Microwave Cookware Recommendatons?
Q: I was looking for LittonWare which apparently is no longer available. I can't stand using "microwaveable" plastic containers where the cover warps after the first use, and the container starts to melt when heating foods with high oil content. My needs ar mostly for reheating leftovers and canned food. I've noticed quite a few vendors on the web that sell inexpensive "LaCuisine" sets. There's also "Amberware" at http://www.amberware.com/ which looks interesting. Does anyone have experience with these? Any other recommendations?
A: For my money, the best microwave cookware is made by Corning. Either use "CorningWare" (the white glass/ceramic stuff), or Pyrex glass. They are relatively inexpensive, (you can get various assortments, different sizes, with lids,for about $10-20 at Walmart, Linens n Things, Bed Bath and Beyond, the Corning/Revere outlets...most anywhere) quite durable, they don't melt from the heat, and they are impermeable to odors and stains. You can easily get them really clean, unlike most plastics, which warp, discolor, and trap odors. They hand wash beautifully, and go into the dishwasher without any complications. And they are versatile. Both Pyrex and CorningWare can be used in the oven, refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Most CorningWare (and some Pyrex, particularly anything called "Visions") can also go on the stove top. Always check the bottom of the item before using on the stovetop, though. Most newer pieces will say right on the bottom whether they are safe for the stovetop or not. And they are really the BEST microwave cookware around, IMHO. Agreed, and my favorite Pyrex pieces for nuking are their glass measuring cups... simply cover with a saucer and the spout automatically becomes a vent, they have very convenient/safe/stay-cool handles, and their geometry - height equal to width and slightly tapered - makes them perfect for optimal heat dispersion with microwave ovens. Plus they're inexpensive and of course they are marked with easy to read graduations, very handy. Oh yes, they make great mixing bowls and they nest.
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