Confessions of a Pyrex Hoarder Part 1: Why Pyrex and How to Display It


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Please note that this is Part 1. In order to go into pattern names and makers of some of the items pictured that aren’t Pyrex (as well as their pattern names and history), I’ll be doing a Part 2 at some point.

Photo courtesy of the Alabama Farmer’s Federation

Okay, I’m now ready to admit it. For the first time. Ever. Earlier this week, while trying to organize my Pyrex in four different locations in the house, I kept coming across empty spots, so I’d go upstairs and bring down just a few more pieces. Then I’d find another empty spot, so I’d go get a few more pieces. Then I finally decided to just bring it all down and look at it, but five trips later I came to the conclusion that was going to be an impossible task. I discovered pyrex in drawers, on shelves, in boxes, under my guest bed, in cabinets, stacked under tables from the last photo shoot, and even in a tower of boxes that were just shipped back from a photo shoot for my next book.

My husband looked at me and said “Now, do you think you have enough dishes?”

For the first time ever, I nodded. Yup. now I do.

But I know a lot of y’all think they’re as pretty and fun as I do because I heard back in BIG ways from y’all when I posted photos on Facebook and Instagram (follow me here). So today I thought I’d answer some of the questions you’ve sent in and tell you a little more about the whats, whys, and hows of my collection.

Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?

Why do I buy vintage Pyrex?

1. It’s pretty. Vintage Pyrex, with it’s assortment of patterns and colors, is just flat out pretty and cheerful. I don’t keep my collection just to Pyrex, though. I love all vintage milk glass and also hae a wide assortment of Fire King, Hazel Atlas, Federal Glass, and more.

2. It’s functional. I use every single piece of pyrex you see here. Whenever I go to bake something, especially when I’m photographing it, I grab a different bowl or dish.

3. It’s affordable – sometimes. I am always shopping for deals. If I want something very badly, I may see it in five different auctions or flea markets, but I don’t buy it until I find it at a good price. Chances are, if you need a dish, you can buy a new one with no chacter or cuteness to it, or for the same money (if you shop around) you can get a vintage piece with history and charm.

Note: I don’t use the new pyrex to bake in as it is made of a different type of glass and is not as durable as the vintage pyrex. While I have no problem baking in a dish that is forty years old or more, I ‘m not comfortable using a pyrex baking dish made in 2013 :) Two different products entirely. Yes, I’ve had new pyrex dishes explode on me.

Reader Question: Where do you get all of my pyrex? Ebay, flea markets, thrift stores, and a few pieces have been passed down to me by my mother and my husband’s family.

Reader Question: How do you care for your Pyrex collection? Mine stays dusty! 

I NEVER Wash pyrex in the dishwasher, or any other vintage dishes for that matter. A good rule of thumb is, if Dishwashers weren’t common when it was invented, it is not dishwasher safe. Doing so will result in a dull, often chalky finish, and paint loss.

Use it! I don’t have to dust my pyrex because I use it pretty often. You’ll never see my pyrex arranged the same way twice for this very reason.

Reader Question: How do you display your Pyrex so the bowls don’t nest in each other?

Great question! It’s easy to store all of your bowls for display without having them nest into each other. All you need is a quick trip to the store to get some of these puppies:

I use the Rubbermaid small, Ziploc small, and Ziplock Extra Small bowls. These are the little plastic ones like you might store leftovers or pack your lunch in.

Each of these has a different height and diameter so I play with them to see how high up I need my bowls to be. Some of the patterned ones need to be taller for the pattern so show, so I’d use the center bowl for that. Some of my sets may have four or five to a set so I’d use the left one for that, and sometimes, if I need them to sit even closer, I use one of these bowls without the lid on it so they only have an inch or so rise.

Pyrex New Dot Bowls with small ziplock containers inside them.

Stack like this!

Note, these are not Cinderella bowls. These are regular bowls…

I just want a little rise on these smaller bowls so I don’t use the lids, and stick a small bowl inside each one..

Note: These are all Cinderella bowls. That is a design name for bowls that have handles. Many patterns came in both regular and Cinderella bowls. If you’ll look, you’ll see that one handle is larger than the other. Each handle actually has raised sides and serves as a spout for pouring, so each Cinderella bowl has a larger spout on one side and smaller on the other, to make it a breeze to use regardless of what you were cooking. I have no idea why Pyrex has completely abandoned this innovation and quality these days – but they have.

to get this effect!

Sometimes, with the larger sets, you may have to use a small container in the larger bowls and graduate to a smaller container for the top bowl, too, so I like to get all three sizes to have on hand whenever I’m working on a display.  

I love these beautiful sunflower casseroles. It’s hard to find them with the lids intact.

HINT FOR SHIPPING: If you find a set like this on Ebay and win it, I always email the seller and offer to pay an additional $5.00 to help them package it. This really increases my survival rate during shipping!

A sunflower bowl joins it’s yellow friends in holding casserole ingredients for me.

I use this gooseberry pink refrigerator dish, that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, to marinate chops and chicken in.

Pyrex Lasagna Dishes. Pattern names are (from top to bottom): Snowflake Garland, Spring Blossom, Friendship, and Butterfly Gold. These are great dishes for casseroles and cakes and they’re just slightly larger than your average 9×13.

A few dishes from my casserole collection.

Pyrex Amish Butterprint in Yellow (on left). This is usually seen in turquoise and like most pyrex patterns this one comes in refrigerator dishes, mixing bowls (Cinderella and regular), casseroles, and more. On the right is Gooseberry Pink, one of the most popular and expensive patterns right now. Unfortunately, many pieces of this pattern seem to have met their demise in the dishwasher because most of what you find will have a faded or chalky finish.

READER QUESTION: How does your backsplash transition to the fridge? It doesn’t, it just stops onthe rght side of the fridge and then never starts again. I received several compliments on my granite countertops and thought they were so sweet but I gotta tell y’all, that’s just plain old formica :)


READER QUESTION: I love your new addition. Can you tell us about it? Thank you so much! Above are the before and after pictures of that corner. My dad got all of the cabinets in a house he worked on. A family replaced them and didn’t want the old cabinets anymore, so they were free. Some people nowadays like to call this “repurposing” or “recycling” but we’ve always just called making do and being smart. Remember that song “I was country, when country wasn’t cool”? We were cheap, before they had a billion dollar industry devoted to touting the values of being cheap. :)

All I had to do was buy a piece of formica to go on the countertop that matches the rest of my counters. I also bought some new drawer pulls and cabinet handles but we haven’t got around to putting those in yet. The display cabinets originally had doors but I wanted them open, so we just took them off and painted in the holes! I ended up wtih a LOT more kitchen space.

Normally, this is where my coffee station is, which is wonderful. In the morning, when I’m cooking, people can come fix coffee without ever having to enter my workspace :). whenever I have photo shoots, I can just move the coffee fixin’s to another counter and set this up all pretty like!

Before we added the cabinets, I used some cubbies in that corner to store nd display Pyrex. I got those on sale for about $30 each at Lowe’s.


Reader Question: Is that a dinette set I see in the photo? I’d love to know the history of it! – Well you see, I wanted more space in my kitchen. Adding onto the house is not an affordable option but I had this big old white sunroom we never used other than to walk through it to go to the back door. It wouldn’t do for a formal dining room (not that I’m formal, or care to be), but I thought it would lend itself just fine to a 50’s style diner! I ordered diner style furnture from a restaurant supply store and it ended up costing me far less than a dining room suite would have cost.

My sunroom: A.K.A. “The Diner”

I got a booth, two four-top tables, one 2-top table, and seven chairs in addtion to the booth seating. We LOVE our diner and usually eat supper in our booth each night. I keep the two top in the kitchen for a little breakfast/homework table for the kids. For more photos of my diner and some of the fun signs I have around it, click here to visit a special post I did on it.

P.S. If you are seeing this photo, please know that I do not have a restaurant :) A lot of people hear me talk about my diner and email me wanting to know the address and what my hours are. :) I’m always honored that someone would want to go out of their way to eat my cooking, but I’m juggling about all I can manage as it is so I’m doing good to feed my own family :)

Our Pyrex gets a lot of use!

Reader Question: I always wonder what a person’s refrigerator looks like inside if they cook a lot. Does this make me a bad person for being so nosey?? I may be hoping it is as unorganized as mine lol! I think this makes you human and you hoping that others may be as unorganized as you is a natural product of folks on tv lying like a rug about how organized they are. Pfft. It’s like those Mama’s that pretend their children are always angels. In trying to make themselves look like perfect mothers, they end up doing a disservice to women everywhere. Rest assured, my fridge is so unorganized – I don’t think I’ll ever post a photo :)

Reader Question: Could you tell me about the bowls with the tulip design my aunt left me the set and I’d love to know some history. Thanks. Sure can! Those are made by Fire King and the design of the bowl is called “Splash Proof” because they are very deep.

Fire King came out with all sorts of gorgeous and colorful patterns in these bowls but the tulip pattern has ended up being the most sought after. I’ve seen a complete set of bowls going for over $200 and the grease jar alone can easily sell for that much. If you keep an eye out, though, you can get the bowl set for well under $100 and the grease jar for about $75 (if you’re very, very lucky).

Be careful when shopping, as there are many reprodutions of this pattern out there. Reproductions of this one are usually easy to spot, though. Rather than be milk glass, which you can see light through, they are solid. If you’ll look at the picture below, the salt and pepper shakers are reproductions and the rest is authentic. Pictured with them is a Fire king Tulip grease jar. This was part of an original range set which would have contained a grease jar as well as the salt and pepper shakers. An intact grease jar is difficult to find and usually very expensive when you do, especially with the lid. I suggest look for the items separately, as the lids of most patterns of this were all white and it would be easier (and most likely cheaper) to find them on their own and then make your set when you do. This pattern was most likely made in the forties and fifties. Read below the next photo for more information on Fire King…

Reproduction salt and pepper shakers are easy to spot. I bought these cheap, knowing they were repos but wanting them for display.

The little bowls in the center are made by Fire King and originally came with cottage cheese in them.

A great deal of Fire King was given away as promotional items. Most of my Jadeite dishes were giveaways at gas stations when you filled up your tank. Fire King was also given away in food products such as bags of flower.

 The tiny tulip bowls on the shelf in the photo above (center) are also Fire king, they were sold with Cottage cheese in them.


 Reader Question: Where did you get that scale? Do you use it? Is there any history behind it? Well, I got that at Cracker Barrel a few years back. It’s definitely not an antique but I thought it was cute! It’s got a john deere tractor on it and, being a Farmall gal myself, I thought a little splash of John Deere green would just lend balance to the place :) AND I do love my Cracker Barrel. My friend, Jyl, was traveling with me for about a week during my book tour in 2010 and she ended up with all of these photos of us eating at Cracker Barrel on her facebook page. Finally she said “If you’re traveling with Christy, she’ll ask you where you want to go eat lunch, but you just need to know that you’ll eventually end up eating at Cracker Barrel.” heehee.

Reader Question: Where did you get your curtains? I love them!

Thank you! My Mama made those for me out of a Michael Miller Fabric called “Fifties Kitchen” she also made me a bag holder that I just love and she makes those to sell so if anyone wants one give me a holler. She puts a great deal of time into them and one exactly like mine is $25, but she also makes them to match different kitchens. But it’s made by Mama and it has a little apron on that covers up the tube that holds the bag as well as three little buttons along the top of the apron.

Note: My curtain shot looks yellow-y but the bag holder shows the actual color of the fabric.

Reader Question: I would love an upclose photo of your range … so many fabulous things come out of it that it must have a halo! ~giggles~ You are so sweet! Here is how I chose this oven: It came with the house. Someone asked me once what kind of oven I had and I told them I had no idea, but it was black and stainless and it worked. I use an electric range, have never had gas in anyplace I lived, and it has a smooth glass cooktop and YES I do use cast iron on top of my stove. As long as your cast iron pan is flat on the bottom, it’s just fine.

Here is my little stove. I’d love to have a pretty red one or one of those gorgeous vintage ones – but I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money when this one works just fine. If I ever do, I’ll give this stove to someone who could use it, and then I wouldn’t feel so bad about buying a new one. I can’t see that happening until I move to my next house, in a city that will allow me to have chickens :)

Middle left, white bowls with red print of windmills and dutchboys and girls.

Reader Question: Is there a Pyrex bowl that is never allowed to be used by anyone? Do you have a favorite? I DO have a favorite! It’s actually not even pyrex, but Hazel Atlas. It is this windmill milk glass bowl set. I’ve always loved them and had searched for a very long time to try to find a set like my Mother’s. About a year ago, I was at her house and talking about them. I mentioned where all and how long I’d searched for a set like hers and that I’d come up empty handed so I wanted her to be on the lookout too. When I got ready to go, she handed me a bag. She’d taken her bowls out of the cabinet, wrapped them up, and put them in a bag for me to take home. “Here, I want you to just go ahead and have them and enjoy them now while I’m still alive to see it.”

As you can imagine, they are one of my most prized kitchen possessions, right up there with Mama’s stainless steel and copper rolling pin that my great grandmother bought her with green stamps when Mama was thirteen. Even as precious as they are to me, though, I still use them whenever I want. The only think in my kithen that doesn’t get used is the one Big Top Peanut Butter glass that still has the original sticker on it.

Reader Question: How about a picture of how the shelf over the window looks now? I’m a barefoot girl, too. I even go out sometimes in the winter to the mailbox with bare feet. Here ya go! It has evolved a lot over the past few years and I’m always taking things down and putting more things up there. I try to keep it practical and usually have some cooking ingredients up there, too, which DO end up getting replaced because I use them. I really never wear shoes unless I’m going somewhere.

Well, here is the left side. A vintage Pyrex coffee pot made as a promotional item for Maxwell House, some veggies that I will eventually eat (except for the Rutabagas, I have never had one in my life but the can was pretty), a special chair that my Grandaddy made for me before he passed away, a Shoney’s big boy bank, some baking soda….

Random nicknacks, a little See Rock city birdhouse ornament, a tiny bottle of ALAGA syrup, cast iron amish people, syrup from Cracker Barrel, jadeite rooster, old fashioned tooth fixadent bottle, peppers in sauce, antique coffee mill…

Some evaporated milk (I’m forever using this and having to put more up there), a recipe box filled with handwritten recipes that a reader gave me when their family member passed away, Prince Albert in a can (Oh the phone calls we could make!), and jars of popcorn and white beans.

Note: All groceries on these shelves get used. It is display space but also a good spot to stick mason jars once I fill them to get them out of the way. You usually see a lot more mason jars up here than I have right now.

It didn’t end up in these photos but I also have a Tobasco Bottle filled with sand from Iraq that a soldier sent me when I was 17. I used to address letters to “Any Servicemember” for the folks who didn’t get mail and ended up writing back and forth with several of them. One person asked if there was anything they could send me and I asked for some sand from there. I found out later that this was technically illegal (because some people don’t have any skillset other than thinking up ridiculous laws) but I’m so glad he sent it because I’ve had that bottle in a special place wherever I’ve lived for over two decades now.

Reader Question: Where did you get your Flour and Sugar Canisters?  I actually made those. I got the canisters at Target and Wal Mart and then spraypainted the lids candy apple red with Krylon. I designed the lettering and my father in law cut it out of red vinyl for me. I used to sell sets of the canister words in the Southern Plate store back before I realized that I’m better at writing and giving recipes away than I am at selling things :). After a while, the paint chips off the lids a bit, which I think gives it an even more authentic feel. I modeled them after my favorite Tom’s Jar.

Reader Question: What is that little house cookie jar you have? This is a Nestle Toll House cookie jar. I think they came up with them in the eighties and you had to send in for them. Lo and behold they’ve become quite the collector’s item. My mother got one when they first came out and she originally paid a good bit for hers. They generally sell for about $50 now but Mama and I picked this one up at an antique mall in Tennessee for $15.00.

I know you think I have a lot of Pyrex at this point..but you haven’t seen the half of it!

this is a somewhat cluttered photo of more pyrex…

Copyright 2012, Taste of the South Magazine

Here is a photo with a little Pyrex peeking in that was in Taste of The South Magazine…

and there is still more in my guest room, sunroom, living room (I have a sideboard in there), and some of it is usually in different parts of the country as well. I just got five boxes worth back from a photoshoot in Savannah for my next book – I haven’t even opened them yet because while the pieces were away having their picture taken,their spots got filled in with other pieces!

And THEN I found out about JAJ or Crown Pyrex…. As it turns out, when Pyrex was all the rage in the US, a company known as JAJ or Crown got rights to make it in the UK. They then proceeded to make bowls and dishes out of the same material, but with completely different designs, shapes, and sizes!!!! Some of the designs resemble those made in the US but some of drastically different, and utterly beautiful.

I’m. Just.  Not.  Going.  To. Think. About.  Those.

I can’t.

Truly… I can’t…

But if anyone wants to go on a field trip to the United Kingdom to hunt Pyrex, save me a seat :)

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  1. Kristen says

    I just inherited my grandmother’s set of 4 primary color Pyrex bowls (it was missing the green one but I already had one from a garage sale). Unfortunately the large yellow one has many grey scratch marks all over the outside that don’t seem to have nicked the paint. Any ideas how to clean this up a bit?
    Thanks for your beautiful post!!

  2. Kathlee says

    Hi, Can you help me learn more about those nasty reproduction Fire king white tulip nesting bowls and grease jar…… I found two at a yards sale with lids but the color is very white and theyhave Oven Fire King ware 24 made in usa, but my older slightly darker set only has the words OVEN Fire King Ware …….I have learned that reproduction of the tulip nesting exist, but can’t find much info on them…….thanks for the help…

  3. chris miller says

    Hello. I read your blog and I have some rare Pyrex England triangle refrigerator glasses listed on ebay. The item number is 231320707328, if you’re interested. I also have a lot of old clear glass from the 1920-1930’s. I have a metal Pyrex lid on a snowflake pattern dish on ebay-331305980035.
    Thank you.

  4. Danny K. Blevins says

    I once tested an old Pyrex bowl for lead and the indicator seemed to indicate that the bowl had a high lead content. Do you know if some of the older Pyrex dishes have lead in them? Are there any Pyrex dishes that are known to be unsafe, due to lead content? Thanks

  5. beth says

    Hello, I found a Pyrex 575-B at a garage sale. I think it’s part of the pink daisy collection, but it’s reversed with pink daisies on white milk glass. Would this be a reject or maybe part of a special or limited collection? I’ve been unable to find any information on this piece.

    Thank you,


  6. Jeanette McClintick says

    Love the pyrex. I have a set of the of turquoise Cinderella bowls that I received as a wedding present over 40 years ago. I use them constantly (and they don’t go in the dishwasher). A few years ago, I dropped the largest and was heart broken. I have replaced it with a lavender one that I found at an antique mall. I haven’t seen the turquoise anywhere. I noticed that you didn’t have one either. I also have a turquoise pyrex casserole dish with lid that used to use a lot but don’t use as much now. Both are from the same time period. My Mom had a set of red green and yellow pyrex bowls that must have been from late 40’s or early 50’s. I can see those and remember all of the great things that came out of them

    Now I use more Corning ware and have a spice set from the 70’s. I’ve lost my favorite that I can’t find anywhere. How can you lose something like that?

    Thanks again for the trip down memory lane.

  7. Cheryl says

    I recently inherited a set of primary color Pyrex nesting bowls. They are quite greasy but otherwise in good condition. How should I get all this grime off without hurting the color. Obviously I won’t use the dishwasher, but there are some dark spots and the grime is thick. Thanks!

  8. Kyla Gayle says

    I’ve been actively collecting Pyrex for about a year now but always loved it. Other than mixing something up in my bowls, I have not actually baked in them. I am planning a Thanksgiving meal and was wondering if you have any advice. I know not to use foil, especially on designs. Even though vintage is much more trustworthy than new, I am still paranoid I will end up with a broken dish and food oozing all over the oven. Thank you in advance for your advice! I absolutely adore your blog and kitchen!

  9. Tracy says

    I have been looking for some Fire King Tulip bowls for my aunt since she loves my grandmother’s set. I was wondering if you knew if there was any differences between tulip on white and tulip on ivory beside the bowl coloring? I’ve noticed that all the ones that say on white have lighter blue pots than the ones on ivory. Is that just me, or has anyone else noticed this?


  10. carri foss says

    Hi there, you have a great website I enjoyed it. Question: do you know if the blue cobalt pyrex bake ware / mixing bowls are safe? I can’t find any info on this issue anywhere> just wondering about lead levels ect. Thank you,

  11. Dottie says

    I found this blog post on Pinterest and I had to subscribe to your blog. I too love vintage Pyrex and such, although my collection is nowhere near yours. I enjoyed seeing all that you had to share in this post and I look forward to seeing more.

  12. Lisa Daddio says

    Ohhhh, my stars, your collection is gorgeous, and I’m currently lost in your website, but I keep coming back to stare at that bag holder. I think I need one. No, I need more than one. I don’t even know what a bag holder IS, and I want to buy some off your mother.

  13. Cathy says

    Girl, you and I were separated at birth. I enjoy your posts so much, and thanks to you I did some Pyrex research and discovered that my favorite bowl’s pattern is the Cinderella Scroll. Thank you!

  14. Mimi says

    I love your Pyrex collection. I grew up in the ’50’s and my mother had many of the bowls that you have. I look longingly at your beautiful array of dishes and regret that arthritis has taken it’s toll on my hands and I can no longer handle heavy dishes. I can no longer grip them well enough to safely handle them. Enjoy them while you can.

  15. Kathy K. says

    I love old Pyrex too. I have two sets, one of the three mixing bowls, and the other of the nesting rectangular bakers, and the smallest still have at least one lid. Unfortunately, the rest don’t. Like Mimi, I had to move the big bowls. I had them on a middle shelf over the bar, above my head and I was worried as I get older and lose strength, I’d drop them on my head, and I too have arthritis.

    Whenever a product comes bagged inside it’s box, I save all the bags. They make perfect “dust covers”. I put shelves out in my 2-car garage, as I only have 1 car, and put a lot of my kitchen equipment out there. The bags keep everything clean, and I can usually find the right size in my collection. The pyrex is now out there, on a low shelf, unfortunately where it’s rather out of sight, out of mind, or too much trouble to get. I have a very small kitchen, and I have no way to enlarge it, and this has really freed up some kitchen space.

    I was really interested in the canned rutabagas though. I never knew you could get canned ones. I use them a lot as I can’t have potatoes. You can dice them and cook them in boiling water with a tiny bit of sugar to combat any bitterness and some salt, and use them like a potato-in soups, salads, as hash browns, or baked, or even twice-baked, and mashed. You should really give them a try. Buy fresh ones, but make sure you get a rutabaga and not a turnip-they can be really hard to tell apart visually, and turnips do not taste like rutabagas and they have a different texture, too.

    I think your kitchen is REALLY nice, and I’m glad that you shared the pictures with us. Thanks!

  16. Debbie Long says

    I just found your site today and I love it, I have just two sets of the nesting bowls, one in the primary colors, and one where the red and yellow sizes are reversed. I would like to buy one of the bag holders that you said your Mom sells for $25. I’m sure I’d like any pattern she has, but my kitchen is decorated in the black and tan vintage star primitive pattern if she has anything similar to that. I didn’t know if I send a check now, because there should be shipping charges too … Hope to hear from you! Thanks.

  17. Bebo Forester says

    I just love you and all you stand for and it is even more special because your values are so rare in this day and time. I inherited my great grandmother’s dishes with cups and saucers that my mom drank her first cup of coffee from. I also have several fire king dishes I treasure. Just thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  18. Kelly Otting says

    I just read your blog and you have a lot of great information on it. I just started collecting pyrex and I have one piece that was given to me by my mother and it was in her mother’s kitchen for years. It is in mint condition with a white lid. it’s a 1 quart casserole dish Lucky in love. It has pink hearts and shamrocks on it. How rare is this piece? Thanks.

  19. Ann Wiliams says

    I have really enjoyed your site so completely now I’ll be checking by to see what is going on. I have PYREX & also Fire king in my kitchen I’m 80 plus years young I’m happy to know I’m finally coming into style. When I first started reading what you say I was thinking here is some one trying to sound southern but the more I read I realized you wasn’t putting on an act but are actually are from the south. I live in N.C. glad to know you are what you say you are. I will be coming back to see what is new. Sincerely a new fan of yours, Ann

  20. cindy says

    hi lovely collection by the way, one question how do you clean your dishes when they are used and vintage. Maybe Im just a germ phobe but I can’t bring myself to buy dishes that have been used.

    • says

      I guess it pays to know your germs :) You can take comfort in knowing that bacteria cannot live for more than seven hours on a hard surface. I was a nursing major at the start of my college career and learned that in my microbiology class. I just use hot water and dish soap and they are clean and pristine :)

      If you really just need help setting your mind at ease (I understand that!) you can always soak them in super hot water and use anti bacterial dish soap.

  21. Cori says

    Hi. I like the pyrex and just got some at a yard sale. But my questions is about the spray paint that you used for the flour and sugar jars. Spray paint is typical really toxic and not food safe at all. It is hard to believe there is a food safe one. Can you elaborate on the food safety of the spray paint that you recommended and possibly add a link. Thanks!

    • says

      The paint I used it on the outer surface of the lid only and doesn’t come into any contact with the food (or in this case flour, sugar, tea, meal). With that in mind, you can pick it up anywhere spray paint is sold. I am, of course, taking for granted that you live in a country that doesn’t allow lead in paint.

  22. Faye says

    I just came across your site and have to share my little story. Probably 25 or more years ago I bought the biggest of the mixing bowl solid colors set, red, for 25 cents at my church yard sale. I had a set, a wedding gift, the Amish in turquoise, but I WANTED that red bowl. After my parents were gone and I was cleaning out their house, I found my Mom’s set, with: small in blue, small medium in bright yellow, big medium in green, and big in soft yellow. Do you see what happened? Evidently she either broke her big red bowl, or the set didn’t include the big bowl so she bought one. So now I have what I consider “the whole set”. Red, green, yellow, and blue. Two have the older markings on the bottom, two have the newer markings, so the yellow bowl, along with my red one, are newer. Maybe she broke the yellow bowl, too! Anyway, I love it! Still have my Amish set, too.

  23. Jann says

    1st off, I love your page! Very helpful! You seem to know your Pyrex pretty well. I have seen conflicting info on line. I have seen Arcopal brand dishes listed as French Pyrex, and also listed as “just like” Pyrex because of being milk glass, I bought two pieces this weekend, they are not marked Pyrex, just Arcopal France. Do you have any additional information? Thanks!

  24. Diann Pollock says

    Hey, Christy this is Diann from the Amish Welcome Center in Ethridge, Tn. Just wanted to let you know there is going to be a Pyrex swap meet in Nashville on April the 9. They have a fb page. Look up Spring 2016 Nashville Pyrex swap. Thought you might enjoy such an event.


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