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“S” stamp on the bottom of Revere Ware

Reader Henry send in this interesting stamp on the bottom of a vintage Revere Ware piece.

The S on the bottom marks the piece as a second, meaning, there was something wrong with it that it wasn’t up to the standard for sale as a new piece.  But given the fact that a number of people have come across well-used pieces with that stamp, seconds were likely perfectly functional nonetheless.

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Revere Ware utensil hangers

I’ve seen the Revere Ware utensil hangers s from time to time but never really knew how they were properly used.  Just the name makes one thing of hanging spatulas and the like.

 

This particular listing shows the back of the box, which I haven’t seen before.

And an add I found shows what this looks like in practice.

Very nice. I’m tempted to put up a display like this in our guest room kitchenette.  You can find quite a few on eBay.

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Cookware fails

I’ve seen lots of ways old Revere Ware can fail.  For example, when the aluminum disk in the Tri-Ply cookware melts all over a stove top.

We had our own fail last week with a popover pan.  My wife loves making popovers and the kids really enjoy them. She has used her favorite popover pan many times, and always starts by putting it in the oven while the oven is heating, as per the popover pan instructions.

However, a few days ago, this process seems to have gone awry.  When she opened the oven, she noticed a red coating on the oven door and much of the inside of the oven; the popover pan has a red finish.  The coating seems to have vaporized and settled on everything.

Here you can see how the pan finish has mostly disappeared in many areas.

The oven racks seems to have taken much of the red finish, but the door got quite a bit as well.

We were left scratching our heads.  We checked the oven controls; did we accidentally put it on self-clean?  Nope, the self-clean setting is all the way around the dial from the bake setting.

I suppose it is possible our oven malfunctioned and reached a temperature far higher than it should have, we may never know.

In our case, the deposit of red finish seems to scrub off pretty easily with soap and water, so there is no real damage done other than a ruined inexpensive popover pan.

 

 

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Best of our Blog – Revere Ware Creativity

I’ve been posting on the RevereWareParts blog since March of 2009; there is a ton of good stuff there.  I thought it might be interesting to wade through it and pull out some of the more notable posts.

Today’s blast from the past comes all the way back from July 2009, and has to do with creativity in solving problems with broken Revere Ware – Revere Ware Creativity.  While our new parts help a lot in bringing old Revere Ware back to life, we don’t sell everything you might need.  For the stuff we don’t sell, you have to find a solution, whether it is buying another identical piece to use as a donor for parts, gluing things back together with high temperature epoxy, or modifying new handles to fit older pots.

Or, you could do what Martin did, and make your own handle out of wood.

Customer Martin was frustrated that he couldn’t find a replacement handle for his pot so he made one out of wood.

“Attached find the picture of my 3/4 quart pot with the replacement handle that I fabricated out of a 3/4″ piece of oak. I traced the shape from the old handle and cut and sanded it to the same shape. I then primed and painted it with black gloss paint. Other than the bolt that shows, it looks and handles just like the original oneWood handle pot

Wood handle

Pretty creative.  Wood is a pretty good insulator, and painted with a high temperature spray paint, it probably does a fine job.

 

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Revere Ware lid with a hole

Reader Michael found this lid at a thrift store.

Note the hole.  I’ve never seen another Revere Ware lid with a hole like that; Michael found two.  Given that the holes were in different spots on each lid, and Revere Ware is not known to have put any holes in their lids, these were probably added by a previous owner.

The benefit of having a hole in the lid is it allows for pressure changes inside the pot when there is a boiling liquid, which keeps the lid from rattling on the pot.  Pretty useful, really.

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The Revere Ware vintage pressure cooker dual pouring lip

We recently came across this Revere Ware brochure from sometime in the early to mid 40’s.

It includes this page on the pressure cooker:

I had no idea that the lip under which the top fits, also acts to direct the contents to either side for pouring, a neat feature.  I’ve since found this information in the Know Your Pressure Cooker brochure, but, interestingly, it isn’t in the pressure cooker manual.

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The Revere Ware name still pulls people in

I’ve always wondered by our Google advertising cost per click continues to go up over time.  We are the only ones that sell Revere Ware replacement parts, so you would think there isn’t much competition.  But while Revere Ware is no longer sold, the brand still does hold cache at seems, as plenty of large retailers draw people in with the Revere Ware name.  Take this search result for Bed Bath & Beyond:

When you actually go to the page, this is what you see.

None of that is Revere Ware of course.  But perhaps enough people still show interest in the brand that retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond know that some people will come to see if there is actually any for sale, and perhaps end up buying something else.

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