I know I'm lucky my house didn't burn down, but do I really need to buy new cookware?
July 20, 2009 6:54 AM Subscribe
Can I safely use a burnt Revere Ware copper-bottomed saucepan?
posted by Meg_Murry to food & drink (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an old Revere Ware copper-bottomed saucepan, maybe 30 years old. I was heating some water on the gas stovetop and got distracted--called away to another room, stupidly left the pot boiling for a good hour or so. By the time I returned, all the water had boiled away, the inside of the pot was swirled with white powdery marks, and the bottom had a thin layer of black burnt stuff flaking off. Under the black layer, which I can scrub off pretty easily, there's still copper.
I'd rather throw away the pot than risk having the bottom fall off while cooking or some other disaster, but I don't want to throw away a still-usable pot. Is it safe to use?