Cookware you secretly use as dishware?
While I was heating up the last of the leftover meatballs for lunch today, I was wondering if anyone else uses what was made for cookware as dishware, as I do sometimes. (But, of course, you’d never do this in front of others!)
And I’m not talking about just eating right out of the pan you’ve cooked in (oh, the crimes we sometimes commit when alone in the kitchen).
Some time ago a round 2-qt. clear Pyrex lidded glass casserole came into my possession. While it’s great for a number of uses, it’s also become my go-to pasta bowl. Yup, vermicelli and meatballs, ravioli, portions of baked ziti or lasagna warmed up from another pan, whatever, if I’m eating pasta alone it goes into the Pyrex. Rather inelegant, but it works! It’s also my go-to bowl for assembling a composed salad, such as a cobb or shrimp louie.
At the same time, I’ve got this ‘I wouldn’t want anyone to see me eating from it’ thing going on.
So do you have a piece of cookware you regularly use as dishware, too? Go ahead, let it all out, confess just like you were on Oprah. Inquiring minds want to know! :)
I actually don't own any glasses or cups so if the water bottle I use all the time is somewhere else then I just drink out of a small stainless steel mixing bowl. I also carry stuff in my teeth - spoons, forks, occasionally tongs - by their ends when I move around the kitchen. I also turn my head sideways when I get confused.
The family dog influenced me a lot, is what i'm trying to say.
I have one of those clear casseroles too!!
Perfect for pasta. Popcorn. Salad. Stuff.
Not quite the same:
Red and black melamine rice bowls: milk, water, soup. Anything and everything gets eaten out of the bowls, and the lids are for any sauce, and small serving of anything.
I have an old-style all-clad stainless "cassoulet" pan, about 10 inches wide and 3 inches high, with loop handles, curved sides and a flat lid. I use it for stir-fries, as a small braising pan, etc. I also use it as a salad bowl and a pasta serving bowl, among other things. It's my go-to pan for almost everything.
I don't use it as dishware. When I do it, it's just eating out of the pan. It's not bad manners, as long as you're standing over the sink. It would be rude if you were eating with someone else and expected them to stand over the sink, too.
We own some Anchor ~5 inch glass bowls with lids.
I thing they are intended for storage, but I often eat out of them as well.
Why dirty a second plate? Think of the water and soap I save!
I will use individual gratins and ramekins as tablewares, but that's about it.
Now, *serving* from cookware, that's another matter. I tend to do that a lot.
I have a small Mauviel M'basic conical sauteuse that's just right for heating up a can of soup or pork 'n' beans for a midnight snack. The saucepan and a wooden spoon are all I need.
It reminds me of the hilarious column by Russel Baker from many years ago. For those of you who haven't read it, here's a link:
PS. I should also confess that for many years I used Pyrex pie plates as dishes and laboratory beakers as drinking glasses, but I have since graduated to Corelle dishes and Duralex Picardie glasses.
hahaha Pyrex pie plates ,make a great dinner plate with the high walls and all - love to eat off of them - also my pyrex mixing bows are way better for big bowl of soup or large salad than any real bowls I have
I use tapas pans for mise em place and snacks. These look like small paella pans, 5-7" in diameter (black enamel).
They probably are intended more for serving than cooking, but they are sturdy enough for cooking. Since I hang them from the pot rack, they are the easiest thing to grab when I need a plate or shallow bowl while cooking.
I was really struggling to think of something I misuse in the kitchen, and was drawing a complete blank. So I asked my kid. He looked at me like I'd asked him who I was and said "Hello? Cookies?"
I. Am. So. Ashamed.
I believe this is intended use, but I have a set (that I assembled) of vintage Chateau Buffet little handled casseroles that I bake in & eat out of. Great for baking eggs, single serving of leftovers reheated, baking a single stuffed pepper, etc.
My perfect pasta bowls are Russel Wright Iroquois Casual 8" vegetable serving bowls. I have them in various colors--pink, blue, parsley green (which is a very dark hunter green). They're also very useful for salads ...
Oh my gosh Russel Wright Iroquois Casual!!!
When I was moved to Korea in 2000 as a following spouse, the 2 boxes of my Russel Wright Iroquois Casual blue [gifted to me by my mother as a wedding present] were shipped via the military directly to his unit address.
My soon-to-be EX held the box hostage over a paperwork issue... and I never got them back.
THIS CHRISTMAS -2013-- mom and my younger daughter found 20 pieces at a thrift store -- an escargot-looking casserole, fruit bowls, salad bowls, soup bowls, vegetable serving bowls, serving bowls, cups, and saucers.
Still want what I had-> plates, salt and pepper shakers, and weird rice bowl/ candle holder things.
But I'm so happy to have RW Iroquois blue pieces back!!
[and obviously by the pic from my cabinet, TeenHound collects soup bowls with recipes!]
EDIT: My pieces are actually Ben Seibel.
And I've started a lost-stuff thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/976698
re: Kris in Beijing
Oh ugh, pettiness ... :(
I've gotten my pieces from a local antique mall, as well as Replacements (some as gifts), where the prices are pretty reasonable for Iroquois these days. The different colors vary wildly in value, but blue isn't too bad ... and really lovely. I especially like the bowls with the slight foot, which I believe is the redesign.
We keep the pots and pans clean and polished for that purpose.
The mixing bowls are used commonly here for salad bowls, and window planters for herbes. The largest of the group can be used for Champagne, Sekt, beer, or other cold wines.
I cannot think of any cookware that I use as tableware (oven-to-table pieces like French-white Corningware don't count since they are intended for both). However, I did note when I bought a new Oxo salad spinner a few years ago, that the text on the box suggested that the outer bowl could also be used as a salad bowl. I've never done so but would if I were bringing a large salad to a block party or other casual potluck.