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Revere Ware microwavable micro-fryer

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.

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People Sure Love Their Revere Ware

This picture from an auction on Ebay shows just what lengths some people will go through to keep using their Revere Ware, even in the absence of replacement parts. And this just happens to be one of the types of handles we sell. 🙂

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Vintage vs Newer Revere Ware

Are recent Craigslist ad for a set of Revere Ware is a perfect example of the difference between the vintage era Revere Ware (1939-1968) and the newer Revere Ware. The ad claims “6 qt. Dutch oven is the only piece that is NOT copper clad. It too is a later piece.”

Non vintage pot

Note the newer style handles. This is clearly a post-1968 pot.  I’m not sure if Revere Ware maid stainless only pieces exactly like this but I suspect what happened is the thin copper layer of the inferior process used after 1968 has worn off over time. Something that can wear off from simply care means the copper layer is so thin it isn’t doing what it is supposed to – spreading the heat to avoid burns.

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Helping People

We started this business because of our own frustration of not being able to get replacement parts for older (and even newer) Revere Ware cookware. We thought perhaps there were others like ourselves that really wanted to keep their cookware going. But, it still surprises us sometimes the extent to which people really love their Revere Ware, like our customer Maggie who continued to use her pot even though the handles were mostly gone.
Stubs Stubs

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Revere Ware Creativity

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 one.”

Wood handle pot

Wood handle

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Vintage Revere Ware News

If you haven’t tried Google Alerts, it is a handy tool that sends you an email whenever new entries in Google’s search database match your favorite search terms. I monitor the search term “Revere Ware” among others and today an interesting one came up. Of course, a new entry in Google isn’t necessarily a new story; it seems that the New York Times has been digitizing its archived story database so today’s and Google has been picking up the new entries. Today’s “new” Revere Ware story was from 1988, about the president of Revere defecting over to Farber Ware.

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