Clean Your Vintage Revere Ware the Easy Green Way

Starting the process of cleaning a vintage Revere Ware pot

Cleaning vintage Revere Ware pots and pans is easy, green, inexpensive, and well worth the effort given the even heating these icons of cookware produce. They’re really exceptional pieces.

I’m particularly fond of the older patent pending pieces with the thicker copper cladding, although you can still find good value in newer, vintage pieces made in the U.S.

Some kitchenistas baulk when they see brown, oxidized copper, but never fear. It takes only a few minutes to bring a copper bottom back to life.

You will need a lemon or lemon juice, salt, and soft, clean, cloth or paper towels.

I wear gloves, my reading glasses and put everything on a sheet as I have gotten overly enthusiastic with the lemon and salt spraying everywhere.

If you are using a lemon, cut one in half and sprinkle some salt on it. Start off gently rubbing the lemon following the circular edge of the cookware so that you don’t mark the pan.

You can see how easily the vintage Revere Ware cleans up

I usually have a big bottle of lemon juice from a wholesale warehouse on hand and often use that instead of the lemon. I sprinkle salt on the pan, lemon juice on the cloth, and proceed. In this instance my cleaning cloths were in the washer so I used paper towels.

While I hadn’t yet scrubbed the edges of the pot when I took the final picture, I would say it took me about two to three minutes of cleanup to get to that point.

Two minutes and your vintage Revere Ware is shiny

So there you go. Cleaning vintage Revere Ware is so easy there’s no reason not to enjoy this copper cookware that is made for the ages and the discerning cook.

    4 Responses

  1. Annie says:

    Hello,
    I noticed you use Lemon, salt etc to clean your copper bottom Revere Ware.

    I have bought over the last couple of years from Thrift shops. Allot of Older Revere ware copper bottom made in the USA.
    I use Bar Keepers Friend to clean the bottoms with, and also to shine them up.
    Will BKF ruin the copper or stainless?

    I have to say, I like the older made in the USA, Farberware better, as the bottom seems thicker, and Farberware is a bit heavier..

    When I got married YEARS AGO, it seemed everyone was registered for Farberware or Revere Ware.

    My Choice was Farberware, but over the years my kids took it, but I now have replaced all the pieces with wonderful thrift store finds, for very little money.
    Just bought another 12in fry pan with the helper handle, with the large tall lid, for under $10.00, and I must add, its in perfect shape. Very clean, and the handles are like new.
    For me it is exciting to find such wonderful finds for such good prices..

    If I find other older Farberware that I already have, I buy it, and give it to one of my Grandkids.
    One is a Chef and loves the old stainless Farberware over the new thick hard iodized cookware, that is over a $100.00 a pan, or pot..

    That said I bought a few weeks ago, a 10 inch Farberware fry pan. It was in good condition on the inside and the handles, except the bottom was black..
    Did I make a mistake by using a oven spray cleaner on it? (did it outside).
    It did get it clean, but the bottom is now more of a silver whitish color!!
    I have not used that pan yet, did I ruin the pan?

    Thank you,
    Annie

  2. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Annie,

    That’s an unusually excellent price on that skillet. Congratulations!

    I’m probably not the best person to speak on specialized cleaning products. I try to stay away from them whenever possible.

    I would read the BKF label and see whether the company says it is safe for copper/stainless. I personally stick with the salt and lemon treatment on Revere Ware because I don’t have to pay for/store a specialized cleaner, it doesn’t hurt the Revere Ware, plus I am sure of the safe ingredients.

    I really don’t know about the oven cleaner on Farberware. I don’t own any as I use baking soda and vinegar instead. I clean gunky pan bottoms with successive soaks in warm vinegar water. I go to the baking soda and vinegar solution for really bad issues.

  3. jennie hoskins says:

    I have acquired a few pieces of Revere Ware that have been in the wrong hands, lol. The bottoms are caked with burned on -not sure what- guessing spills and boil overs? One saucepan the carbon is about 1/8 inch thick! How can I clean these up without damaging them further?

  4. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Jennie,

    I tend to soak icky pans in a warm vinegar water bath. Wait for a little gunk to loosen and hit it with a scrubbie, then rinse and repeat. Take a look at my Lisk roaster post and you’ll see what I mean. You can also mix together vinegar with baking soda and GENTLY scrub after it foams. The copper on Revere Ware pots is plating and I have seen pots where it was scrubbed off. So cleaner beware. 🙂

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