Following its resurgence in the late ’90s, the opaque milky jadeite glass that was popular in the ’40s and ’50s for kitchenware and food storage is still an on-trend material for the home. Chef Vivian Howard of North Carolina’s Chef & the Farmer tipped us off to her obsession with jadeite everything late last year, and ever since it feels like we keep seeing it everywhere. It’s also relatively inexpensive to produce, which is why modern jadeite from companies like Ohio’s Mosser Glass, home store Terrain, and Sur la Table can sell the stuff at very reasonable prices.
If you’re not so keen on brighter colors in your home, jadeite is a more subdued way to add character to a countertop or cupboard. It’s known for its resistance to stains, which made it an ideal food storage container before Tupperware existed. Do note that you should avoid putting jadeite in the dishwasher or microwave, though, as temperatures can get too hot for the stuff. If you’re not so lucky to get your hands on an original Fire-King collectible, we found some new jadeite pieces on Amazon that would make a good alternative: from a pretty ballerina soap soap dish to a charming spoon rest to a milky mortar and pestle.
Mortar and Pestle
Salt and Pepper Shaker Set
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