Today was kitchen day at the estate house. Kitchen day is my favorite because I’m somewhat of a kitchen junkie. Retro kitchen junkie, to be exact. Let’s face it, the 50’s, 60s, and 70s were the hey days for kitchens. They were streamlined, rather fuss-free, and practical. Oh so practical.
And they had Pyrex, the epitome of practical.
I’m totally planning on hoarding this stuff.
And, because God loves me like He loves the Yankees, I have access to loads of Pyrex at my estate houses. There really isn’t much in life more fun than snapping on the ol’ latex gloves and rummaging through kitchen cabinets searching for Pyrex. (I say fun, you say sad, tragic, pathetic…just keep it to yourselves.)
My love for extracting Pyrex from the bowels of retired kitchens started with a house we did in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The whole house was a treasure trove from post-Civil war to mid-century, but, like diamonds in the rough, the Pyrex caught my fancy.
And that’s where my
obsession healthy respect for Pyrex was birthed.
Since I’m new to collecting Pyrex and I can’t buy every piece at my estates sales (gotta leave something for the customers), my collection is rather inglorious and miniscule…
…compared to some.
But I know that through hard work (seriously, those latex gloves are nes/uh/sair/EE) and determination I, too, can have a wall of colorful beauties that I may or may not ever use to actually prepare meals for my family. I mean, I collect stamps (yes, I really do) but that doesn’t mean I’m mailing letters all the time (or ever).
**Legal disclaimer/conscience clearer: Please note that from here on the beautiful Pyrex babies will not be my own but, rather, pics pilfered from the web. However, I love them like they are my own. And that’s gotta count for somethin’ (as Pat Monahan from Train would say.)
So why Pyrex? What’s so special?
Well, for starters, it’s just plain cute.
And Pyrex really is practical. Just look at these bowls.
And there are bowls sans handles.
And there are generously-sized casserole dishes of either oval or rectangular shape.
And check out these smaller ones for just two people or leftovers. These colorful marvels are great for microwaving.
And these mini dishes?? They are darling, right?
Pyrex just makes the kitchen fun once again.
Bottom line: If it works for Joan…
…it works for me!