Corning Vision Cookware Question
Q: y mom has some Corning Vision glass cookware. She used to have a flat-top (I think she said ceramic, if that makes sense) stove burners and used the cookware on the stove. She got her kitchen redone and now has coil-type burners on the stove. What she and I are wondering is if it is safe to use the cookware on the coil-type burners on the stove. The pots don't say whether they're stovetop safe or not, and I tried googling to find Corning's cookware site, but they've apparently sold off their cookware division. Anyone know for sure? Thanks in advance.
A: Visions is clear but tinted glass pans for the stovetop, oven and microwave. They are adequate for microwave and oven use. Stove top, they are slow to heat up because they are not good conductors of heat. It takes way too much time to bring a pot of water to a boil in one of those things, for example. My aunt put a 3 quart Farberware pot of water on the stove at the same time as the same size Visions. I looked at the stove and I knew what would happen, but I didn't say anything. As I expected, the 40 year old Farberware pot came to a boil in less then 10 minutes. The visions took almost 20 minutes. I have 3 Visions pans, they were a gift...I never use them, except in the microwave, but I keep them in case the person who gave them to me ever comes over and I'll use them then. The only thing they are good for is things that need to be warmed very slowly. I have used it for melting chocolate--it does work well for that. Or making a white sauce. They are fine for gas or electric stoves--meanign they won't break. But so is most Corningware. Walmart carries Visions. They are also available at Corning Revere outlets. They are now marketed by the same enormous cookware company that handles Farberware, OXO, and many others: http://www.worldkitchen.com/index3.asp they even have Visions skillets. It's pretty neat how the heat stays away from the handles of these things, even though they appear to consist of one piece construction. They'll continue to cook for a bit after heat is removed also. Not for newbies, however... Any type of Visions cookware will stick like hell if you aren't careful. I can attest to that. I guess the best thing about them is that they're relatively cheap and attractive, if you like "see-thru" cookware.