As a Corning Ware Pyroceram and VISIONS cookware fan, I'm growing tired of internet rumors claiming these products are ticking time bombs waiting to kill and/or maim unwary cooks. I use structurally sound Corning Ware Pyroceram and VISIONS amber glass-ceramic cookware on the stove, under the broiler and in the oven without fear and without incident, and that makes me leery of tales about its perceived, and no doubt exaggerated, "tendency" to fail catastrophically when used as directed.
So I ask you, world:
Have YOU actually witnessed such explosive failure involving an intact piece of glass-ceramic cookware, specifically brands like Corning Ware Pyroceram, Arcoflam, Pyroflam and VISIONS?
No second-hand accounts, please, because they tend to acquire embellishment along the way or the facts are tainted, i.e.: accidentally using Pyrex amber bakeware (which was sold for a short time to compliment VISIONS and was clearly labeled "NO STOVETOP OR BROILER") on the stove. Similarly, don't confuse mid-20th century white Pyrex with Corning Ware Pyroceram. Lastly, stories about chipped, cracked or otherwise structurally compromised cookware don't count. Cracked cast iron has been known to explode but no one's circulating internet rumors as gospel truth about the "dangers" of cast iron.
Neither Pyrex, Anchor Hocking nor any other brand of glass bakeware are labeled for use on the stove, thus horror stories involving them can usually be traced to misuse. The most common is when someone tries to make pan gravy on top of the stove after removing a roast from a glass baking vessel or sets the hot bakeware on a cold surface, which is specifically admonished against in the use and care instructions. This isn't the place for those stories.
I don't work for World Kitchen and never worked for Corning but I have a feeling if you track down the truth, you'll find mistaken identity, misuse, abuse and negligence as the root causes, not a manufactured-in "tendency" to failure.
What say you, world?
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