Bacon-Meat Rack

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 manufactured this microwave-safe bacon-meat rack during the early 1980s. This rack was developed to address the problem of microwave-cooked meat being limp and unappetizing. To be used in conjunction with their Micro-Go-Round for food rotation, the rack would drain some of the fat from the meat, leaving it crispier and less greasy.
Object Name
bacon-meat rack
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 3/16 in x 11 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 3.01625 cm x 29.845 cm x 29.845 cm
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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