Pyrex Obsessions

Chances are there’s some in your kitchen; a pie plate, a bowl, or a baking dish of some sort. Pyrex is ubiquitous in Canadian kitchens, but back before the clear glass, tougher-than-tough bakeware, there were really beautiful and functional pieces in the collection. And anyone who cooked or baked in their parents homes in from the 60’s to the 80’s will remember them.

I’ve been obsessed with Pyrex ever since finding my first set of mixing bowls at a Toronto antiques shop. The fun part for me is finding mint-condition pieces at thrift shops or garage sales. I’ve amassed quite a collection!

Pyrex Primary Nesting Bowls

Pyrex Primary Vintage Nesting Mixing Bowls.
Pyrex Primary Vintage Nesting Mixing Bowls.

This 4-piece set of coloured mixing bowls came in a range of sizes, from large cereal-size, to double-wide mixing bowl. The series was most common and is much-coveted in the red-yellow-blue-green combination.

Pyrex Cinderella Nesting Bowls

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Similar to the regular nesting bowls, but these come with a spout on either side of each bowl; one narrow, the other wider. These also come in a whole other range of colours.

Pyrex Delphite

Canadian and much sought-after Pyrex Delphite.
Canadian and much sought-after Pyrex Delphite.

The rarest of the rare. Pyrex Delphite is said to be made and sold only in Canada. A lovely, creamy, milky light blue, it’s unique among all Pyrex collections. It’s extremely hard to find, and for that reason commands a high price.

Patterns A-plenty

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Some of my favourite include the rare “Dot”, “Friendship”, and “Golden Scroll”, not to mention Cosmopolitan and Moon Deco which are ultra rare.  The best pattern library resource I’ve seen is here at PyrexLove.com

Friendship pattern Pyrex.
Friendship pattern Pyrex.

Pyrex Care

If your Pyrex coloured dishes are washed out, and look like they’ve been sandblasted, you can thank your dishwasher for that. Years of harsh soaps and hit water will erode the finish. If you have antique quality pieces that you’d like to stay that way, in my experience,  you should always handwash.

Tin foil can be another Pyr-enemy. I’ve seen some of my pieces have some kind of reaction that leaves a permanent greyish-metallic film on the Pyrex surfaces where the foil’s been in contact. Skip it. Or use the lid your bakeware came with.

Metal tools will leave tiny marks inside your bowls, plates and casseroles. They’re tiny, but they’re there. Use silicone, plastic or wood if you want to maintain the finish. Some Pyrex buyers will take this into account when assessing the value of your pieces.

Vintage Pyrex Refrigerator Dish; what they had before Tupperware!
Vintage Pyrex Refrigerator Dish; what they had before Tupperware!

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Some more great Pyrex Resources I’ve found and fallen in love with:

The Pyrex Collective ,Corelle Corner , And the BBC’s History of Pyrex; the Social revolution!

And by the way.. I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts about coll Pyrex you’ve snagged for a song, pieces you’re lusting after, or the memories they bring up.  Comments WELCOME!

-Erin

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  1. I have the green Primary Nesting Bowl and got it back in the late 80s. My parents were renovating a house and this is one of the many pieces I “inherited” from the items remaining in the house.

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