has a longer lead time and might cost you more, but has a large selection and you can find almost anything you want.

My own tracking of Ebay over the last year has shown that, for reasons unexplained, the amount of Revere Ware sold there keeps growing, about doubling since a year ago, and now stands at about 800-900 listings at any given time.

The problem is, finding what you are looking for on Ebay can be tedious.  To make it easier to find Revere Ware items on Ebay, I’ve created a site that constantly downloads and  categorizes the Revere Ware listings on Ebay.  You can find it here.  Listings are categorized into cookware type and sorted by size.

It is a little crude at the moment, but quite functional and is able to successfully categorize about 85% of the Revere Ware related listings into 13 categories.  The content is refreshed every 30 minutes.  You can expect frequent updates to improve both the appearance functionality in the coming weeks and months.  Enjoy!

Update:  World Kitchen has changed their site again and is now displaying the customer care and warranty links more prominently.


Revere Ware cleaning tips

I’m always looking for new tips on taking care of my Revere Ware and so when I saw a book recently at a yard sale entitled Fast Fixes and Simple Solutions, Surprising Uses for Ordinary Household Items, I of course picked it up.  And it has a few suggestions for cleaning stainless steel, mostly for sinks, but they should apply to Revere Ware stainless as well.

Add sparkle to your sink. Make your stainless steel sink shine like the chrome on an old Cadillac. At the end of a hard day,
pour some club soda or white vinegar on a cloth and give your sink a good rubdown. Then dry it with a clean cloth to prevent streaks.

Wipe off water spots. Why do they call it stainless steel if it can get water spots? Instead of thinking about the answer to this question, just make your steel stainless again. Dampen a soft, clean cloth with white vinegar and wipe. When you’re happy with the results, dry your sink to avoid streaks.

Snuff out a rust-stained sink. Lighter fluid can rub out rust stains in your stainless steel sink. Just remember one thing. It’s important for safety’s sake to rinse the sink and your hands after handling the lighter fluid.

Conquer stainless steel stains. Heavy-duty stains on your stainless steel sink might need a heavy-duty fix. Try rubbing an
ammonia and water solution on the stain. If this doesn’t work, make your own cleanser by combining borax and lemon juice. But remember – always be careful with borax. It’s toxic.

Rehabilitate a scratched sink. Ifharsh cleaners and chemicals have damaged your stainless steel sink, head to your local auto parts store and buy chrome polish. With a little bit ofelbow grease and a dab of polish, you can return your sink to its original luster.

The chrome polish in particular has me wondering.  I haven’t tried any of these yet.  If you have, please let us know how well they work in the comments.

Along the same vein, they had a couple of copper cleaning tricks.

Kiss tarnish goodbye. Use a tangy salad ingredient and salt to shine tarnished brass and copper – not harsh chemicals. Salt and vinegar, mixed into a paste, make an excellent metal cleaner.

Polish your copper with ketchup. Ketchup makes your copper gleam better than expensive polishes. Simply mix ketchup
and water in equal parts. Apply it to your copper with a soft cloth and wipe off. It’s that simple.

I’ve tried both of these solutions, and they do work, but I personally find a paste copper cleaner to be must easier to use and better at cleaning the really tarnished stuff.