Saturday, November 16, 2013

Enjoy these vintage recipes for the Everhot Electric Roasterette

"Recipes and Instructions for the Everhot Electric Roasterette" is a staplebound booklet that was published — in the mid 1940s, I believe — by The Swartzbaugh Manufacturing Company of Toledo, Ohio.

According to Antique Electric Waffle Irons 1900-1960 by William F. George, the company "was founded in 1884 as the Peerless Cooker Company of Buffalo, New York. The firm's first product, invented by the company founder Charles E. Swartzbaugh, was a low pressure steam cooker for use on wood or coal burning stoves. In the late teens Swartzbaugh designed what he called a 'Fireless Cooker' which might be considered the forerunner of the modern crock-pot or slow cooker."1

Indeed, the Roasterette is described thusly in the booklet:
"Designed to cook and serve casserole meals right on the dining table, the Everhot Roasterette lends itself to a score of uses. Light weight and insulated it is ideal for taking food on picnics or to pot lucks. Busy mothers find its even heating just right for warming baby's formula."
Here are a couple of recipes from the 24-page booklet.

Spanish Frankfurters
  • 6 c. canned tomatoes
  • 1½ cans tomato paste
  • 2 green peppers, minced
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 dozen frankfurters
  • ½ clove garlic
Preheat on HIGH 2 minutes. Strain tomatoes to remove seeds. Combine with tomato paste, green peppers, onions, seasoning and garlic. Cook 20 minutes on HIGH. Reduce to LOW and cook 35 minutes. Remove garlic. Add frankfurters and cook 20 minutes on LOW.

Baby Porcupines
  • 1 lb. round steak, ground
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 4 T. chopped onion
  • 2 T. chopped green pepper
  • 1 t. salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ¾ c. dry rice
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 c. boiling water
Mix first seven ingredients. Shape into small balls and roll in dry rice. Heat soup and boiling water in casserole on HIGH heat. Place the meat balls in the soup mixture and cook 15 minutes on HIGH, 30 minutes on LOW.

Other recipes include Tuna-Corn Pie, Sausage Surprise, "Johnny Mazette," Cherry Bran Pudding, and Chocolate Bread Pudding.

1. The Hur Herald from Sunnycal had a 2003 article about another Swartzbaugh product, The Conservo.


  1. Thanks, Chris. CE Swartzbaugh is my great-grandfather. I have enjoyed collecting some of the items made by the Toledo Cooker Company and successor Swartzbaugh Manufacturing Company's Everhot brand kitchen appliance and products. The Everhot brand was sold in ~1948-50 to McGraw Electric (>McGraw-Edison).

  2. I am searching for history of the Swartzbaugh family that used to live at and/or owned the Elms Apartment in Toledo, Ohio in the 1940’s. The woman’s name was Mrs. Swartzbaugh – not sure of her first name. What I do know is that my father and grandfather used to paint professionally for the owners of this building in the 1940’s – maybe through the 1950’s?. I was also told that they owned a manufacturing company in Toledo. In my searching – I have come across the Swartzbaugh Manufacturing Company and am wondering if this is the same person and/or family.

    The story goes … in the 1940’s my father was painting at Mrs. Swartzbaugh’s home (or maybe at her apt. building?). She told him she was tired of a particular chair that she had and offered it to my father. She told him she had two of them – but I am not sure if they would be exactly the same – especially since it appears to be hand-carved. I believe he was told it was black oak from the Black Woods in Germany – but I am not positive about this. I am now the owner of this chair and was hoping that I might find some history on the chair and/or the family. The chair is rather unique – it is a beautiful dark oak carved-back chair with the heads and upper chest of two men – one with curly hair. Both have hats on, one has a bandana around his neck – the other has an upturned collar. The seat is flat – more narrow at the back and wider in the front. It has straight cut legs with a cross bar in the middle and from the front to the back on both sides. There is no markings on the chair that we could find. I don’t know why – but as a child – I always thought they were gangsters and used to put marbles in their eyes. Actually kind of creepy looking when I did that! Now I think they could be more … folksy?

    Any information you may have on The Elms (I think it was an apartment building), the Swartzbaugh family, their manufacturing company and of course – this unique chair would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    Judy K.

  3. Interesting info.
    My grandmother, Nettie Underwood, married Charles E Swartzbaugh Jr. It was the second marriage for both of them… they both were widows/widowers.
    Charles died suddenly after a few months of their marriage.