1919 West Bend Roaster Advertisement

Man holding roasting pan
Source: Good Housekeeping (November, 1919)

Thanksgiving is a day for family, memories, and traditions. Even the most mundane parts of the day have meaning. I roast my turkey in a granite-ware roasting pan that is similar to my grandmother’s – though I have memories of a beautiful stainless steel roasting pan that my mother used, and sometimes think I should use a stainless steel pan like hers. And, then I come across a hundred-year-old advertisement for an aluminum roasting pan that will “last forever,” and wonder if any are still around.

The big day will soon be winding down, and I’ll be using lots of elbow grease to wash my roasting pan. Maybe I’m too wedded to tradition. One friend swears that disposable roasting pans that only cost a few dollars are the way to go; another insists that plastic roasting bags make the best juicy, tender turkeys- and that cleanup is a breeze.

Whatever foods you are eating today; and, however they were prepared, have an awesome day!

Happy Thanksgiving

30 thoughts on “1919 West Bend Roaster Advertisement

  1. A pox on disposable aluminum pans of all sorts. It takes a real roaster to do a bird (in my opinion) just as it takes real pottery or glass for pie plates. Besides, I still take pleasure in using my mother’s roaster and my grandmother’s pie plates — no one passes cheap, disposable aluminum to the next generations! Happy Thanksgiving, and happy memories.

    1. I’m on the same page as you – though after cleaning up following yesterday’s Thanksgiving celebration, there’s a little piece of me that says disposable can be good. πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, I believe they still exist. When I head home for Thanksgiving, my family makes me cook the turkey in my mother’s aluminum roaster that looks exactly like that. The turkey is always perfect, has a lifter to remove the turkey and does not stick to the pan. We even make the gravy in the pan. The roaster is nearly 70 years old.

    1. Wow, it’s impressive that you still use this roaster. A rack can really help make it easier to remove the turkey, and reduce the sticking to the pan.

  3. I love my West Bend cast aluminum – I have 2 different sized kettles and a dutch oven. They are too big for the oven but I’d snatch a roaster up in a hot minute! One of the kettles was my great grandmother’s – she used it to make grape jam and the inside is forever stained!!

  4. I remember having a West Bend coffee pot. The cleanup after cooking a turkey is never easy. Luckily, I did not have to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year. I hope your cleanup was not too bad.

  5. A little late on reading this post! To much action the last few days here,but wonderful! Our turkeys were done by hubby in a cooker outside, smoked to perfection! I don’t know anything about these pans ,like you I always used the granite pan as did grandma.

  6. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. While I don’t have a West Bend Roaster, I do have a vintage Club Aluminum roasted that I have had for some years.

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