There’s definitely something special about Corning Ware – maybe it’s the fact that most of our grannies had a piece or two of Corning Ware in their kitchens! But it probably has more to do with the level of quality associated with their cookware. The pyroceramic heat resistant glass was first introduced in 1958. It was an offshoot of a material that was developed for a U.S. ballistic missile programme that was capable of withstanding thermal shock – a change in temperature of up to 450 degrees celsius. The iconic Cornflower pattern was designed by Joseph Baum who worked for the famous Charles Brunelle ad agency (I’m sure they were featured in Mad Men?).
This skillet is in pretty good nick. The underside is a bit worn and the handle has a few scratches, but the inside of the pan is fairly clean. I like the fact that it’s designed to pour from both sides – good looking and practical too. Despite its age I think that it still has plenty of life left in it – Corning Ware is designed to last (the opposite of most cookware produced today!).
Dimensions: 26cm in diameter x 4.5cm deep
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