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Jan 25, 2010 05:01 PM

glass/stoneware for stove top?

Hi there,

I am a beginner cook in search of heat-resistant glass or stoneware soup/stock pots. My mother told me to use these in making veggie soup so I can "better preserve the vitamins/minerals"... However! I'm having trouble finding glass/stoneware that's suitable for stove tops. I'd ask dear mother, except she lives in South Korea and I'm afraid her brands aren't available stateside. Anyone have any recommendations? I'd be forever grateful.

Thanks so much!

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  1. First, it is probably questionable that glass and stoneware can better preserve vitamins.

    However, in the case you want a stonware pot, why not go the the most traditional ones like:

    Oh and this has a pig face:

    9 Replies
    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I too am skeptical of the vitamin claim. You might want to research that ... my understanding is that vitamins leach into the cooking liquid, but that isn't a problem if you're making veggie soup, because you're eating the whole thing.

      I have used Corningware Visions, and my mother used Corningware stove top (I only use it in the oven). My only complaint with glass is it's easy to clean by hand, but the dishwasher doesn't seem to do such a great job.

      1. re: foiegras


        I heard something about the old Corningware is better because they can go on stovetop. I remember my mother used them on stovetop too. Now that Corningware is sold off to World Kitchen, it is no longer impressive. I don't mean World Kitchen made it worse. It can be a coincidence.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          We were just talking about this in the glass bowls thread. I posted a link to Snopes' article about Pyrex. (I think Corningware is the same formula, just opaque?) It looked like from that info that the glass formula hasn't changed since the acquisition, though what's sold in the US is different from what's sold in Europe. It appeared, though, that the US formula is superior (in a change from the usual, perhaps!).

          1. re: foiegras


            Can we still buy these Corningware? Or are you referring to vintage stuffs? Can you give me a link? My mom said she want to buy some Corningware (the one which can go from stovetop to oven to dinner table). I told her they have been discontinued, but I may be wrong.

              1. re: foiegras

                Yes, it was re-introduced a couple of years ago. The quality/formula may or may not be the same. But "the same" is a question in its own right. When I got my first microwave 30 years ago, I discovered that the Corningware (blue cornflower design) would heat up instead of the food. Then they changed it as microwaves became popular. Read the Wikipedia article on Corningware. If I wanted to buy it, or Visions, I'd look for older stuff on eBay, since both of them last virtually forever and there's no problem with degraded surfaces or finishes.

                1. re: foiegras

                  Thank Foiegras,

                  I notice those, but can I use them on stovetop? I thought when Corningware was reintroduce. The company no longer stands by the stovetop ability. Basically, it is still good from oven to table to refrigerator, but no longer stovetop.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    So is this a trick question?

                    Yes, the product use instructions for all Corningware lines on the website now say not to use on the stovetop.

                    Freezer use is supported.

                    1. re: foiegras


                      No, it wasn't a trick question. I was in a situation which does not allow me to read the link, but yes, I have read a year ago that the current Corningware no longer supports stovetop, but I didn't know if things have changed. Like I said from the several posts above that my mom wants to buy Corningware which can go from stovetop to oven to freezer... If you read my earlier posts I have repeatedly ask about the stovetop capability question, so it is not a trick question.

      2. Check on eBay for Corningware (opaque white pyroceram) and Corningware Visions (tinted transparent glass) pieces.