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Corningware Relaunches a Classic

November 11th, 2009

Corningware Blue CornflowerI was poking around Washington’s Auburn Supermall recently and stopped by the Corningware Corelle Revere store. I immediately noticed a large display of one of Corningware’s classic casseroles—Blue Cornflower.

I hadn’t seen these basic blue and white casseroles in retail stores for years and asked the salesman about them. He told me they were recently reintroduced by Corningware. How exciting.

The blue cornflower emblem and cookware were originally introduced in 1957, and the line was expanded in the 1970s and 1980s. The line had been discontinued for at least the last ten years. The company  now offers a four piece set which features a 2-liter casserole, 4-liter casserole and two covers. They also offer the 1.5-liter and 5-liter casseroles in open stock.

When I was growing up, we always had these casseroles around. My mom must have felt they were the perfect vessel for leftovers. We’d stuff them with miscellaneous bits and bobs, cover them with Saran wrap, and shove them in the fridge. They’d miraculously reappear a few nights later. Around Thanksgiving, the collection worked over time for sure.

My mom’s casseroles have long since disappeared, but I’ve cobbled together my own secondhand collection by shopping at thrift stores and estate sales.   Made from highly durable Pyroceram and now imported from France, the casseroles are incredibly convenient and sturdy.  Pyroceram is the same material used for rocket noses, so the durability pitch isn’t a just bunch of marketing hype–I keep a selection of these casseroles in our 23-foot travel trailer and I can assure you that we’ve yet to crack  a single one while navigating the rocky highways and byways of Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Washington, and  Oregon.

Originally made in the United States, they can be used in the oven, under the broiler, in the microwave, and even on the stovetop! The stovetop aspect is particularly curious to me because I wasn’t aware that they could be used right on the burner until the salesman told me that a few weeks ago! My mom’s collection didn’t contain any saucepans so she never set hers directly on the burner.  Hers always went straight into the oven.

Curious to know a little more, I called Corningware’s Consumer hotline and started to talking to one of the reps. She was very enthusiastic and mentioned that the relaunch of one of this classic pattern has been extraordinarily popular!  I can see why.

In this era of stretched food budgets and the desire to minimize waste, these casseroles have a very important place in today’s contemporary kitchens! For more info or to order directly from Corningware, check out ShopWorldKitchens.com.

Oops…I just noticed that ShopWorldKitchens is posting these as Out of Stock. You can sign up for email notification when they become available again…Popular for sure.

2 Responses to “Corningware Relaunches a Classic”

  1. Beth (Metzner) Miller

    I used one of mine just the other day, I have 2 small ones left from wedding presents from 1971. My daughter has some pieces that had been my Mom’s. Have to check into these more, don’t have a retail store close by, the last major addition to my Corelle was from a trip to the outlet store in Kittery Maine. Wrong turn in Portsmouth found us adventuring in Maine for a couple of hours! Can never go wrong with classics.

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