This week for my Simple Pleasure post I’d like to share with you my love of vintage Pyrex. My first introduction to this pattern was actually through the family I nanny for. They have refrigerator dishes in this pattern and I fell in love at first sight. I’ve never asked where they came from, although I kind of wish I knew the story. Maybe it was passed down from one of the parents’ childhood homes? Maybe it was a super lucky thrift-store find? As I’m writing this out I realize now I need to know. Anyway, even before I discovered how functional they are, I loved them. This set of casserole dishes above was a very thoughtful christmas gift from one of my dearest friends. I have never yet used them in the oven because I’m terrified they will crack. I’d love to have more accurate information on their heat capacity before I attempt to bake in them.
This is my own set of the refrigerator dishes I first fell in love with. Although the family I work for doesn’t have the largest size. I love rustic-feeling farm-inspired things. I hope to raise my own chickens one day, although that’s a whole other story (so okay, now you know, it was the rooster that really did me in). These were a beautiful Christmas gift from my siblings the previous year; it was a marvelous two years of Pyrex gifts! I enjoy these every time I open the cupboard they’re kept in, but the best thing about the vintage Pyrex is that it’s microwavable. I’ll put in about a 1/2 inch of water, add as much broccoli as fills the dish, microwave for 2-3 minutes, and it’s perfectly steamed! It’s so quick and convenient. They are also supposedly dishwasher safe, although I always hand wash mine because the set my employer owns has lost its pattern due to dishwashing. My theory is that our dishwashers these days are more effective than those from when these dishes were made. I’d rather not risk it! I also have a single mixing bowl that I found at an antiques store in Salem, MA. I love how vintage Pyrex is like Le Creuset; you can choose your preferred pattern and/or color. Although combining colors and patterns could be equally beautiful and possibly more interesting!
Are you a Pyrex fan? Are there any food storage containers you can’t live without?