Something’s cooking

I love eating. And I actually like cooking as well. Which is somewhat surprising give the state of our kitchen. Our kitchen is so small that it wouldn’t be out-of-place on a sailboat. Despite its small size, my kitchen is brimming with American products. If you haven’t gone shopping for kitchen wares of late, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that you can do virtually all of your kitchen prep, cooking, baking and clean up using nothing but American made products. So put on your apron and let’s get cooking.

You can’t really cook without knives, and there are a number of great firms making knives here in our country. I previously introduced you to Lamson & Goodnow, and you can’t go wrong with their products. Anyone who has been in business since 1837 knows a thing or two about making great knives! Other great American knife manufacturers include Dexter, Cutco, Saba Knife, and Rada. And to protect our countertops while we are using our knives, I suggest you use a cutting board produced by Preserve. Preserve’s products are made from recycled plastic from yogurt cups. Another great alternative would be Kentucky Cutting Boards great “old school” wooden cutting boards made in Louisville.

However, man does not cook with knives alone; you need pans as well. A great place to find a wide range of such cookware is at Manpan is a firm making very reasonably priced pans in Spokane in my home State of Washington. Manpan makes sauce pans, saute pans, frypans and stirfry woks of various sizes. Other American made cooking pans are made by All-Clad and Nordicware.

Kitchen wares, ie assorted tools for the kitchen, are still made by U.S. Manufacturers. My favorite firm producing these kinds of products is Jacob Bromwell. Jacob Bromwell has been producing products for the kitchen since 1819. The firm offers a lifetime warranty on all its products. The Jacob Bromwell website is first-rate and offers a great list of ten reasons to buy products made in this country by members of your extended American family. Jacob Bromwell produces a wide range of products: flour sifters, graters, collenders and funnels. The firm also produces a bunch of very retro products like popcorn bowls, potato bakers and chestnut roasters. Very cool.

To paraphrase Rowen Atkinson of “Black Adder” fame, there are amoeba on Saturn that can bake a cake better than me, but that is my fault, not the fault of my bakeware. Many firms manufacture great bakeware in America. USA PAN makes cookie sheets, cupcake pans, muffin pans, cake pans, and cake pans. USA PAN makes a product for every baking project you could imagine. Another outstanding bakeware maker is Nordicware, who employ over three hundred members of your extended American family at their Minnesota plant.

I don’t know about you, but one of the most iconic brands of kitchen bakeware I know is Pyrex. Pyrex is tempered glass cookware and is made in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. And I bet you did not know that the glass that Pyrex uses to make products that we use to make casseroles, meatloafs and potatoes a gratin was originally developed as a lantern glass for railroad signals!

After you have used products made by members of your extended American family to get your dinner ready, you can enjoy it on products that are also made in this Country. First, we have to get our food on a plate, and what better plate is there than Fiesta. Fiesta is made by the Homer Laughlin China Company located in Newell, West Virginia; Fiesta is celebrating its Diamond anniversary this year. If the Fiesta is in the dishwasher, you could serve up your dinner to your immediate American family on Hartstone Pottery Company plates made in Zanesville, Ohio. You can use Hartstone collegiate plates at your college tailgating parties, though sadly not if you are tailgating in the North Lot of Husky Stadium since it appears that Hartstone has not yet come to their senses and made University of Washington themed plates. Well, no one is perfect.

Man does not live by food alone, so we need something to drink with our dinner. Pour your wine, cider, milk or pop into glasses manufactured in this country by Anchor Hocking, Heath Ceramics, or Fire & Light. Anchor Hocking has been making glasses in Lancaster Ohio since 1905, Heath Ceramics makes handblown glasses in West Virginia and Fire & Light glasses are made from recycled glass in Arcata California and just have to be seen to be believed.

We have our food, we have our drink, so let’s eat!


About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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4 Responses to Something’s cooking

  1. Kathleen says:

    I work for CUTCO Cutlery in Olean, N.Y., USA. It’s great to see this American-made movement. Thanks for carrying the torch John.

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  3. Bobbi says:

    I have a couple questions. In my research on American-made cookware I’ve come across the suggestion that although All-Clad may be made in the U.S. the steel they use is imported from China. Would you know if this is true? And does it matter in any way?

    • tapirking says:

      Bobbi: I don’t know what percentage of steel, if any, in an All-Clad pan is made in China. But more importantly to me, I don’t consider that question of paramount importance. I did a post (What does American made mean to you) on what “Made in the USA” means from a legal standpoint, but after touring manufacturing facilities and talking to the people who actually make the products, it is very difficult to source absolutely every component in a product from the U.S. So for me, as long as most of the components are made in the U.S. and the actual product is manufactured by members of our extended American family, I am happy. Hope that helps.

      All the best,


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