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Jun 26, 2011 02:21 PM

Toaster Ovens and CorningWare

I'm looking specifically at the Breville 650xl compact oven, but in general, will Corning products withstand the closeness to the heating elements in toaster ovens. The answer is not a deal breaker either way, but am curious, as it is a consideration.

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  1. Which Corningware? There are two different kinds - Pyroceram, which is the original pyroceramic material, and then what most Corningware is made of today - cheap stoneware (like the "French White" stuff). You can't use the stoneware stuff under a broiler or in a toaster oven.

      1. Thanks to both. I just checked to see if there was any designation of type/style and realized what I have is Anchor Hocking! I've had it for like 20, 30+ yrs. and was surprised to see that, as I've always thought it was Corning - I guess maybe like all things that "copy", must be Xerox. It's the white, semi-translucent with the blue design on the side.

        I was hoping it would work for casseroles and such, but I guess it is what it is..... Fortunately, I don't cook much in that style, which is why it's not a deal breaker.

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        1. re: CocoaNut

          Does it look like this? (I just got this from a web search.)

          It almost looks like they were copying the old cornflower design of Corningware Pyroceram:

          (My mom had a bunch of this stuff with that design that is probably also 20-30+ years old.


          The real thing is supposed to be broiler safe, but i'm not sure what the copy is made out of. I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, and find an alternative dish to use.

          1. re: phrekyos

            That's it. When it's used, it's generally for -dare.I.say- boxed au gratin potatoes and
            -maybe.I'll.redeem.myself- scratch cobblers.

        2. So can anyone suggest what casserole type dish/pan *can* be used in toaster ovens! Or are food types requiring that type dish just not a good application for a toaster oven!

          pyrekyos, you mentioned stoneware - could you offer a particular brand as generically speaking, I've known stoneware to crack in regular ovens also. I know in theory, after going through the kiln firing, this should not happen, but I believe kilns are heated air, rather than direct heating element.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            I've had good luck with Le Creuset stoneware - although I've heard stories of others' cracking -- and Apilco/Pillivuyt French porcelain. Cast iron also works.