Monday, May 16, 2011

Vintage Magnalite® roaster

My friend Chris Z. and his sister Jeanne were cleaning out their mother's house in Northeast Philadelphia.  Mrs. Z. passed away earlier this year.

Chris and Jeanne, knowing that I enjoy cooking, invited me to the house to go through the kitchenware and take away what I wanted.  Well, I made out like a bandit:  a big, square Corningware® casserole, an almost-unused tube cake pan, a couple 9-inch round cake pans, a stainless roasting pan, and probably best of all, a magnificent Magnalite® covered roaster.

My grandmother had several pieces of Magnalite, which is cast aluminum cookware.  It's sturdy, durable, even-heating, shiny, ovenproof, and beautiful.  I always loved my grandmother's pots and roaster, but my aunt still uses them.  Now I have my own.  And I am eternally grateful to Chris and Jeanne. 

I washed it up tonite, and will use it this weekend.  A nice pot roast, perhaps?

I look forward to preparing a wonderful meal and inviting Chris and Jeanne for dinner.


  1. Wow that's beautiful! I'm jealous.

  2. We were given one this size and a smaller one last winter. My Mom found them at a garage sale...both for $10 I think. Scoreeeeee!

  3. What did you use to clean it? Just picked one up and need some suggestions on what to use.


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