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Dec 11, 2011 11:50 AM

Finding kitchen stuff made in the usa

I'm trying to incorporate more made in the USA products so the money I spend stays here in America. Of course, I'm looking to buy quality products and will pay the money if it's good quality. I have found American Kitchen cookware which is excellent, just love it! All my glass is Anchor or Pyrex BUT need info from you out there as to where I can find these things made in the USA:

soup ladle
slotted spoons
pie slicer
spaghetti spoon
measuring cups and spoons

I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks everyone!!!

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  1. The pie server is easy: Lamson & Goodnow

    This thread should be in cookware, BTW.

    1. Vintage stuff from eBay is one route. And all of Epicurean utensils are made in the USA.

      1. Nordic Ware is made in the United States.

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        1. re: GH1618

          Not all Nordicware, read the label.

          1. re: Candy

            What Nordic Ware do you have that is not made in St. Louis Park, Minnesota?

              1. re: cutipie721

                Did you read your own link? I did.

                "Made in the USA by Nordic Ware, a family-owned company famous for its fine bakeware since 1946."

                1. re: John E.

                  Trust me, I saw it at the store and put it back.

                  OK, how about this link.

                  To be fair, my NordicWare microwave splatter lid is made in the USA. When I see something made by NordicWare, it makes me feel more warm and fuzzy, but it wouldn't stop me from verifying its birth country, just like I wouldn't go buy everything made by All-Clad.

                  1. re: cutipie721

                    I am surprised. I guess you are correct that the non-bakeware/cookware, ie. plastic stuff is not made in Minnesota. I'm a little surprised they do that since they are so proud of the made in the USA/Minnesota thing. They source most of their materials close by as well and pay good wages/benefits.

                  2. re: John E.

                    If you click on the "more info" link, it says Made in China.

                    Edit: Oops, sorry Chemicalkinetics. Didn't see your comment first.

                    Lee (hates that there is no delete function)

                    1. re: Dave5440

                      I believe the only part of your list that I have not done is the Canadian history part. I could tell the story of our family's drive up the Alcan Highway before it was paved but that probably should be saved for another time.

                      1. re: John E.

                        See it's gone and I didn't have to do the list
                        maybe 1

                        1. re: Dave5440

                          How long before my reply and these subsequent posts are gone?
                          Dang, I did not copy your post and now I only remember the Canadian history thing.

                          1. re: John E.

                            Ya I forgot to cut and paste it too, so I could keep putting it back up

                    2. re: cutipie721

                      That product description is just weird. On one hand, it is stated that "Made in the USA by Nordic Ware, a family-owned company famous for its fine bakeware since 1946." under Summary. However, it is "Made in China" under More Info

              2. Btw, if you ever want to splurge on a good knife, American (and Canadian) knife makers are some of the best in the world right now. There is a pretty good American cutlery revolution happening. You will pay more, but there so many well made US knives these days.

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                    1. re: sueatmo

                      (Marko Tsourkan, new to knife making, but has been making accessories for some time


                      (Pierre Rodrigue, a Canadian who does amazing work


                      (Devin Thomas, known for his damascus steel but makes amazing custom and partial custom knives


                      (Dave Martell, one of the best sharpeners in the country has started making his own knives.


                      (Delbert Ealy is relatively new to kitchen cutlery, but his knives are really good already and improving.


                      (Stephan Fowler, also new to kitchen cutlery, up and coming, and making amazing quality knives


                      (Adam Marr, moderator at KnifeForums also does custom knives


                      (Bill Burke is probably one of the best in the country but it is a two year wait for one of his knives).

                      (Butch Harner's stuff is amazing


                      (Michael Rader produces astounding work


                      There are other more established ones too (Kramer and Carter). There is also Haslinger out of Canada and Joel Bukiewicz from Cut Brooklyn.

                      A lot of these knives (such as Burke, Harner, Rader, and Devin Thomas will cost quite a bit, but some of the newer makers (Tsourkan, Marr, Fowler, Ealy and Martell) will be less expensive.

                      A lot of makers are now making semi-custom knives that cost less (Burke, Devin Thomas, and Rodrigue for instance). There is also Mark Richmond of Chef Knives to Go (CKTG) that farms out all the work to Lamson Goodnow. He specs it out and they do the work. A lot of the makers noted also sell some knives on CKTG.

                      The low end of cost is from $300-400, so it is an investment even at the lowest cost level, but any of these makers will produce amazing work, have better craftsmanship, and you may have some control over the knife (type of steel, handle material, etc.) The top end will go for 2K+.

                  1. Measuring cups and spoons: All Clad (I think). One of the Chounhounders would probably know for sure.

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                    1. re: dcrb

                      I think All-Clad accessories are made overseas. Lids were made in China but production was shifted to US. I haven't heard that about other accessories.

                      1. re: GH1618

                        The All-Clad measuring cups are China.

                        Most Cutco stuff is made in the states:
                        Think you have to call them direct or go through a "sales agent" to buy anything. Seems a bit of a headache but the stuff is nicely made.

                        1. re: Pedr0

                          Cutco, who would want that junk?

                          1. re: Candy

                            Not all of it is junk - I've been in their factory (as a vendor) - and they make knives the same way the German manufacturers do.

                              1. re: Dave5440

                                when I was last in their factory, they were using the same steel and production methods as most highly-regarded German knife manufacturers.

                                I don't own any, but their knives are not junk.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Ok they are not junk. They use low end, low carbon S.S ,420A I think, the germans don't use steel this bad. The average cutco is priced 4X higher than a comparable knife with better steel from almost every manufacturer. The edge doesn't last through one heavy cutting session( Our house has 6 cutcos in it, i've used them all, i've sharpened them all, and they DO NOT hold an edge, period) and when I sharpen them a 5K stone, there is so much metal that comes off the stone has to be cleaned every 3 passes, even the furi garbage isn't that bad.

                                  So I don't know what your measure of value is , but a cutco isn't a good definition of it.

                                  And BTW , how can you make any comment regarding the quality, durability or use of a cutcrap if you don't have one?

                                  1. re: Dave5440

                                    I don't own one because I had the opportunity to buy German knives from the manufacturers at an excellent price.

                                    If you want to have a rational conversation, I'm in.

                                    Obviously you have had some experience with them that goes far beyond their products -- and there's way too much baggage involved for 'rational' to be a part of the conversation.

                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                      No conversation would be "rational" if it involved how great cutco's are, mind you I'd give in that they where decent enough knives if the 8" chefs knife was 40 to 50$.

                                      1. re: Dave5440

                                        Ah, so you have problem with the price. :)

                                        Yeah, Cutco does use a decent steel (440A). Not the greatest by today standard, but certainly is a good steel.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          Apperently you haven't used one or sharpened one either chem, maybe it's their HT on them but they are so soft you wouldn't believe it, the furi's at rc52~54 are harder

                                          1. re: Dave5440

                                            I know the Furi is soft. I certainly didn't know the Cutco knives are the same and possibly softer. No, I have not used or sharpened a Cutco knife. :) I will just have to wait for my luck (not going to buy one).

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                              I'll send you one to try out if you like

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                I have my mother's set of Cutco from the mid '50s. The tip is broken off the chef's knife and the serrated paring knife. I know I could send them in and get free replacements, but I suppose I'd rather have them the way they have been since she quit using them in the mid '70s when she switched to Chicago Cutlery Walnut Traditions. My father is still using those.

                                                1. re: John E.


                                                  I remember someone here like his Chicago Walnut Tradition, was it you? The person said the knives are inexpensive, bought it from Walnut but perform much better than expected at the price range.

                                                  Yes, I do hear Cutco has good return policy and free knife sharpening service.

                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                    We don't use the Cutco, so even the cost of sending them in does not interest me. It could have been me praising the CC walnut traditions although I think there are others that have done the same. The old CC knives are decent for the price. I would not buy any of the new CC stuff however. The only CC knife that I still occasionally use is the 10 inch chef's knife, mostly for cutting big watermelon, squash and pizza.

                                                    I have bought old CC knives to give to kids, and nephews for when they move out on their own after college. They are still a lot better knife than what is found in the average American kitchen. That's the only conclusion I can draw from all the crappy knives I see at the thrift stores.

                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                      "I would not buy any of the new CC stuff however."

                                                      Ok, then it was someone else. Someone bought a set from Walnut recently and really liked it. Thanks. I was trying to follow up with that person on the new Chicago Cutlery.

                                    2. re: sunshine842

                                      Cutco makes flatware, much to my surprise, and it mostly made in the U.S. They seem to disclose frankly where things are made.

                                      The knives are all made in the U.S.

                                      A family member used Cutco knives for a short period, and I heard they were always sharp.

                                      And since the OP was wondering where to buy cooking tools made in the U.S.A., I suggest a look at the Cutco site.

                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                        If you have low/no expectations and money to spare buy cutco knives .
                                        What is a short tme? Why did they stop using them?
                                        Sorry they are garbage, junk, crap overpriced pieces of shit.
                                        But the flatware might be ok

                                    3. re: Dave5440

                                      I'm suspect of most products that are sold exclusively through independent dealers especially when they make exaggerated claims of excellence, are way overpriced, and are sold by people who are less than experts. Think Saladmaster, Kirby vacuums, and Cutco. I can buy Cutcos in a grocery store in my town. If their items were sold freely and Amazon could rate them, their 'stars would not shine'.

                                      1. re: smkit

                                        Ah, Kirby vaccums. Using one was like pushing a Mac truck over your floor. And the belts break continually. Made in the USA, though.

                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                          I have my grandmother's Kirby vacuum and all the attachments. She was a sucker for gadgets it seems. There is even a knife sharpener/grinding wheel that hooks onto the front of the vacuum.

                                          1. re: John E.

                                            I just now found your reply. I had no idea you could get a knife sharpener with a Kirby! I used my MIL's Kirby for years, and before that, used a purchased rebuilt Kirby. Man those things are heavy. I do use today a USA built vacuum, but it is much nicer than the old Kirby vacs I used to use.

                                            1. re: sueatmo

                                              I never really used a Kirby (well, I remember pushing around the family Kirby when I was a kid) although at one time I owned 2 of them, both 60s vintage from my mother and grandmother. The newer Kirbys are power driven but are still quite heavy. We use an Oreck.

                                              1. re: John E.

                                                For what its worth, I use a Simplicity.