New CorningWare Bakeware Compared to Vintage CorningWare
I have used CorningWare cookware in my kitchen for decades. It is truly one of my favorite brands since it can be used to store and cook. I always store leftovers in our CorningWare dishes simple because it can literally go from the refrigerator to the microwave or oven, lid and all.
When I recently visited our daughter, we had to go to a department store to pick up another curtain panel. As we were walking through the store, I spied the new CorningWare bakeware and immediately fell in love with their looks. The new style is cuter than the vintage CorningWare that I own and use weekly. I just love the oval shape with the ribbed sides and the cute little handles.
I thoroughly inspected them in the store, turning them upside down, considering their weight and questioning the new lid style. I also noted they were made in China. I set the little baking dish back down and moved on to the curtains so we could get what we came for and get done.
Overnight, I kept thinking about the new CorningWare. You could almost say I was haunted by it. Needless to say, on our way out of town the next day, I asked my husband to stop at the store so I could get the new dish. When he saw it, after hearing about it several times the day before, he suggested I buy two. It didn't require much encouragement for me to pick up two instead of one.
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Vintage Style vs New Style CorningWare Comparison
My vintage CorningWare is heavier. I think that is mostly due to the changes in the lid instead of the actual casserole dish. The lid is a completely different design. It is much thinner and much lighter weight. Instead of being part of the glass, the lid handle is ceramic. It is pretty, but I fear it won't last decades the way the thick glass lids for my vintage CorningWare has endured. One more note about the lid before I move on, it cannot go from the freezer to the oven.
As I noted earlier, I love the ribbed design. That ribbing style has been around for a while, but the rounded handles are new. At least they are new to me. I had never seen them before. As you can see in the photo, all of my vintage CorningWare has smooth sides and squared handles.
Not only does the ribbing look pretty, but it actually helps me get a better grip on the dish. That does not mean I will be discarding my vintage CorningWare. It is simply an observation for comparison.
I worried the light lid would not "seal" leftovers in the refrigerator. I have used them multiple times now and find that was an unnecessary concern. They seem to seal just fine.
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Oval Casserole with Glass Cover, 1.5-QuartOne awesome surprise, the oval shape seems to take up less room on the refrigerator shelf. I have a side by side refrigerator which is nice for the freezer, but makes the shelves a lot smaller on the fridge side. I can easily fit two of the oval shaped dishes on the same shelf.
Additional CorningWare Features
- Cleans up easily
- Refrigerator, Microwave, Oven Safe, Dishwasher
- Dish is Freezer Safe
- Non-porous Stoneware won't absorb odors or stains
- Bake, Store & Serve in One Dish
As I said in the opening, I love the looks of the new CorningWare. Plus, it is great for storing and reheating leftovers. Overall, it will be great for us. However, I do not expect it to be as durable and long-lasting as my vintage sets. I fully expect the pretty lid handle to become an issue at some point.
For us, these dishes are exactly what we needed because we almost always have leftovers from dinner. The lighter weight allows me to effortlessly transfer them from the refrigerator to the microwave.
Since I purchased the 1.5 quart size, I limited myself on what dinners and sides I could cook in them. Most of my recipes call for a larger size. But, one of the things I want to be able to do is to half recipes when I am cooking for two instead of four or more.
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