Instead of poetically telling you about my weekend at The Packwood Flea Market with the outrageous Pyrex prices I thought I would bring you along as I try to restore some resemblance of turquoise and cleanliness to this bowl:
Here's how I came upon this sorry, sad bowl. I was at Goodwill scrounging the shelves and I first saw a 2.5 quart yellow bowl sitting beside a 4 quart green bowl. They both looked pretty bad. I already have a yellow 2.5 quart and the green one looked so nasty that I kept on walking checking the other shelves in my normal fashion. Before I leave a store I always double back and check the shelves one more time in case I missed something. When I went by the bowls a second time the thought hit me, "They don't make a 4 qt. bowl in that color of green. It must be turquoise!" I have never found solid turquoise in the wild in any form so I took it as a challenge to, say it with me, save that bowl!
First, I simply washed the bowl like I would any dish. That did not make much of a difference with this bad boy. I believe that not only was the bowl 50+ years old but so was the grease. Vintage grease! If this grease could speak, the stories it would tell. It also looked like it had survived a rather serious silverware encounter. I pictured it packed in a box of random kitchenware for years. How could anyone treat such a pretty bowl this way? It just wanted to love you! To serve you! Where are the Pyrex Protection Services when you need them?
Next, I soaked. That also did not help much. It was time for the Magic Eraser. I had already deduced that we weren't going to be getting a lot of shine back from this one. The abuse just took the shine right out of him. Since the finish was gone, the Magic Eraser only took bits more of the color off. So, I only got the very coated greasy parts and then moved on to the Bar Keeper's Friend for the utensil marks. Those came off fairly easily. I soaked the bowl again and, as a last resort, worked my fingernails to nubs scraping the grease off with them. There is some that will never be gone but I got a lot of it off. Of course, I talked with my bowl along the way, reminding him that he still has fabulous color and next Easter will be his time.
Here is the finished product coated with some oil so we can see how it was in it's glory:
Now, as long as my husband does not pick this bowl up, perform an Inspector Clouseau routine, and shatter it to pieces, I finally have a turquoise bowl that I can say I found in the wild.
P.S. If anyone has any advice on cleaning or grease removal, please comment! How do you tell if there ever was any shine left if it is under all that grease?