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1.0 out of 5 stars It's not pyroceramic Corningware, will chip & break, August 8, 2009
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This review is from: CorningWare French White 1-1/2-Quart Round Dish (Kitchen)
The original "French White" Corningware was made of Corning's famous pyroceramic glass, which could be used on the gas stove, put directly in the freezer, put under the broiler right from the freezer, and oh yes, also used in a microwave. And it was very unlikely to shatter if dropped. If you pounded on it with a hammer and nail you might have gotten it to break.

When World Kitchens bought the license from Corningback in the 90's, they decided to halt production of a line of cookware that would take anything and last forever, and dupe customers, especially brides, into thinking the stoneware "French White" was the same thing as the wonderful French White pyroceramic cookware previously available to their mothers and sisters.

The pattern is very attractive and can be used with any decor, and they do offer many sizes, but this stuff is not, repeat, really not, what people mean when they say "Corningware."

Le Creuset can do most of the above mentioned, but it being metal you cannot use it in the microwave. Stoneware cannot go on top of the stove, and repeated trips from the freezer to the oven will eventually cause it to craze and crack. And stoneware will also chip, and break if dropped, etc. Pyrex glassware cannot go on the gas stove although you can take it from the freezer to the oven, and also microwave it.

The only product which could do anything was pyroceramic, and World Kitchens has chosen to remove it from the market because it is "too good."

They have recently brought back a few of the old square shapes, with the Cornflower, or plain white, calling it "vintage," but the French White shape is not making a reappearance yet. If you want it, email them and ask for it!

Meanwhile, don't buy this stuff. Get Le Creuset for cooking and roasting (yes it is expensive but it lasts forever and cooks beautifully), and reheat things in Pyrex in the microwave.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2010 2:06:23 PM PST
That explains why the set I ordered arrived completely in pieces!

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 6:27:56 AM PST
Torrencio says:
My French White is amazing and looks as good today as it did decades ago. I realized I needed more to accommodate a growing family, especially at Christmas.

Thanks to your consumer advocacy I won't be taken in by this bait and switch tactic. When a company substantively changes the very nature of a product it should be renamed.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2010 7:04:06 AM PST
Elly says:
Thank you!

World Kitchens purchased the right to use the name Corningware from Corning, which was going out of the consumer cookware business and concentrating on scientific glassware (their original product). Corning still make pyroceramic items for scientific use in labs, for which it is excellent for the same reasons as it is excellent for home cooking. It can go back & forth from extremes of cold to heat and vice versa with no trouble, unlike stoneware, and you can use it over an open flame.

When they had the rights to both the name and to be the exclusive manufacturer of the product called Corningware, World Kitchens decided to use the name & pattern for stoneware and to stop making the pyroceramic. I've established this through email correspondence with them.

They must have had a lot of negative responses, though, because they have returned to making some pyroceramic. I've just visited their website and, besides the square "vintage" shape in plain white and Cornflower, they are now offering "Stove Top Pyroceramic" 3.5 & 4.5 L casseroles in a shape they call "White Swirl," which is not unlike the French White pattern. These are round and not oval, and they have little handles protruding from the sides. I do not see any lids for them on their site. They match a line of Corelle dishes called Vive Enhancements.

If you want the pyroceramic versatility without the square shape, this is all there is at the moment. But it does look nice and it will go with any colors used on your table. Email them and ask for round pyrex casserole tops!
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