Cooking has never been so easy with all the modern, brand-new cookware sets that are made available in the market, but there are kitchen owners who still prefer to use vintage cookware. The vintage pieces that still exist today are mostly manufactured during the 1950s and 1960s, which means you can easily find one from your grandmother’s kitchen. You can only imagine the quality of the cookware she used if she has managed to pass them down to you or your mother.
If your grandma gives you Descoware cookware pieces, then you are very lucky. No less than legendary chef Julia Child has total adoration for Descoware. Originally made in Belgium, Descoware is a brand of enamelware that has become the cookware of choice from the famous TV chef. There are only few genuine Descoware pieces left in existence, since the original company closed shop during the 1970s.
Descoware cookware, as well as other pieces from popular cookware brands, is practically indestructible, but it does not mean that you can do just about anything to it. Since these vintage pieces are already several decades old, there is already an immense amount of wear and tear in them, which could have destroyed cookware of lesser quality. You should observe proper care and use to make vintage cookware last as long as it should like any other cookware like topmost ceramic cookware. Here are some things to remember when using antique cookware:
- Find out the correct way to use the piece by looking for the manufacturer’s mark. This is probably a must since chances are, you don’t have the original box and instructions that went along with it. Call the manufacturer and ask for specific instructions in using and taking care of the product that you have.
- In case you can’t locate the manufacturer’s mark, you should at least find out what the piece is made of. Knowing the type of material used in creating that pot or pan you have is essential in the proper care and maintenance of vintage cookware. There are some vintage cookware pieces that you can’t use in the microwave since they were created during the time when there is still no microwave. Make sure your cookware is oven-safe.
- The dishwasher is the not the place for your vintage cookware. Heat and water pressure can destroy the pieces. You should not use bleach and abrasive materials for cleaning the pieces. Wash them by hand and dry using a soft towel. Decorated enamelware should be washed in sudsy water.
- Do not subject vintage cookware to extreme temperature changes. This means you should not put your vintage pan inside the refrigerator soon after you remove it from the oven. You should let the pan to cool down first before placing it inside the refrigerator. The freezer is entirely out of the question. Extreme temperature changes can cause your vintage cookware to break or crack.
- To remove rust, dissolve 1 tablespoon oxalic acid crystals in ½ cup warm water and apply to stains. Rinse after a few minutes.