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Cleaning a Revere Ware tea kettle whistle

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I recently came across an article on eHow on how to fix a Revere Ware tea kettle whistle when it stops working.  While overall I would say eHow articles tend to be fairly low quality, this one does offer some good tips.

How to Fix or Replace Revere Ware Tea Kettle Whistles

Revere ware kettles are durable, but broken whistles are hard to replace.

Repairing a Revere ware tea kettle whistle can be a challenge. Spare parts for these sturdy kettles aren’t easily found. If your kettle’s whistle has gone silent, something may be blocking the steam from escaping the small hole in a pressurized stream, or a crack in the plastic top is creating a hole too large for the steam to build up enough pressure to make sound. Either way, you’ll have to fix it or tolerate a quiet kettle from now on.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Revere ware tea kettle
  • Kitchen scrubbing sponge
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  1. Step 1

    Examine the plastic cap with the metal center that retracts from the spout. Look for cracks and make sure the cap is making proper contact with the metal spout. If the plastic cap is cracked, it can’t be fixed because glues and adhesive patches won’t last under high temperatures. Continue using the kettle because it will still boil water for tea; it just won’t whistle. Buy another kettle if you miss the sound.

  2. Step 2

    Scrub the inside edges of the cap if it is intact and not cracked. Scrub the metal edges of the spout with the rough side of a wet kitchen sponge to remove mineral deposits that may prevent it from closing tightly.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a 6-inch length of thin-gauge wire with scissors or wire cutters. Poke it through the hole in the metal portion of the tea kettle whistle. Wiggle it back and forth to loosen any mineral deposits from hard water that may be blocking it. Fill the tea kettle with a few cups of water and boil to see if the whistle works.

  4. Step 4

    Listen for the whistle. If you don’t hear it, empty the tea kettle and refill with a 50 percent solution of water and white vinegar. Set on simmer for 15 minutes. The acid in the vinegar will dissolve mineral deposits inside the kettle that you can’t reach or see.

  5. Step 5

    Clean the tea kettle every month or so with the vinegar-and-water solution to prevent future buildup that can block the tea kettle whistle.

We try to test our parts as well as we can to make sure they work well and are durable. For instance, we recently tested our handles along with original Revere Ware ones with exposure to direct and indirect flame, so see how they compared. The bad news is that with either of the handles, when the flame from a gas stove is in direct contact with it or comes close to it, the Bakelite will start to bubble and give off an acrid odor. The good news is that our handles performed the same as the originals. We recommend that you insure the gas flame doesn’t get too close to the handles. Incidentally, we don’t recommend putting Bakelite in the oven, because above a critical temperature, it will melt.  We haven’t tried determining that temperature just yet and there is no reference to it in the vintage Revere Ware materials we have.

The latest testing we have been doing is testing our Bakelite handles for dishwasher endurance. After 5 months of continuous daily washing, they don’t look horrible, but they are noticeably less shiny than they originally were. We have also noticed that with older handles, ones that show slight dulling on the Bakelite already, washing in a dishwasher tends to make them look dull and dry after only a hand full of washings. We suspect it is the detergent that is causing the dulling on the Bakelite but it could also be the heat of the wash water or the drying cycle.

The best idea is to keep anything with Bakelite out of your dishwasher, especially items you can’t get replacement Bakelite for. Wash them by hand with a mild detergent.

Extreme Revere Ware Repair

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I’ve never seen a Revere Ware pot damaged as badly as the one in this YouTube video:

The pot in question is a newer pot, with a thinner copper layer; I am shocked that he didn’t go through the copper layer into the stainless steel with all his grinding.

He goes further to demonstrate cleaning Revere Ware with Cameo copper cleaner and Cameo stainless steel cleaner.

I haven’t tried Cameo cleaners but I sure am going to.

Proper Cooking Temperature

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

While scrubbing the inside of my Revere Ware skillets with a green scrubbing pad doesn’t worry me too much, it can be a pain. The best way to avoid this is to find the best temperature for cooking food without it sticking to the pan, handily outlined in this pan preheating tutorial.

Cleaning & Care Guide

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Check out our new Revere Ware cleaning and care guide. We’ve tried out almost every possible suggestion, urban legend, theory and product we could find, as well as read through all the vintage Revere Ware manuals we have to come up with a set of best practices for taking care of your vintage Revere Ware and for restoring some of those really grungy pieces.