A deliciously interesting conversation has evolved between myself and some lovely friends of mine, who are also food writers and dedicated cooks. It started on Twitter a few weeks ago when Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and Mel from The Cook's Notebook were chit-chatting about Le Creuset enamelled cast iron cookware sets that Mel had spotted on 'sale' at her local newly-opened Costco.
I piped in to the Twitter talk, as you do, and followed up with a recipe for Minestrone that included a few paras on my thoughts on expensive cookware and why I liked my shiny red enamelled cast iron French oven from Aldi. Celia then posted a heads up for her Aussie readers about Aldi having a sale on their cast iron cookware, which was particularly thoughtful of Celia, given that she hates enamelled cast iron with a passion. But then Celia is very kind like that, you know.
Next Celia followed up with a post about her obsession with clay cookware, including an ode to her Römertopfs, Emile Henry flame range and some of her favourite (and quite attractive methinks) Portugese ceramics. Celia says that her Emile Henry pieces 'have proven to be very sturdy (although [her] mum has had a pot crack), but the Römertopfs are quite battle-scarred, boasting chips and scorch marks, yet these only seem to add to their charm'. Actually, I'm having fun experimenting with a Römertopf too, a recent unexpected gift from a dear friend.
So, then Glenda from Passionfruit Garden joined the discussion, advising that she doesn't like enamelled cast iron either, but then posed the question on her blog: 'So, I hear you ask, if you are not a Le Creuset woman, what type of woman are you?'. The answer is that Glenda loves her Bessemer. I laughed at Glenda's comment that 'Bessemer is the ugliest cookware' she has ever seen. 'It comes in lovely colours like flame, orange, baby poo mustard and lime green – perfect for the 70s,' she says. How gorgeous! And I think I agree that Bessemer is not the most attractive looking cookware, Glenda. ◕ ‿ ◕
My vintage Rena-ware saucepan set...
I've been meaning to write about my vintage Rena-ware saucepans for ages and, given that I'm not able to stand and cook for long (much less style and photograph food) as I'm 'non-weight bearing' for six weeks after surgery on my broken foot, now seems the perfect time.
Not long after my mother passed away in 1997, my father decided to pack up and move back to Budapest. He and my mother had been married for more than 50 years and, after the death of his beloved, dad was like a lost soul, sad and terribly lonely, despite having his two daughters and their extended families close by. The move back to his homeland breathed new life into his heart and he travelled and fished and lived out the rest of his days, until he too passed away in 2001. Ah, I note that I have digressed from the original topic.
After breaking the news about his impending move, my father asked me what, if anything, I would like to keep from his home. At first I shook my head and told him that I couldn't possibly take anything, but after some coaxing, I asked if I might be able to have a few items of cookware and kitchen utensils. Given my love of cooking, dad knew that they would be very much treasured and used.
To the best of my recollection, the Rena-ware saucepans were purchased sometime in the early 1960s and I think my mother may have bought them on a lay-by plan. They are 18-8 Tri-ply stainless steel, made in Canada. And let me tell you, despite being slightly battled scarred and nearly as old as yours sincerely, they're still going strong!
Research on the product reveals that Rena-ware was founded by Fred “Pop” Zylstra, who migrated from Holland to the United States to in search of a dream. According to the Rena-ware web site, Mr Zylstra founded the company in 1941, selecting what he called 'water-less' cookware as the flagship product to propel his new business venture. Apparently: 'In the 1950s, Rena Ware grew nationally from coast to coast, and in the 1960s expanded internationally under the leadership of Zylstra, with the opening of markets in Europe, Australia, South and Central America, and Asia'. Spare parts and accessories are still available in Australia today from this Sydney distributor.
I'm a fan of stainless steel cookware, having acquired pieces from a few different brands over the years, and also sold some excellent brands when I co-owned the cookware store (Scanpan, Chef Inox, and Baccarat among them). When I was married I had a copper-based Essteele set, which I left behind as I moved on. After all, I had my mum's Rena-ware, so really didn't need more and, besides, as good as they were, I didn't fancy polishing copper bases on the Essteele for the rest of my life!
Among the favourites in my saucepan drawers nowadays (alongside the Rena-ware) are my Baccarat Capri saucepans and frying pan (18/10 brushed stainless steel with aluminium encapsulated in the base and ergonomic handles). And my number one fave (and perhaps the piece I sold more of than anything else in the shop), a superb Baccarat oval baking dish. Perhaps I should showcase that one on my next IMK post?
And just a snippet on cookware...
Christine McFadden provides some sage advice about choosing cookware, or more specifically, saucepans, in her book Tools for Cooks: 'Before buying, think carefully about how you will use and store your saucepans. Size, shape, weight and material are all important,' she advised. In short, I suggest that you look for items with a flat, solid base in sizes that will fit your cooktop and oven. Check the handles to make sure they're user friendly in your hands, as there's nothing worse than the edges of a handle digging into your hand when you're lifting a heavy pot. And as Ms McFadden points out, 'rivets or a firm weld are better than screws' and the handles and knob on the lid should be heat resistant.
In terms of stainless steel for utensils and cookware, 18/8 and 18/10 are the two most common 'grades'. The numbers refer to the ratio of chrome or chromium to nickel (i.e. 18/8 stainless steel = 18% chromium and 8% nickel). While being virtually indestructible, stainless steel can be a poor conductor of heat and heat distribution can also be uneven, hence why in some saucepans you'll notice food 'catching' in spots. I note that my vintage Rena-ware works beautifully on my gas stove top, but in my previous kitchen with its solid hotplates, the Rena-ware was very slow to heat.
These days, saucepans are made with three or five ply base that has aluminium or copper sandwiched in the bottom and up into the sides of the pan. From my perspective, the good thing about stainless steel is that it's long-lasting (as evidenced by my mother's Rena-ware), looks good, is easy to clean, and, with proper care and handling, can last a lifetime, or maybe even two!
Tell me about your favourite cookware, dear readers. Is it modern or is it vintage? Cast iron or stainless steel? Perhaps you have some treasured family cooking heirlooms too? Please do join the cookware conversation.
27/6/2014 09:39:41 pm
Sue, thanks for sharing the photos of your cookware on Twitter. My advice? Use it! : )
13/12/2016 05:12:32 pm
I enjoyed reading about your Rena Ware, I was given my mother's set after she passed in 1980. I live in east coast Canada. In early 1970 a salesman showed up at our door promising a great deal on cookware, the deal was.... a complete set of Rena Ware, a Kenwood stand mixer and huge cartons of this awful powdered milk, it could be purchased on a credit plan. Mom thought it a great deal. I have the Rena set, the Kenwood is still going strong and thank heavens that powdered milk went quickly being we had many in our household back in the day.
15/1/2016 10:54:56 am
I'm missing a couple if handles, I bought mine about 1980? Where can I get replacements?
15/1/2016 04:23:42 pm
Dee, are you in Australia? If you are in Australia, please contact RenaParts on Phone: (02) 9897 7675. http://www.rena.com.au/rena/
10/3/2016 04:56:58 pm
We have our Renaware 40 odd years now and they are almost the same as we bought them, all them years ago, GREAT value for money.
8/4/2016 09:26:34 pm
I'm a represent of Renaware u can email for any comments
21/4/2017 11:12:17 pm
Hi, I have a Rena-Ware electric frypan bought in the '70's and good as new. During our several moves over the last few years, the cord has gone to God ... The thermostat end of the cord has a thermostat probe in the centre with a casing for a flat pin either side.
15/11/2017 10:41:09 pm
Handles available at
5/1/2019 09:52:06 pm
I adore My Rena ware. They were my first purchase when I knew I was,getting married in 1957 from our local pots and pans salesman. I did the right thing. imade the best boiled potatoes of all the moms so their kids said. I have received free handles for them through the years. I also inherited my Aunt's that we purchased that same evening. The handles are cracked and some have broken but the pot is 100% fine. They have been in constant use for 61 years now. I acquired some at a garage sale, same with the handles. I want to pass them on to my children grandchildren and would like to get new handles., to make them safe.
15/11/2017 10:35:37 pm
I and all my siblings all have Rena Ware cookware, which we believe to be the best. Rena Ware is located in Factoria, Washington, USA and to my knowledge still sell replacement handles. We have used RenaWare since the 60's, almost everyday, and it's still looks and cooks beautifully. I love it. My sis needs a new electric thermostatic probe for her electric Rena Ware Skillet/Fry pan and was told to check her local small appliance parts store for a replacement. Can't say enough good about RenaWare. Thinking of selling any for reasonable price, let us know.
27/6/2014 09:40:40 pm
Wow Glenda, that's pretty cool! Been there done that with baby pooh mustard! I had a dinner set that colour! The oldest thing in my kitchen? Me! LOL!
Ooh, I like stainless steel too (it goes in the dishwasher) and it's quite bulletproof. Your set has so much history, Lizzy! I love that you can always cut back stainless steel with a dedicated cleaner, regardless of how badly it's burnt, but these days we mostly use our stainless pots for boiling pasta and porridge. We do have a lovely De Buyer saute pan and lid which cost an absolute fortune, but we've used it for nearly 20 years, and it's still as good as ever.
27/6/2014 09:43:27 pm
I love that too, Celia. Must admit my set needs a wee polish! I haven't had a good look at the Aldi copper/SS pots, but while they look good, there's a lot of polishing there with the copper... and, if you ask me, life's too short! : )
Hiya Celia, My understanding is that tin lined copper is the very very best you can get (it is what French chef's use) but regularly needs relining and there is hardly any one in Australia who does it any more. It is a dying art. Stainless steel lined copper is pretty cool though. I bought Maus a Mauviel sauté pan one year for Christmas and it cost a fortune. When I bought it I was told it was as good as you can get.
27/6/2014 10:04:17 pm
So anyway....as I was saying on Tiwtter, my mum got a set of Rena Ware when she got married in 1964 and is still using them. In fact, one of the saucepans had the temerity to allow its handle to rust away and finally gave up the ghoset last year. No problems, my Mum just wrote to Rena and they sent a replacement. Now THAT is a garauntee of quality. I won't tell the story of cooking dog food (as you did in the 60's) is case she wants to tell her on story later on in the comments. Cheers Liz!
27/6/2014 10:25:15 pm
Oh wow Fiona! That is a good guarantee! I'm sure the dog food was 'clean'. I look forward to hearing the story! : )
28/6/2014 12:26:52 pm
I've just posted that story Lizzy.
28/6/2014 12:26:15 pm
And I did tell that story Fiona. Thanks for the link. Since installing my induction cooktop I have bought two large Rena Ware frying pans as well which are used a lot.
28/6/2014 05:56:06 pm
Hi Jan! Fantastic that you are still using your Rena-ware!
18/6/2016 05:39:06 pm
I need handles and knobs desperately,tell me where to get them My pots and pans where purchased in 1964.
18/6/2016 06:29:16 pm
Donna, what part of the world are you in? I can't help you until I know...
28/6/2014 12:45:38 am
Having, not long ago bought an induction hob I had to buy a completely new set of cookware, the old stuff, good quality went in the shed to be kept for The Glams student kitchens. Wasted - I hear you say :) The hob has now cracked across the middle and I'm done with the intense nurturing it needs and we are getting gas - thank goodness. So those lovely pans which are no longer in the shed, would have been perfect. At least I'll be able to use my wok. GG
28/6/2014 02:20:16 pm
Lordy GG! Glad you're getting gas.... and so good that you can use your wok! I was never fond of the induction hob! We had one in the cooking school.
28/6/2014 02:26:34 am
Being vintage myself, I've still got some stainless steel I've been using since the 1960s. It's still good as new.
28/6/2014 02:20:34 pm
Yay Pat for vintage stainless steel!
28/6/2014 04:18:40 am
I totally agree. The storing and stacking aspect does matter, too.. Thanks for the tips!
28/6/2014 02:20:45 pm
My pleasure Julie.
28/6/2014 11:48:43 am
Hi Liz, read this post with pleasure, but I found it very hard to describe my cookware as it does appear to be so eclectic! However, I love my Corning ware, and funnily enough, I have an old battered saucepan, and Yorkshire pudding tin I acquired from my mum that I treasure! They don't look much, but, are special indeed!
28/6/2014 02:21:10 pm
Sounds like you have a diverse selection Andrea, which is a good thing! : )
28/6/2014 02:18:10 pm
Oh Liz: I am doubled up with laughter at the moment as 75% of my cooking is 'done' on RenaWare!!! Never knew the full history until just now :) ! An Estonian guy in the 60s was trying to make some extra brass selling these sets at [hold it!!!] a 1000 pounds [not dollars] a set and my in-laws were ripe for the pick! So I, as a young bride, got hauled over for the demo, and largely 'cause the guy was an Esto, we [smilingly[ swallowed his story of 'water-free cooking' [that was how they were advertised] and my then MIL bought set for herself and one for me ;) ! Liz: they are still absolutely perfect and I DO use at least a couple of pieces EVERY day :D !! Of course the advertising was skewed but these have served me better than anything else I do have in my kitchen!!! A kiss and a hug and a 'thank you' for a fab send and a huge memory . . .!!!!! Look after your ruddy foot!!!!!
28/6/2014 05:58:09 pm
Oh Eha, how wonderful to hear your story! My pots too have seen many, many, many batches of cabbage rolls, chicken soup, stuffed capsicums, pasta dishes and all sorts of other delicious things over the last 50 years! Yes, I am trying to rest up... worried about DVT at present, from too much sitting. Compression stockings are attractive aren't they! : )
28/6/2014 06:20:46 pm
[more smiles] And I have some roasted beef bones bringing heaps of aromas coming from my Rena stockpot as I write :) !!! DVT - make certain the backs of your legs are not against sofa, chair or whatever for periods of time and wriggle your lower legs, ankles [if you can] every time you think of it!!! Lift and shake legs . . . am certain all will be well and, personally, I would tell those stockings to '. . .' off for parts of every day :) !!!
28/6/2014 04:56:44 pm
If I had to choose only one material for cookware, it'd probably be stainless (with a decent core in the bottom, though). I say that even though my favorites all tend to be cast iron (including some nice Le Creuset, and my all time favorite frying pans are a pair that my wife inherited from her grandmother -- they're over 100 years old, and still going strong! But stainless lasts and if it's good quality, cooks well. Lately I've been using stainless to brown meat (I've been using other materials for this), and I have to say stainless browns like a champ. I'm lucky in that I have a lot of choices, so it's fun to switch among them from time to time!
28/6/2014 06:00:22 pm
Me too, John, I like having a good assortment! It makes cooking more fun!
28/6/2014 05:47:55 pm
I'm waiting for my new kitchen to buy myself a whole new set of cookware Lizzy. My current ones had vented lids that twisted, but all the plastic vents have gone brittle and broken off over the years leaving me with lids with whopping great holes in them :(
28/6/2014 05:59:43 pm
Oh Bec, won't it be lovely when do you buy yourself a new set! I bet you can barely wait!
28/6/2014 09:41:30 pm
Celia is so very kind! I do love cast iron I must say but I haven't cooked with clay. I love vintage pieces especially!
30/6/2014 02:21:23 pm
Surprising to learn you haven't cooked with clay, Lorraine : )
29/6/2014 10:08:24 am
I love that pic of your saucepan tower. I bet they have had some delicious concoctions in them. How great to have family heirlooms that you use so much in everyday life. Have an eclectic collection of saucepans myself but having read Celia raving about her clayware am having covetous thoughts of those too.
30/6/2014 02:21:39 pm
Andrea, so true!
29/6/2014 12:02:44 pm
i so enjoyed reading this, not just about the various types of pots and pans, but especially the story of your father giving you pieces before he returned to budapest; digressions like that are wonderful.
30/6/2014 02:21:57 pm
Elizabeth, thanks so much!
30/6/2014 02:22:11 pm
El, thank you kindly, slowly on the mend : )
30/6/2014 12:17:16 pm
I'm so glad your father enjoyed life after the death of his wife of 50 years. That certainly is a fantastic collection of saucepans and I love how they all stack. It must be lovely to have something of your mother's to use and treasure xx
30/6/2014 02:22:29 pm
Charlie, thanks for your very kind words... it certainly is xo
11/10/2014 05:29:24 pm
How wonderful to have all so new, Maureen... I agree, good pans are indeed worth the money.
11/10/2014 05:30:39 pm
My story is similar to Eha's. I own a Rena Ware set (6 pots and lids), I was a young bride then, late '60's. This happened in West Malaysia (S.E.Asia). It was a young University undergraduate who door knocked to make an appointment to demonstrate 'waterless' cookery with the Rena Ware cookware.
11/10/2014 05:31:30 pm
Thanks Lin, what an interesting story you've told here! I'm afraid I have had to chop out the recipe you posted, as it has been copied from another site without permission. Thanks for popping in!
16/11/2014 05:17:43 am
Hi Lizzy and Ladies
7/4/2015 02:24:13 pm
Better late than never for a reply. Yep ... Renaware handles are fine in the oven ... up to 200 deg C (or a hot oven).
7/4/2015 02:26:02 pm
Hi Jan, that's fantastic! My old set from my mum is still going too! Love it! Thanks for stopping by xo
22/6/2018 12:37:40 am
Hi Jan - a few years late. Can you tell me where you got handles here in Aust or overseas. I have an old pot that requires some maintenance. Handles only
14/5/2015 06:45:03 pm
Hi Elaine, I too have a set of RenaWare, and have been using them exclusively for 45years. I assure you that you can use in the oven but the max temp must not exceed 200 degrees celcius. LOL
13/5/2015 03:59:51 pm
Hello , Lizzy .
22/1/2016 10:28:58 pm
28/7/2015 07:38:15 pm
I have had my Rena Ware since the year dot it seems 1967 or there about and i would not and will not wish for a better quality of cookware I do not like the shape of the new stuff as compared to what I have. Great cookware and I will not let just anyone use it and I have two daughters who are fighting over who Mum should leave it to well I am not going anywhere fast I hope.Tremendous cookware I love it still after all these years.I have 8 pans to choose from and love them all . You can't beat it.
22/1/2016 10:28:40 pm
29/7/2015 11:56:25 am
Hy , Frizzy Lizzy ,lol .
22/1/2016 10:28:18 pm
Hi Kevin, thanks for sharing!
22/1/2016 10:27:59 pm
9/10/2015 07:04:53 pm
I found your site when looking for replacement knobs for my Rena ware that I bought in 1968. Still enjoy using them. Just cooking rice. Do not have rice cooker.
22/1/2016 10:27:41 pm
I love mine too, Jennifer!
9/11/2015 11:29:02 am
My Wife and I inherited a large set of Rena Ware from my Wife's Grandmother who bought the set in the early sixties. There were a couple of lid knobs chipped and handles cracked but a call to the UK Rena Ware distributor who resides in picturesque Bovey Tracey in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor provided me with replacements and spares plus a pack of Rena Lite cleaner - they all now look very smart for 50yr plus pans and work... terrifically well and look like they will still be doing so for another 50yrs - which is more than I will.
22/1/2016 10:27:20 pm
Hi John, good stuff, isn't it!
15/1/2016 04:39:52 pm
I have received requests for where replacement Renaware handles can be found - they did not say where they were - I am in UK so I can only advise on UK - but then I found a directory for all distributors
22/1/2016 10:26:54 pm
22/1/2016 10:23:59 pm
I too have a Rena ware set from the mid 60's .
22/1/2016 10:26:38 pm
Hello there... I would use a stainless steel cleaner with a soft cloth. If you are in Australia, contact RenaParts http://www.rena.com.au/rena/ If you want to preserve your vintage cookware, I suggest you wash it by hand.
24/1/2016 06:10:29 am
I agree that hand washing and hand drying is the best option as dishwashers are a bit harsh and can dull the surface polish - but worse - slowly eats the handles.
2/2/2016 02:06:21 pm
I have just found you'r web site. I purchased a full set of rena ware when living in Australia in the late 60's A great investment, I use them all the time, and only a month ago I gave them a good clean and polish. They look fairly new still, though on many occasions I have used them while camping. I have no way of getting a gas supply, which I do prefer for cooking. I am about to get an induction hob, as the hob I am using must be as old as the pots themselves. Can you give any advice about using rena ware for these hobs? Thank's for the site it's great to know I'm not alone in my love for my vintage cookware
2/2/2016 04:19:07 pm
Hi Pat, welcome to Good Things! I love my old Rena Ware too... and my newer pieces are quite beautiful! Yes, your cookware should be compatible with induction cooktop!
11/8/2016 04:43:01 pm
I have published a web site listing "http://renaware.com/customer-service/" in an earlier comment and it has Rena suppliers and support detail - in the UK I can phone my supplier I a wonderful place called "Bovey Tracey" on the edge of Dartmoor Devon.
2/3/2016 03:46:02 am
Hi Lizzy - purchased my Rena Ware in 1971 as a young 17yo as part of my 'glory box'... They were in storage for some years due to travels & after some years, thought I'd better learn to cook just before I got married!! They've been in constant use for 37 years & going strong / just needing some knob & handle replacements. I recently looked at the USA Rena Ware site & have learned so much about what the cookware can do re stack cooking/steaming/waterless etc so I feel they're about to have a whole new revamp & a bit of experimentation! Never thought of them being 'vintage' as they still work so well - reckon they'll see me out! Wonderful product. Have really enjoyed reading the reviews too / feel like we belong to the 'Rena Club' :-)
2/3/2016 04:15:32 am
Hi Vicki... isn't Renaware just THE BEST!? Thanks so much for sharing your story and joining 'the club' xx PS check out the new range and spare parts from Rena Parts http://www.rena.com.au/rena/
29/5/2016 09:07:48 pm
married in the late 60s I so wanted the renaware pots but they were well out of our reach then in the mid 70s I bought a set in a house clearence, I'm still using them, I've had other pots but I always go back to my renaware. They are starting to stick but I recon they will see me out.
23/4/2017 12:29:34 am
Mine too, Rosemary!
11/8/2016 04:14:16 pm
Sue, that's awesome. You should be able to source RenaWare handles in the States through the company. Have you tried googling?
23/9/2016 07:28:57 pm
23/9/2016 09:50:52 pm
Hi Jessica, sight unseen it's hard to know. Is the cookware old or new?
6/10/2016 07:00:42 pm
Hi, I still have my Rena-ware small frying pan with the oil inside it ... (Cat No 7207)
6/10/2016 07:56:57 pm
Hi Maggie, I have checked with Carmel from RenaWare in Sydney, and she advised: 'Unfortunately Renaware do not make the electric frypan nor any parts for it now.
2/1/2017 08:55:40 am
I bought my Rena Ware in 1970 in the United States but it was not stainless steel but aluminum covered with a black finish. I was told that food would not stick but it did all the time. I have not used them in a long time. A few I returned for replacement in the 90s because the black finish damaged. Do you know anything about these pans and how to use them? Still have a few.
23/4/2017 12:31:50 am
Hi Lina, no, I don't, sorry, but try calling Rena Parts in Australia on (02) 9897 7675
4/1/2017 09:18:03 pm
Hi Lizzy. I came upon your site the other day after a conversation with my father, Bernie Carrick. He was a salesman for Rena Ware back in the 60s. Of course we had our own set of Rena Ware back then. To this day they are still as good as new. I also have my own set which gets used daily. Dad was a very successful salesman and always says that when selling a product one believes in the product sales itself. He is a very modest man. Great to read so many people are still using/happy with the product. The old story. "You can't beat quality. Cheers
23/4/2017 12:33:02 am
That is so very true! Thanks so much for sharing your story.
16/2/2017 06:24:53 pm
hi . i am seeking a replacment electric power cord for a friend who will not part with her frypan/? can anyone help?????
16/2/2017 06:30:20 pm
Hello Heidi, what part of the world are you in?
22/4/2017 11:53:51 pm
23/4/2017 12:27:49 am
Maggie, please contact Carmel at RenaWare Australia on (02) 9897 7675. Cheers,
23/4/2017 12:42:54 am
Cheers Maggie, good luck with Gum Tree!
23/4/2017 12:32:23 am
Hello Heidi, I have put you in touch with Rena Parts Australia.
23/4/2017 12:41:46 am
22/4/2017 07:58:36 am
I bought my set of stainless steel, waterless RenaWare in early 1955. I have used the pots/pans on a daily basis since 1955. No yucky nonstick cookware for me.
23/4/2017 12:28:42 am
Oh, I wish I had one of those, Virginia!
15/5/2017 12:44:35 am
I am trying to buy renaware have purchased a few pots.conduction heating seems to be coming up a lot..some same u cant use it on it and i just read you can what is the confusion with the rena ware..and cobductiob heating please cheers glenys....brisbane
15/5/2017 04:11:35 am
Conduction cooking uses magnetic resistance and people with non-ferrous pans such as cast aluminium would need to replace them or use a steel interface disk.
27/10/2017 11:23:06 pm
I purchased my set of rena cookware in Australia in 1963 and have been using them constantly ever since. Last Thursday, I was cooking a stir-fry with lots of vegetables, onions, shallots, beans, capsicums etc and only put the lid on for a short time. I have been so disappointed that I cannot get the lid off now. Apart from this occasion I have been delighted with the product. Rang my son to seek advice, and he said, " take it out and bump the bottom on the concrete". It did not help! I was ever so pleased to find a telephone number I can ring Carmel (02) 9897 7675. Many thanks Lizzy
1/1/2018 05:44:37 am
1/1/2018 04:46:44 pm
Hello Jane, yes, the pots in my photo are the ones that my mother bought in the early 1960s and I'm still using them! But I'm not sure when they stopped printing the name on the handles. The electric frypan, OMG, how wonderful! I wish you happy cooking with it. xx
3/3/2018 01:07:41 am
I've had my set for 43 years. And I don't know what I did with my strainer. How d/I replace it?
3/3/2018 06:30:00 pm
Try an EBay search. I bought a strainer recently, with original booklet and clip-on handle. Then sent it all back because clip-on handle didn't fit newer handles.
18/3/2018 08:05:00 am
Morning, I have had a set since the late 60's and use it all the time. We don't even have a hob to cook on. I spent a few years in the 70's working as a rep and did quite well.
18/3/2018 08:28:18 am
19/3/2018 02:32:11 am
Many thanks Janice I live in England.
23/6/2018 06:13:16 pm
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