Cooking and Food

Ode to the Stuff that Lasts-Part 1

The other day, our microwave started shooting sparks.

Not good.

I was seriously annoyed because I thought it was a goner and we have had between 4 and 5 microwaves over the course of our almost 17 year marriage, because they only last a few years and then they die. Thankfully, it turned out to be a quick and cheap fix, but it seems like things are just not made to last now-a-days.

I am no expert, people, but I am pretty sure that if we can put a man on the moon and figure out how to shoot cheese from a can, the technology exists for a microwave (or any other machine) to last longer than a couple of years before it goes kaput.

One of my pet peeves is things that just don’t last, when I strongly suspect they should and could.

Always looking for the silver lining, I started to think of the things I possess that HAVE lasted. And here, folks, I will share with you the first item that has never died, broken, or needed repair in any way what-so-ever–my Revere Ware Pans.

Look at that shine, folks. It’s a thing of beauty, is it not?

Mine are circa 2001, but it’s worth noting that my mom has some from the late 70s when she got married that are still going strong! Some time in the last decade my dad took them to the garage and gave the bottoms a good buffing to restore them to their original gorgeous copper, but that’s about it. Not bad for 40 years of use.

The bottoms of my pans are not the beautiful copper right now, but a little bit of vinegar or ketchup or spaghetti sauce boiled over (don’t ask me how I know that-ha ha!) will restore them quickly and easily. They still work great despite their well-used appearance.

There were a lot of things on my wedding registry. Most of them have now come and gone as their useful lives were shorter than the span of our marriage (and my expectations), but these pots have lasted.

So good to benefit from a wise choice.

And, now I believe I promised an ode and I don’t know exactly what constitutes an ode, but I don’t think I delivered, so, I will say, “Roses are Red, violets are blue, get some Revere Ware and cook some stuff for you. It is easy to maintain, works great and you can still get it for a great price.”

O.K., that last part didn’t rhyme at all. Do odes have to rhyme? I have no idea, but rules are made to be broken, right? Oh man, I need to get out more. But, really, if you want some pots that will last, get you some of these!

You can get some here:

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