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cookware that goes from microwave to stove-top to oven?

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i was recently leafing through a cookbook ("dinners in a dish or a dash" by jean anderson) and in one section the writer mentions cookware made from "space-age materials."

apparently her casserole dish can be used in the microwave, on the stove-top, in the oven/broiler (and is presumably freezer and dishwasher-safe as well...)

does anyone know what this type of casserole brand is and where i can get it? thanks in advance!

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  1. I know this is not what you're referring to, but I've used my Corning Ware casseroles just like that for lots of years. It's fine right on the gas burner, microwave, oven, and freezer. Not "space age" though. Pat

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    1. re: Pat Hammond

      thank you, pat! i had no idea you could use corning ware on the gas burner without it cracking or something!

      i was trying to figure out what kind of ultra-versatile cookware i could buy at a reasonable price (since all i have right now are a small pressure cooker, a frying pan, a small saucepan and two pyrex dishes).

      which corning ware pieces do you use the most?

      1. re: marinne

        Well, I either sold all of it when I moved from the mid-west to upper New England, or it's in a box in the basement. But my favorite piece was a three quart casserole that had a pot handle you could attach (by a very clever clamp affair) when used as a pot on the stove top. And the handle fit on all the smaller pieces too. Before you rush out and buy some pieces though, I'd advise you to ask about stove top use. My Corning Ware is of the older issue. Don't know if it's changed or not. Sometimes "up-to-date" does not always mean better. I should check to see if I still have it, or if it's no more. Pat

        1. re: Pat Hammond
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          jenniferfishwilson

          Ebay is a wonderful source for "non space age" not-new-and-improved cookware. I just bought a great set of 50s Pyrex Flamingo Pink nesting mixing bowls. Can't think of any I could buy in any store that I would enjoy as much.

          1. re: jenniferfishwilson

            I still have two of my mother's pink Pyrex bowls. They get much more of a workout than the stainless steel ones I have from the 70s.

            1. re: C. Fox
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              jenniferfishwilson

              I agree! I "borrow" something from my mom's kitchen every time I visit. My mother thinks it's funny that I want her 'old things'. If you want the rest of your set try Ebay. I had 3 of the 4 bowls and found the 4th on Ebay. (They're usually identified by #s on the bottom of the bowl).

              1. re: C. Fox

                Just dug out my old tomato red large square-ish Pyrex bowl. I'd never looked at the bottom, but sure enough, the # is A11 and it's called "oven ware". I found a green one that has the # 403 and it's 2 1/2 qt. size. AND a strange brown ovenproof bowl, called Narcrest or Marcrest (hard to read) Stoneware. This one is interesting looking. Thanks to all. I don't know why I've hung onto these bowls all these years, but I'm suddenly glad that I did.

                1. re: Pat Hammond
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                  jenniferfishwilson

                  Your green #403 bowl has 2 smaller (#401 and 402) and one larger (#404) companion somewhere out there in Old Pyrex Bowl Land waiting for a reunion.

      2. Corning's "Visions" line was developed to do all of that. The original Visions were uncoated, but the more recent versions are non-stick.

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        1. re: P

          Glad to hear Visions is improved. I have some of the first stuff and absolutely hate it. Everything sticks, everything burns.

        2. Another type of cookware that will do all this (except freezer, but I never have room in my freezer for a whole casserole) is a cazuela, the spanish terra cotta pots that are glazed on the inside only. They are inexpensive, you can get them in all sizes, including ones with lids, and if you are careful about how you place them in the dishwasher (to avoid chips) they will do all. Look for the ones that say safe for microwave (micro-onda). An added benefit is that they hold heat very well, so stews, etc. cooked in them stay hot.

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          1. re: annieb

            where would i find a cazuela? are they readily available in most cookware stores?