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Revere Ware & the recession

In my experience, thrift stores have always been a good source for used Revere Ware cookware and I have gotten most of my extensive collection from thrift stores.  As a general rule, at a miminum you could count on there being a good selection of Revere Ware lids, should you need a replacement.

But the last year or so I’ve noticed a curious thing; less and less Revere Ware at thrift stores.  I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to assume that more people are bargain hunting and depleting the stock of available cookware at thrift stores.

But, on the other hand, the stock of Revere Ware on Ebay keeps growing and growing.

I am guessing the same recession mentality that is driving people to buy cookware on the cheap may be leading people to try and sell whatever they can to make money, including their old Revere Ware.

The trend clearly means that Ebay is the place now to get add to your Revere Ware collection or to replace a ruined pan, and with our new parts, you can keep them looking and working well for a long time to come.

As we mentioned in a previous post, we recently created a tool to help you find the specific Revere Ware piece you are looking for on Ebay: This tool downloads all the Revere Ware Ebay listings every 30 minutes and categorizes them by type and size to make it easier for you to find that 9 inch lid or 3 quart sauce pan.


Finding replacement cookware

As probably anyone who has owned and been a fan of Revere Ware for many years knows, the good stuff just isn’t made anymore.  So what do you do when you accidentally ruin your favorite pan, or you want to expand your collection?  You have two choices really:

  • Your local thrift store, which has the advantage of being cheap and quick, but is mostly hit and miss
  • Ebay, which has a longer lead time and might cost you more, but has a large selection and you can find almost anything you want.

My own tracking of Ebay over the last year has shown that, for reasons unexplained, the amount of Revere Ware sold there keeps growing, about doubling since a year ago, and now stands at about 800-900 listings at any given time.

The problem is, finding what you are looking for on Ebay can be tedious.  To make it easier to find Revere Ware items on Ebay, I’ve created a site that constantly downloads and  categorizes the Revere Ware listings on Ebay.  You can find it here.  Listings are categorized into cookware type and sorted by size.

It is a little crude at the moment, but quite functional and is able to successfully categorize about 85% of the Revere Ware related listings into 13 categories.  The content is refreshed every 30 minutes.  You can expect frequent updates to improve both the appearance functionality in the coming weeks and months.  Enjoy!

Update:  World Kitchen has changed their site again and is now displaying the customer care and warranty links more prominently.


Revere Ware cleaning tips

I’m always looking for new tips on taking care of my Revere Ware and so when I saw a book recently at a yard sale entitled Fast Fixes and Simple Solutions, Surprising Uses for Ordinary Household Items, I of course picked it up.  And it has a few suggestions for cleaning stainless steel, mostly for sinks, but they should apply to Revere Ware stainless as well.

Add sparkle to your sink. Make your stainless steel sink shine like the chrome on an old Cadillac. At the end of a hard day,
pour some club soda or white vinegar on a cloth and give your sink a good rubdown. Then dry it with a clean cloth to prevent streaks.

Wipe off water spots. Why do they call it stainless steel if it can get water spots? Instead of thinking about the answer to this question, just make your steel stainless again. Dampen a soft, clean cloth with white vinegar and wipe. When you’re happy with the results, dry your sink to avoid streaks.

Snuff out a rust-stained sink. Lighter fluid can rub out rust stains in your stainless steel sink. Just remember one thing. It’s important for safety’s sake to rinse the sink and your hands after handling the lighter fluid.

Conquer stainless steel stains. Heavy-duty stains on your stainless steel sink might need a heavy-duty fix. Try rubbing an
ammonia and water solution on the stain. If this doesn’t work, make your own cleanser by combining borax and lemon juice. But remember – always be careful with borax. It’s toxic.

Rehabilitate a scratched sink. Ifharsh cleaners and chemicals have damaged your stainless steel sink, head to your local auto parts store and buy chrome polish. With a little bit ofelbow grease and a dab of polish, you can return your sink to its original luster.

The chrome polish in particular has me wondering.  I haven’t tried any of these yet.  If you have, please let us know how well they work in the comments.

Along the same vein, they had a couple of copper cleaning tricks.

Kiss tarnish goodbye. Use a tangy salad ingredient and salt to shine tarnished brass and copper – not harsh chemicals. Salt and vinegar, mixed into a paste, make an excellent metal cleaner.

Polish your copper with ketchup. Ketchup makes your copper gleam better than expensive polishes. Simply mix ketchup
and water in equal parts. Apply it to your copper with a soft cloth and wipe off. It’s that simple.

I’ve tried both of these solutions, and they do work, but I personally find a paste copper cleaner to be must easier to use and better at cleaning the really tarnished stuff.


New Revere Ware parts – the perfect gift!

The problem with gift-giving is finding something appropriate to give, meaning, something that the recipient will actually like, and let’s them know you spent time thinking about what they want.  You can always give something fairly easy, and thoughtless, like a gift card, but a well-thought-out gift is always better.

Many Revere Ware owners are passionate about their cookware, and have been using it for decades.  Do you know someone like this in your life?  So why not give the Revere Ware lover in your life new parts for their cookware.  If they are anything like the Revere Ware lovers I know, they will love it!

Furthermore, given that new Bakelite and other parts for Revere Ware cookware were not available for quite some time before we started selling them in 2009, many people have given up looking for new parts and just assume they will have to live with their faded and cracked Bakelite parts, leaky pressure cooker gaskets, and rusty hardware.  Your gift will not only make them happy, it will probably be a surprise too!


Cleaning a Revere Ware tea kettle whistle

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.


Shipping to Canada

We recently added Canada as a shipping destination to our shopping cart after having received quite a few requests to ship to Canada.

Canadian customers, please be aware that the first handful of orders may have issues as we work through any kinks that might exist the ordering and shipping process.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties placing an order or problems with receiving the order, and, as always, we will do our best to make everything right.


We're here to help, just ask

Can’t find what you are looking for on our site, or can’t find the replacement part you need?

We are always willing to help answer your Revere Ware related questions, just ask us.

You can submit questions on our contact form.


Revere Ware in the movies

I mostly try to post useful stuff related to Revere Ware, but sometimes I am struck with a bit of nostalgia, like yesterday, watching an old move called Underwater! from 1955 with Jane Russel.  This scene on a boat shows Revere Ware prominently hanging in the background.