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Archive | December, 2022

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.