Some people like the look of glass top stoves. Personally, my wife and I prefer gas cooking as it we find it much more responsive than anything electric. But what if you do have a glass top stove? Can you continue to use your Revere Ware cookware? Reader Mellanie asks:
I received my set of Revere ware in 1967 as a wedding gift from my parents. The pans are in great shape, as is my marriage, and I still use them every day! My problem is that we bought a new stove this year with a glass cooktop and the pans are “rounded” on the bottom now and don’t sit flat on the stove top. Any suggestions for me in cooking with them now. They still work, but it takes longer to cook things. It doesn’t seem to matter much how heavy the contents being prepared is while cooking.
Sadly, you likely can’t (or shouldn’t) use your Revere Ware copper bottom cookware with glass top stoves. For starters, flat surfaces like glass stoves are less than ideal with warped cookware. In addition to the lower heat transmission, they can often warble on the stove by themselves, which I personally find really annoying.
But the best argument against using Revere Ware is that copper can stain a glass stove top. According to GE Appliances:
Copper Bottom pans are also good, but they can leave residues on the cooktop that appear as scratches. These can be removed if cleaned immediately, but do not let a copper-bottom pan boil dry. An overheated copper pot will leave a residue that will permanently stain the cooktop.
Who among us has not accidentally left a pot to boil dry, so this poses a real risk.
Sadly, it is probably best not to use Revere Ware on glass top stoves.