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.