On the weekend, I BUNZ traded for these three, well loved Pyrex dishes. BUNZ, as you may recall, Is a bartering app and my second favourite way to shop during this pandemic (the handover was via porch pickup and contactless, in case you were wondering.)
I love the two Pyrex bowls I already have but I would not call myself a collector. But with a year and a half of mostly cooking at home (quarantine life has made us a realize a lot of hard truths about our previous lifestyle and one of the biggest revelations is how often we ate out), I was looking for more mixing bowls and the like.
And it’s not that we don’t have mixing bowls. Mr. Andrew brought a lot of metal wares with his dowry. I just like glass better.
Every new acquisition comes with the opportunity to fall into a research hole. These colourful Pyrex dishes were originally introduced in 1945. Called the primary set because of their red, yellow, blue plus green palette (green is not a primary colour, but hey, whatever), these wares were 5o become the “World’s most famous mixing bowl set.” The Primary Colors set was also the first of the Pyrex items produced on white opal ware with coloured overlay.
Another fun fact: opal ware created as part of a collaborative effort between Corning Glass Works and the United States government to manufacture a sturdy, lightweight and unbreakable dish for soldiers during World War II. The original design was revamped I’m the 1950s.
I already had the blue bowl. And I have a big white bowl as well. The yellow dish pictured above is a lidded hostess dish, meant to carry casseroles and such to parties. It’s cushion shape suggests that it was part of a collection called the refrigerator set, because squares where easier to fit into a fridge. Like I said, I’m not a collector So I will not go out of my way to complete the set. At the same time, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to swap for these babies.