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Keep a Bar Keeper as a Friend

We had friends over for a traditional Swiss dish called Raclette, which is essentially melted (raclette) cheese over potatoes.  In days of old they would put a large wheel of cheese by the fire and scrape off the melted portion.  In these modern days, we have electric Raclette grills.  One of our grills has a stainless steel cover which sometimes gets melted cheese on it, which can get seriously burned in leaving those tough grease stains you often get on the outside of stainless steel cookware (and especially tea kettles which get splatter from cooking which then gets burned in as you heat the kettle).

I was reminded today just how miraculous Bar Keepers Friend is at polishing away stuff like this.

It really is the best thing to keep the stainless outside of your Revere Ware looking marvelous.  It can also help smooth out the inside and remove small pits that might otherwise cause food to stick.

If you haven’t tried Raclette, you don’t need a grill, and the cheese is fairly common these days; we bought ours at Trader Joe’s (but it is popular these days and often sells out during the holidays).  If you aren’t using a grill, just put your already cooked potatoes, slightly cut up, in a serving dish (like good old Corning Ware) and put it in the oven or microwave oven with the cheese on top, heat until the cheese is melted (and just a bit bubbly) and serve.  It is absolutely delicious. The cheese from Trader Joe’s comes pre-sliced, making things very easy.

And if you are ever in Switzerland, I highly recommend touring a Raclette cheese factory.


Merry Christmas and Happy Revere Ware

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration.  It has been another banner year for Revere Ware lovers.  If our sales for Revere Ware replacement parts are any indication, interest in Revere Ware continues to be elevated from pre-pandemic levels.  2022 has been about the same as 2020, which is to say, not as good as 2021 but significantly better than 2019.  While Revere Ware as an official brand is dead, Revere Ware as a cherished brand is growing.  It’s like the old adage, “Rock is Dead. Long Live Rock!”

In the spirit of Christmas, I came across this display of lids from an eBay listing.  Doesn’t it remind you of a Christmas tree?

Happy Holidays everyone!


There is still time to order for Christmas (12/12/22)


Our orders typically ship the next business day from when placed.  I did a little reality check today and look at at some orders shipped in the last couple of weeks to see how long the USPS is taking to deliver packages to various parts of the US.  Our shipments from from Nevada.

NY: 2 days
NJ: 3 days
NC: 2-3 days
GA: 2 days
AZ: 2 days
ID: 3 days
VA: 4 days
ND: 2 days
PA: 3 days
MA: 3 days
MO: 3 days
OR: 2 days
CA: 2 days
NE: 4 days

These are pretty stellar results; anywhere in the us in 2-3 days for the most part.  The USPS is back to the normal First Class shipping time we were blessed with in 2019.  Compare this to 2020 (1-2 weeks for delivery) and 2021 (3-5 days for delivery).

Based on the above results, you can likely order through this weekend for delivery next week before Christmas.

That said, the USPS is famous in the last couple of years for the occasional package taking a wrong turn.  Here is a perishable order I am waiting for.

Caveat emptor.


58 years and counting

What a great story we received from a reader.

I graduated West Point in 1964.  We were engaged that spring, and my future wife (who is from the Hudson Valley) drove to the factory outlet in Rome along with my Mother (who resided in Newburgh, NY) and her Mother to buy this set.  We married in the fall and for the next 29 years traveled the world with the set.  Our pots have been to Germany, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kansas, Belgium, Louisiana and Georgia.  We kept the copper clean the whole time (polish after every use), and our two sons also polish their copper pieces.  We used Twinkle until it was no longer available and Wrights since then.

We damaged our smallest pot — we left it on a hot stove until the handle melted off — and finally tossed it.  We gave our square frying pan to someone in need just a few years ago.  The tea pot handle broke and we did not know about your business so we tossed it.
The rest we are proud to have and use.

PS – we also have another set of items from New York.  My wife’s twin brother gave us a set of Cutco knives and kitchen utensils (manufactured in Olean, NY) as a wedding gift.  We still have all but one of the originals and have added several knives to the collection.  Upstate New York rocks!


Possible issue with Revere Copper Confidence Core cookware (circa 2018)

As a last gasp perhaps to revive the Revere brand, World Kitchen, shortly before selling or being acquired by Corelle Inc., came out with a new improved Revere Ware lined that seemed to want to bring together the nostalgia of the original Revere Ware cookware, with the more modern look of something like All Clad.  I present to you the Copper Confidence Core cookware line.  Yea, that’s a mouthful.


It must not have worked, because not too long after coming out with these beauties, the Revere Ware brand was discontinued.  That apparently isn’t the end of the story, as, turns out, these pans seem to have the potential to be dangerous. A reader contacted us with this disturbing report:

I have a pan that the rivet cap exploded and hit me in the chest. 10″ pan. Popped off ( sounded like a gun shot). I saw an orange flash.

He also sent us these pictures:

Seems that one of the rivet caps shot off the inside of the pan.  If it happened once, we have to consider that it might happen again.  Please use these cookware pieces with care, and perhaps make sure the rivet caps inside the pan are pointed away from anything living.



Beware the blue postal mailboxes

I’m not sure if this is about another USPS failure, or a general commentary of our time, and the rising crime rate.  Years ago, after getting my mail rifled through and some Netflix DVDs stolen (that’s how long ago it was) I switched to a locking mailbox and only dropping off mail in the blue USPS mail drop boxes.  Later, I switched to using a UPS store mailbox, but I still drop my mail in the blue USPS mail drop boxes.  But apparently, those are no longer guaranteed to be safe.

Sigh.  I guess I’ll be more careful to drop my mail directly in front of the main post office, where I hope the mailboxes are secure, or later in the afternoon, closer to the 5pm last pickup of the day.  Not to pick on the USPS, but our post office has two blue drop boxes, one extra large, and one just large.  The extra large one is often full right up to the spout, where someone can easily grab letters out of it.  I’m not sure if that is a testament to the USPS not going a good job emptying it (or having enough boxes) or of a somewhat absurd level of trust of people that no-one will take their mail that is within easy reach.  After all, I’m guessing most people that use the blue letter boxes are doing so because of a bad experience with leaving outgoing mail in their own mailbox.

Anyways, we can always look forward to some entertainment from packages that go on unexpected trips around the world over the holidays.