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Descoware Stories: Markley Descorama Farm Kitsch Set, Descoware Flame Beanpot

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Here's my story: These were my grandma's pans or they might have been my mother's. It looks like they've never been used, but I can't be sure. I have a vague memory of seeing them "around."

When my mother passed away, I took them home. I have had the smaller ones hanging on my pan rack with some copper. I recently decided to buy a new cooktop, which is induction heat and you have to use pans with which a magnet will stick. I have a nice set of Farberware from the '70s, but the magnet won't stick to them. So I tried the magnet on my copper pans. Nope, didn’t work.

Just for fun, I tried to stick the magnet to these yellow pans. Yep! It worked in a big way. So I went online to try to find out more about these pans, and I came to your site. I'm kind of excited now that I have these in great condition. So now my question for you is: Do I dare cook with them? I figured they were from the '70s, but it sounds like they are really from the 1950s. I was hoping they would work on an induction cooktop so I wouldn't have to buy a new set of pans. If you have any advice, I will gladly take it.

The sizes are: 6.5 inches frying pan or butter melter; 11-inch frying pan; 8.5-inch casserole dish with lid; and a 7-inch sauce pan with lid. Thanks for any help.

~ Pam Buckner, Colorado, USA

 

Descoware's limited edition yellow Descorama kitch farm cookware set (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge) | Photo credit: Pam Buckner

Descoware's limited edition yellow Descorama kitch farm cookware set (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge)| Photo credit: Pam Buckner

 

Descoware's limited edition yellow Descorama kitch farm cookware set (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge) | Photo credit: Pam Buckner

Descoware's limited edition yellow Descorama kitch farm cookware set (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge)| Photo credit: Pam Buckner

 

Response:

Dear Pam,

How fabulous for you to have acquired these magnificent pieces! I've been trying to get one of these farm animal pieces for ages. From your photos, they are in excellent condition.

I've done a bit of searching about, and from what I'm reading, you should be able to use these on your induction stove without a problem. Be aware, though - induction cooktops heat up FAST, so don't EVER put your Descoware pots/pans on the burner empty. The fast, intense heat could very well crack and ruin the enamel coating. So be sure that there is some liquid or food in the piece before heating up the burner. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

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In 1973, my mother gave me her only piece of Descoware for my first apartment. It had been a part of her own kitchen. I didn't know how to cook, but learned to cook using this beanpot to make stew, soup, and homemade spaghetti sauce. The sad thing is—my mother gave me the pot without its lid!!! I improvised for years—using mismatched ill-fitting lids. Then, about three years ago (34 years later), my mother gave me a box of odds and ends—which included the original lid for the pot!! I was so thrilled. Oddly enough, she had no idea the lid was in the box.

I talked to my mother later and she told me that she had no idea the lid was in the box of stuff she gave me over 30 years later. So, it was just a very random coincidence that the lid still existed and made its way to my house.

I grew up in Tyler, Texas and that is where the beanpot was originally purchased. I've taken it everywhere with me and it has moved several times. Now, the beanpot lives at our house in Dallas, Texas.

I still use this pot often and will never part with it.

~ Susan Daniel, Texas, USA

 

Flame-red Descoware beanpot, reunited with its lid after more than three decades (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge) | Photo credit: Susan Daniel

Flame-red Descoware beanpot, reunited with its lid after more than three decades (right-click image, then select 'View Image' to enlarge) | Photo credit: Susan Daniel

 

 

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