Tart Baking Tray Mold

Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware used this mold to cast its tart baking trays. The mold is made of heavy metal and has 12 2.75-inch diameter fluted cavities. Nordic Ware used its metal-casting ability to produce a variety of metal goods such as this tray for making tarts. The second image shows the unfinished back of the mold.
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Object Name
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
grey (overall color)
overall: 1 in x 14 1/2 in x 10 in; 2.54 cm x 36.83 cm x 25.4 cm
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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