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--Wilda English

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Can I Use This Bowl?

A couple years ago, I  bought a set of old bowls.  Actually it's a partial set.  I didn't realize at the time that one was missing, but I've since tried to avoid thinking about that. Here are the bowls.
Yes, that's a Peeps bunny aging on the counter behind the bowls.  Let's just focus on the bowls   : )   In particular, I am concerned about the largest bowl.  I am going to try my hand at making homemade bread & I need a large bowl with which to do that.  Naturally, I have no idea where these bowls "have been."  The inside of the big bowl has some light crazing but no chips. There are some dark discoloration spots though.  The spots are not rough or anything.
The paint smear looking thing you see there on your left & the obvious reflection on the right are just that ... reflections.

So ... is it safe to use this bowl after a good washing?

18 comments:

cucki said...

Hmmm I think you can use it after the washing..it will be fine
Big hugs x

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

I have used my great-great-grandmother's large yellow wear bowl over and over again for many years, including for bread, and we are all still here and never been ill. As long as there are no cracks you should be fine. Discolouration is not unusual in even new white bowls.

Jeannine520 said...

Shirlee,

I have used old pottery bowls for years that have crazing and haven't had a problem. Lots of times you can get rid of discoloration by using peroxide. I usually fill the bottom of the bowl just high enough to cover the discolored area and let it sit on the counter for a few hours. Some people use a bleach solution to do this but I've always had good luck with just using the peroxide. I've used it on utilitarian pottery and very old chintz without any problems so far.
Take care and enjoy your vintage bowls.

Jeannine

ps - you can probably find the missing bowl on ebay.

Kaisievic said...

Absolutley! Give it a good wash in hot water (or in the dishwasher) and "She'll be right, mate" as we say here in Oz.

Nancy said...

Shirlee, Let the bowl soak for about 30 minutes in a 1 part vinegar and 1 part water solution. Then wash it with warm soapy water. The vinegar will disinfect it. And then enjoy making your bread. We all want to see pictures of the loaf before you devour it so we can think about the smell of the fresh warm bread. YUMMY!

Maureen said...

I would say yes, the bowl is safe to use.I have an old blue Ransbottom sponge paint design bowl that I use for mixing and have never had a problem. It has similar age spots ;)

Pam in IL said...

Kind of hard to answer your question without actually handling the bowls and even then it might be difficult. Where did you purchase the bowls -- an antique shop, thrift store or garage sale?

Is there anything printed on the bottom of the bowls? If there is, maybe you can research it that way.

I do like the bowls. They look similar to some my grandma had.

Trace4J said...

I say yes.
I love old bowls.
Woolie hugs

Prims By The Water said...

This bowl is from the 50's and useable...I would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher though. Very collectible. Janice

IzzyR said...

NOT if it is mold !

Marilyn said...

I think it is safe to use after a good washing also.
Those bowls were very sturdy.
Marilyn

Mii Stitch said...

I would use it after washing it with hot water, bleach, disinfectant products (any strong cleaning products I would find in my cupboard!!) and letting it air a bit. It should be safe ☺

Peggy Lee said...

Looks like you've gotten your answer! Let the bread making begin...
BTW, love the bowls!

Carol said...

Such a pretty set of bowls--absolutely use them!! I sure wish I was nearby and could drop in for a slice of homemade bread, Shirlee--that is one of my biggest weaknesses!

marly said...

Oh my. Shirlee has great looking bowls!!! If you're concerned, line it with Saran for rising. That's what my SIL always did because she hated oil. And now I want bread.

Catherine said...

Ditto to what Peggy Lee has said!

butterfly said...

The bowl will be fine after a good wash, I want to see the bread Shirlee, hugs.

bettyj said...

I am using crock bowls from the late 1800's. It won't hurt you. They have been "cooked". I use everything I have and I am in excellent health. I don't know, but I don't think the dishwasher would hurt them. My mother always said you had to eat a peck of dirt before you died anyway.lol