When I was helping to muck out a house after Hurricane Katrina, I was digging with a shovel in the back bedroom — opposite end of the house from the kitchen — when I heard a clink somewhere in the foot-deep muck. I started digging with my hands, and came out an entire collection of Corning Ware — lids and all. It had survived without a scratch. During the flood, it floated from the kitchen cabinets all the way to the back of the house, settled on the floor, and was totally buried in muck. And it survived.
I’ve also seen Corningware survive house fires. When my aunt’s house burned, two pieces of Corningware fell from the kitchen cabinet, through the floor, and into my aunt’s car in the garage below. They came out without a scratch — just needed washing to get the soot off.
If I could pick one cooking dish — and only one — the Blue Cornflower Corningware wins. This amazing item — not the new French White crap, mind you, but the old-style stuff that your grandmother has — works in the microwave, in the oven, and on the stove. It’s the only dish I know that can go in all three. And it’s practically indestructible. And it’s pretty — you’re proud to serve things to company in those dishes.
I have a ridiculous number of these wonderful dishes. I think I have about twelve in active service. And several others in storage as backup (in different sizes, don’t look at me like that!) . You see, they were discontinued a number of years ago, and could only be had at flea markets and estate sales. So, thinking I needed enough for a potential sixty years of housekeeping, I stocked up.
But we no longer have that problem! It’s back! And here’s the link. A little expensive, so you might prefer to shop at your local flea market (pieces often run $5-$15 there), but it’s BACK!