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  1. #1
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted glass
    tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making them.
    What's up with that?

    It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them

    I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    don't fix it.

    Jill


  2. #2
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?


    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    > you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    > to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    > glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making
    > them. What's up with that?
    >
    > It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    > anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    > show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >
    > I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    > market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    > don't fix it.


    Maybe they weren't so successful after all? I do have one but it's not the
    bowl. It's the square plate type thing. I bought it when I first bought my
    microwave. I didn't know anything about microwaves but people kept telling
    me you needed to use special dishes in them. So I bought special dishes,
    including that. Then I learned that you could just put your regular dishes
    in there provided they didn't have stuff like gold or silver paint or were
    made of Melamine.

    I may have used that Grab It once or twice. And now that I think about it I
    should just get rid of it.

    I have always had soup bowls. They have handles. So if I want something
    with a handle, I use those.



  3. #3
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 8/8/2011 3:55 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    > if you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    > holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or
    > fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped
    > making them. What's up with that?


    I have a couple of pots I use for the microwave. They aren't
    grab it bowls, but small pots with handles, made by Corningware.
    They have glass lids. Very handy for microwaving vegetables or
    reheating soups or whatever. It is in the cornflower pattern and
    the set was a brand new hand-me-down someone didn't want.

    I'd try to replace them if one broke. The matching little tea pot
    broke in the great shelf collapse of 2009.

    nancy

  4. #4
    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    >> you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    >> to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    >> glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making
    >> them. What's up with that?
    >>
    >> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    >> anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    >> show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >>
    >> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >> don't fix it.

    >
    > Maybe they weren't so successful after all? I do have one but it's not the
    > bowl. It's the square plate type thing. I bought it when I first bought my
    > microwave. I didn't know anything about microwaves but people kept telling
    > me you needed to use special dishes in them. So I bought special dishes,
    > including that. Then I learned that you could just put your regular dishes
    > in there provided they didn't have stuff like gold or silver paint or were
    > made of Melamine.
    >
    > I may have used that Grab It once or twice. And now that I think about it I
    > should just get rid of it.
    >
    > I have always had soup bowls. They have handles. So if I want something
    > with a handle, I use those.


    I have a grab it bowl with the glass top. The round ones I really did not
    like. Soup would be too heavy for the single small handle and need very
    strong fingers to keep it steady. It was next to impossible to pickup and
    carry a with kitchen towel when hot from a microwave oven.

    I do like the small square bowls that has two small handles on each side.
    Easy to remove from the microwave but the glass lid was not easy to remove
    when hot. Alway had to keep watch from burning your fingers off. But not
    sure if the square ones are called the grab it.

    However, if it is cold food mention not for reheating I always used plastic
    containers.
    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

  5. #5
    news Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 8/8/2011 3:55 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    > if you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    > holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or
    > fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped
    > making them. What's up with that?
    >
    > It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    > anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    > show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >
    > I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    > market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    > don't fix it.
    >
    > Jill


    I don't like them for cooking or serving human food but they make great
    cat dishes.

  6. #6
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 8/8/2011 7:04 AM, Nad R wrote:
    > "Julie Bove"<[email protected]> wrote:
    >> "jmcquown"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >>> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    >>> you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    >>> to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    >>> glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making
    >>> them. What's up with that?
    >>>
    >>> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    >>> anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    >>> show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >>>
    >>> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >>> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >>> don't fix it.

    >>
    >> Maybe they weren't so successful after all? I do have one but it's not the
    >> bowl. It's the square plate type thing. I bought it when I first bought my
    >> microwave. I didn't know anything about microwaves but people kept telling
    >> me you needed to use special dishes in them. So I bought special dishes,
    >> including that. Then I learned that you could just put your regular dishes
    >> in there provided they didn't have stuff like gold or silver paint or were
    >> made of Melamine.
    >>
    >> I may have used that Grab It once or twice. And now that I think about it I
    >> should just get rid of it.
    >>
    >> I have always had soup bowls. They have handles. So if I want something
    >> with a handle, I use those.

    >
    > I have a grab it bowl with the glass top. The round ones I really did not
    > like. Soup would be too heavy for the single small handle and need very
    > strong fingers to keep it steady. It was next to impossible to pickup and
    > carry a with kitchen towel when hot from a microwave oven.
    >
    > I do like the small square bowls that has two small handles on each side.
    > Easy to remove from the microwave but the glass lid was not easy to remove
    > when hot. Alway had to keep watch from burning your fingers off. But not
    > sure if the square ones are called the grab it.
    >
    > However, if it is cold food mention not for reheating I always used plastic
    > containers.

    Corning Ware was Pyroceram (a ceramic made from glass), which could
    often be heated to red heat and plunged into water without breaking.
    Especially, I remember its use for stove top, directly heated, coffee
    makers. Some years ago, Corning sold the name and patents and the new
    owners found could sell much cheaper formulations with the name but not
    the heat resistance and that's what you get now.

    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

  7. #7
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?


    "Nad R" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j1ofr7$a45$[email protected]..
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >>> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    >>> if
    >>> you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    >>> holders
    >>> to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    >>> glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making
    >>> them. What's up with that?
    >>>
    >>> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    >>> anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole
    >>> dishes
    >>> show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >>>
    >>> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >>> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >>> don't fix it.

    >>
    >> Maybe they weren't so successful after all? I do have one but it's not
    >> the
    >> bowl. It's the square plate type thing. I bought it when I first bought
    >> my
    >> microwave. I didn't know anything about microwaves but people kept
    >> telling
    >> me you needed to use special dishes in them. So I bought special dishes,
    >> including that. Then I learned that you could just put your regular
    >> dishes
    >> in there provided they didn't have stuff like gold or silver paint or
    >> were
    >> made of Melamine.
    >>
    >> I may have used that Grab It once or twice. And now that I think about
    >> it I
    >> should just get rid of it.
    >>
    >> I have always had soup bowls. They have handles. So if I want something
    >> with a handle, I use those.

    >
    > I have a grab it bowl with the glass top. The round ones I really did not
    > like. Soup would be too heavy for the single small handle and need very
    > strong fingers to keep it steady. It was next to impossible to pickup and
    > carry a with kitchen towel when hot from a microwave oven.
    >
    > I do like the small square bowls that has two small handles on each side.
    > Easy to remove from the microwave but the glass lid was not easy to remove
    > when hot. Alway had to keep watch from burning your fingers off. But not
    > sure if the square ones are called the grab it.
    >
    > However, if it is cold food mention not for reheating I always used
    > plastic
    > containers.
    > --
    > Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)



    I guess Grab Its weren't as popular as I thought. The handle is perfect for
    my hands and never felt hot to me. Soup definitely wasn't too heavy for the
    round grab it. I'm glad I still have 6 of them (with both glass and plastic
    lids). Square shapes would bother me. IMHO bowls shouldn't be square.
    Funny, on the Corning web site they still sell the plastic covers for Grab
    Its but they don't sell the bowls. Go Figure.

    Jill


  8. #8
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?


    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j1oko8$8mk$[email protected]..
    > Corning Ware was Pyroceram (a ceramic made from glass), which could often
    > be heated to red heat and plunged into water without breaking. Especially,
    > I remember its use for stove top, directly heated, coffee makers.


    I have one of those! When my drip coffee maker died I used the Corning
    percolator directly on the stovetop. It worked perfectly even though I did
    feel like I was in the 1930's making coffee on the stove top

    > Some years ago, Corning sold the name and patents and the new owners found
    > could sell much cheaper formulations with the name but not the heat
    > resistance and that's what you get now.
    >

    That explains it! They don't care.
    >
    > James Silverton, Potomac
    >

    Jill


  9. #9
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    jmcquown wrote:
    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    > if you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    > holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or
    > fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped
    > making them. What's up with that?
    >
    > It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    > anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole
    > dishes show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >
    > I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    > market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    > don't fix it.
    >
    > Jill



    The ceramic they used was expensive, so they switched to glass, which is
    not nearly as heat resistant. Basically, they ruined the product and
    hope nobody would notice.

    If you look at the bottoms of your old "cornflower" Corningware pieces,
    they say they can be used on the stovetop on broiler. The new white
    glass pieces (which are also heavier than the old stuff) say oven use only.

    Bob

  10. #10
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?


    "zxcvbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    >> if you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    >> holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or
    >> fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped
    >> making them. What's up with that?
    >>
    >> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    >> anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    >> show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >>
    >> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >> don't fix it.
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    >
    > The ceramic they used was expensive, so they switched to glass, which is
    > not nearly as heat resistant. Basically, they ruined the product and hope
    > nobody would notice.
    >
    > If you look at the bottoms of your old "cornflower" Corningware pieces,
    > they say they can be used on the stovetop on broiler. The new white glass
    > pieces (which are also heavier than the old stuff) say oven use only.
    >
    > Bob



    So they replaced good stuff with crap. There's a reason I don't replace old
    things with new. This is one of them Thanks, Bob!

    Jill


  11. #11
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 8/8/2011 9:34 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > "zxcvbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >>> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another
    >>> room if you wanted to munch while watching television, without
    >>> needing pot holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids -
    >>> plastic snap-on or fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the
    >>> fridge. Yet they stopped making them. What's up with that?
    >>>
    >>> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't
    >>> sell anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue"
    >>> casserole dishes show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of
    >>> them
    >>>
    >>> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >>> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >>> don't fix it.
    >>>
    >>> Jill

    >>
    >>
    >> The ceramic they used was expensive, so they switched to glass, which
    >> is not nearly as heat resistant. Basically, they ruined the product
    >> and hope nobody would notice.
    >>
    >> If you look at the bottoms of your old "cornflower" Corningware
    >> pieces, they say they can be used on the stovetop on broiler. The new
    >> white glass pieces (which are also heavier than the old stuff) say
    >> oven use only.
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    >
    > So they replaced good stuff with crap. There's a reason I don't replace
    > old things with new. This is one of them Thanks, Bob!
    >


    Profit is all, as usual! There was an article in yesterday's New York
    Times about the scarcity of relatively cheap generic cancer drugs, which
    are not being made because the manufacturers consider the profits
    inadequate. Extremely expensive (and less effective) patented treatments
    are being prescribed nowadays.


    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

  12. #12
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 2011-08-08, jmcquown <[email protected]> wrote:
    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili.


    They still make them. Our TrueValue hardware store sells them. I was
    going to buy a couple, but they're a ridiculous $10.95 ea! I bought a
    a CorningWare French white casserole set for $29, instead.

    http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/corn...le-set-1048149

    I've been to Corningware outlet stores in the outlet malls. Perhaps
    you can score Grab-its at a better price, there, next time you're in
    an urban area. Last time I was in one, they were only $5-6 ea, but
    that was 6-7 yrs ago.

    nb

  13. #13
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:28:06 -0400, James Silverton
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Some years ago, Corning sold the name and patents and the new
    > owners found could sell much cheaper formulations with the name but not
    > the heat resistance and that's what you get now


    That has been talked about here. Too bad they cheapened the product.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  14. #14
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On Mon, 8 Aug 2011 03:55:15 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    > perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    > you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    > to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted glass
    > tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making them.
    > What's up with that?
    >
    >

    I use soup mugs that I got from Campbell's for two labels +50 each
    (or whatever it was). Never needed or wanted lids for them.


    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  15. #15
    The Cook Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:28:06 -0400, James Silverton
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 8/8/2011 7:04 AM, Nad R wrote:
    >> "Julie Bove"<[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> "jmcquown"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >>>> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room if
    >>>> you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot holders
    >>>> to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    >>>> glass tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making
    >>>> them. What's up with that?
    >>>>
    >>>> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't sell
    >>>> anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue" casserole dishes
    >>>> show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of them
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >>>> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >>>> don't fix it.
    >>>
    >>> Maybe they weren't so successful after all? I do have one but it's not the
    >>> bowl. It's the square plate type thing. I bought it when I first bought my
    >>> microwave. I didn't know anything about microwaves but people kept telling
    >>> me you needed to use special dishes in them. So I bought special dishes,
    >>> including that. Then I learned that you could just put your regular dishes
    >>> in there provided they didn't have stuff like gold or silver paint or were
    >>> made of Melamine.
    >>>
    >>> I may have used that Grab It once or twice. And now that I think about it I
    >>> should just get rid of it.
    >>>
    >>> I have always had soup bowls. They have handles. So if I want something
    >>> with a handle, I use those.

    >>
    >> I have a grab it bowl with the glass top. The round ones I really did not
    >> like. Soup would be too heavy for the single small handle and need very
    >> strong fingers to keep it steady. It was next to impossible to pickup and
    >> carry a with kitchen towel when hot from a microwave oven.
    >>
    >> I do like the small square bowls that has two small handles on each side.
    >> Easy to remove from the microwave but the glass lid was not easy to remove
    >> when hot. Alway had to keep watch from burning your fingers off. But not
    >> sure if the square ones are called the grab it.
    >>
    >> However, if it is cold food mention not for reheating I always used plastic
    >> containers.

    >Corning Ware was Pyroceram (a ceramic made from glass), which could
    >often be heated to red heat and plunged into water without breaking.
    >Especially, I remember its use for stove top, directly heated, coffee
    >makers. Some years ago, Corning sold the name and patents and the new
    >owners found could sell much cheaper formulations with the name but not
    >the heat resistance and that's what you get now.


    They still make the original Pyroceram products.

    http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/corningware/products

    The ones touted as stove top are original Pyroceram.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

  16. #16
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 2011-08-08, The Cook <[email protected]> wrote:

    > They still make the original Pyroceram products.
    >
    > http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/corningware/products
    >
    > The ones touted as stove top are original Pyroceram.


    So it would seem:

    "The original pyroceramic glass version of CorningWare was removed
    from the US market in the late 1990s. It was re-introduced in 2009,
    due to popular demand."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CorningWare

    I'm not sure if they are exactly the same as the old blue flower line.
    I hope not, as they pretty much sucked for stovetop cooking. Burnt
    food caused by uneven heating and hotspots was quite common. I never
    did like them and gave all mine away.

    nb

  17. #17
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:45:09 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    > I'd try to replace them if one broke. The matching little tea pot
    > broke in the great shelf collapse of 2009.
    >
    > nancy


    i hope no one was seriously injured.

    your pal,
    blake

  18. #18
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:40:04 -0400, James Silverton wrote:

    > On 8/8/2011 9:34 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> "zxcvbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> jmcquown wrote:
    >>>> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >>>> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another
    >>>> room if you wanted to munch while watching television, without
    >>>> needing pot holders to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids -
    >>>> plastic snap-on or fitted glass tops for storing leftovers in the
    >>>> fridge. Yet they stopped making them. What's up with that?
    >>>>
    >>>> It's no wonder I haven't bought Corning Ware in years. They don't
    >>>> sell anything I like anymore. The original "cornflower blue"
    >>>> casserole dishes show up now on eBay. Fortunately I have a set of
    >>>> them
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm just curious as to why companies take successful products off the
    >>>> market. I'm all for innovation, new ideas. But hey, if it ain't broke
    >>>> don't fix it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Jill
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> The ceramic they used was expensive, so they switched to glass, which
    >>> is not nearly as heat resistant. Basically, they ruined the product
    >>> and hope nobody would notice.
    >>>
    >>> If you look at the bottoms of your old "cornflower" Corningware
    >>> pieces, they say they can be used on the stovetop on broiler. The new
    >>> white glass pieces (which are also heavier than the old stuff) say
    >>> oven use only.
    >>>
    >>> Bob

    >>
    >>
    >> So they replaced good stuff with crap. There's a reason I don't replace
    >> old things with new. This is one of them Thanks, Bob!
    >>

    >
    > Profit is all, as usual! There was an article in yesterday's New York
    > Times about the scarcity of relatively cheap generic cancer drugs, which
    > are not being made because the manufacturers consider the profits
    > inadequate. Extremely expensive (and less effective) patented treatments
    > are being prescribed nowadays.


    the invisible hand job at work!

    your pal,
    blake

  19. #19
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?

    On 8/8/2011 12:05 PM, blake murphy wrote:
    > On Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:45:09 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    >> I'd try to replace them if one broke. The matching little tea pot
    >> broke in the great shelf collapse of 2009.


    > i hope no one was seriously injured.


    (laugh!) Nah, only a set of luncheon dishes I didn't really use
    anyway. Now those lame plastic shelf holders are the metal paddle
    type, it wasn't all that fun having a bunch of stuff falling on me
    in a cascade.

    nancy

  20. #20
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Why Did Corning Stop Making "Grab It" Bowls?


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:0d00479a1vt0hfq[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 8 Aug 2011 03:55:15 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> There's nothing better than a bowl with a handle. Grab It bowls were
    >> perfect for soups, stew, chili. You could carry them into another room
    >> if
    >> you wanted to munch while watching television, without needing pot
    >> holders
    >> to carry the hot bowl. They even had lids - plastic snap-on or fitted
    >> glass
    >> tops for storing leftovers in the fridge. Yet they stopped making them.
    >> What's up with that?
    >>
    >>

    > I use soup mugs that I got from Campbell's for two labels +50 each
    > (or whatever it was). Never needed or wanted lids for them.
    >
    >

    Shame on you for admitting you buy Campbell's soups! LOL Just kidding, of
    course. I suspect most people on this ng, even those who consider
    themselves gourmet chefs, buy Campbell's soup from time to time.

    I wasn't thinking specifically about soup when I mentioned grab its bowls
    with covers. More like reheating steamed squash (that would be yellow
    summer squash for those who want to get picking) or reheating other leftover
    vegetables. They really are handy little bowls. I'm lucky I saved the ones
    Mom gave me back in the 1980's.

    Jill


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