If you have tried to buy things that were made in America, you know…it isn’t easy. We just don’t seem to make much of anything here! Even when shopping the best of shops, made in America seems as rare as hen’s teeth.
It’s even more surprising when you are bargain shopping at a store known for close outs, such as Big Lots, to find something made in the USA, but that is exactly what I discovered today when shopping for some budget pleasing accessories to my cooking paraphernalia, and not just once…but over and over.
Anchor Hocking products are still made in America, and we’ve all seen them in our kitchens as well as those of our mothers and grandmothers. It isn’t fancy, but it is highly serviceable in nature, and the bowl I bought was not only bargain priced, but made in America and extremely practical, with a traditional glass bowl and a plastic lid made to fit it. It goes from the microwave to the oven, refrigerator, or dishwasher without worries. I chose the 7 cup bowl for general purposes in my kitchen (with the lid.)
I had been looking for some baking pans for my smaller convection oven, as well as to fit in an RV stove’s oven. Traditional sizes such as the perennially popular 9×13″ cake pan just won’t work, nor will the 12 cup muffin tins that seemed to have gained such favor in the past decade. I wanted a 6 cup muffin tin and a pan about 8×10″, possibly a micro-sized baking sheet as well. There at Big Lots were two different baking sets, one featuring a 6 cup “Texas Muffin Pan” and a 13.9×11.9″ cookie sheet, and another featuring a 9×13 cake pan, along with two smaller pans, a “biscuit/brownie” pan, and a rectangular “personal size” baking pan. Granted, in each set there was a pan that was a size I was not interested in, but at $8 per set…those larger pans would become part of a “housewarming” gift set, as they are very practical for most people. They are “Baker Eze” pans, made by G&S Metal Products from Cleveland, Ohio. Relatively sturdy, with a non-stick finish, they appear to be of much better quality than the type we usually find on dollar store shelves.
I also found a plastic container (they had many different sizes and shapes) made by Farberware, also in the USA. These containers had the “clamp” style lids with the rubber gasket to keep out moisture and the insects that plague us here on the Gulf Coast, attempting to invade our pantries and cupboards at every opportunity. I’m also pleased to note that they are made without any BPA, as well as with an additive called “EcoPure” that makes them biodegradable, as well as safe to recycle. I’ll feel a little less guilty about my plastic bug-resistant container now! I chose a rectangular container that holds 8.9 cups and looks just the right size to store mixes such as gravy and seasoning mixes, as well as being an excellent size and shape for leftovers in our refrigerator.
All of them were budget friendly, quality products without any frills and made in the USA. What more could a person want for a Saturday afternoon shopping trip?