The following is information from official Revere Ware manuals and other pamphlets that pertains to the cleaning and care of Revere Ware.
From Revere’s Guide to Better Cooking
Each Revere Ware utensil should be scoured thoroughly before using as packing dust or buffing oils are likely to be present. This is simply a precautionary measure. In ordinary circumstances Revere Ware is readily cleaned simply by washing and drying as glasses, dishes and silverware are.
Strong soaps, polishers or cleansers, scouring pods or steel wool are never needed with Revere Ware. For special cleaning Sunbrite or a similar cleanser, applied with a smooth damp cloth, is ideal for keeping both the stainless steel bodies and the copper clad bottoms of Revere Ware new and shining with a minimum of effort. Calgon added to hard water makes it raindrop soft and makes cleaning of Revere Ware even easier.
A bit of magic can also be performed with the aid of a piece of lemon and some common table salt. Simply sprinkle the salt on the pulp of the lemon and rub lightly over the copper clad bottom. Every trace of heat discoloration will quickly disappear. Vinegar and salt or sour milk and salt may be used instead of lemon and salt.
If the copper does not respond to the lemon and salt treatment it may be that grease has been burned on the bottom of the pan. In that event it will be necessary to first scour the burned portions with Sunbrite or any abrasive cleanser after which the lemon and salt treatment will easily restore the original luster.
The Bakelite knobs and handle on Revere Ware are made of the finest Bakelite material obtainable and will withstand moderate oven temperatures up to 350″ F. If the ware is to be used in the oven, caution should be exercised against placing the utensil too near the broiler unit as temperatures near the broiler unit will greatly exceed the temperature as registered on the oven heat indicator, and at extreme heat the Bakelite will blister.
From Revere Ware Skillet Instructions
Your Revere Copper-Clad Stainless Steel Ware should have the same care you give other fine things in your home.
After each use wash in hot suds. Remove the heat discoloration from the copper or the stainless Steel with Samae Miracle Cleaner.
From Revere Ware Use & Care Guide (1987)
USE: “High” heat is never needed under Revere Ware Cookware because it conducts heat so quickly and uniformly. Start with “medium” heat until water boils or meats are seared. Then reduce to “low” heat. Whenever possible, select an electric unit the same diameter as the utensil. Adjust a gas burner so the flame hits only the bottom area of the utensil and not the sides.
Be sure handles are not over another burner or do not extend beyond edge of stove.
NOTE: The utensil should not be allowed to boil dry. The stainless steel will discolor if an empty utensil is left on a hot surface. If allowed to overheat excessively the aluminum clad bottoms will melt. If melting occurs turn off heat, but do not move cookware until it has cooled.
Revere Ware Cookware is intended for top of stove cooking but can be used in the oven. The cool-grip phenolic handles and cover knobs are oven-safe up to a maximum of
425 degrees F. Use pot holders to remove cookware from oven because handles and knobs will be hot.
(RevereWareParts.com note: This information is from a 1987 manual and refers to phenolic handles. Our replacement handles are made of Bakelite which we believe is not safe to use up to 425 degrees F. There is also a danger with oven cooking if the handle is too close to the broiler, it can be much hotter. We do not recommend using Revere Ware, especially with our replacement handles, in the oven.)
When baking with Revere Cookware or Bakeware, make sure oven is properly calibrated. Preheat the oven completely before putting in your Revere Ware. Do not place your utensils with phenolic handles close to the broiler when the unit is on. Utensils should be arranged in the oven so that the heat can circulate evenly around them. Allow approximately 2 inches of air space around each utensil. Never place utensils so that they touch each other or the sides of the oven. When broiling, with Revere Bakeware, follow range manufacturer’s directions for positioning the broiler pan, recommended rack position and cooking time. Remove broiler pan from oven after broiling. For even broiling on both sides start the food on a cold utensil.
CARE OF REVERE WARE
CARE: Food adhering to the inside of utensils after cooking may be removed by soaking in water, then washing with detergent and water. Let the cookware cool before placing it in water. To remove food and grease which has burned on, use a fine steel wool scouring pad. Rubbing in the direction of the polishing lines of the metal is recommended. Clean the outside gently with a plastic cleaning pad to avoid scratching the shiny finish. A good cleaner will remove heat discoloration from your Revere Ware and keep them gleaming. We recommend Revere Ware liquid or powder copper cleaners for the copper bottom utensils, Revere Ware stainless cleaner for the carbon core and aluminum bottom utensils, bakeware, and stainless steel tea kettles. After cleaning, utensils should be thoroughly rinsed in hot water and dried immediately to prevent water spotting.
Revere Ware can be washed in a dishwasher. Follow the manufacturer’s loading instructions. Because utensils are placed in the dishwasher upside down, water will collect around the rim. This may cause a slight rusting of the heat conducting carbon steel core in Revere’s stainless bottom utensils. This can be avoided by wiping around the underside of the rim with a paper towel after the drying cycle is completed. Constant washing in the dishwasher will not harm the phenolic handles and cover knobs, but in time may remove their gloss.
(RevereWareParts.com note: Because replacement parts are not available for many types of Revere Ware, we do not recommend dishwasher washing for your Revere Ware with Bakelite or rubber parts.)
TO REMOVE LIME DEPOSITS FROM TEA KETTLES: A lime or mineral deposit may form on the inside of your tea kettle as a result of hard water found in many areas of the country. If the tea kettle is emptied after each use and cleaned regularly, you should be able to keep it in good condition. To clean, combine equal amounts of water and vinegar in the tea kettle, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes until caked lime dissolves. Clean out dissolved material. Rinse well after cleaning. Repeat if necessary.