Friday, July 18, 2014

Captivatingly Clad CorningWare - My N-Series Rangetopper Collection

I think these have been the hardest Cornflower pieces to get my hands on.....  The N-Series RangeToppers (being the aluminum clad bottoms) were only produced for a few years between 1979-1982 (possibly 1983) before they were supplanted by the S-series RangeTop line, which were missing the Aluminum bottoms (the skillets have waffling on the inside)  There are extremely difficult to find (in Cornflower), and when found, usually command a premium price; which I am loathe to pay. 

I will admit that I have resorted to eBay a couple times, but only when it was a really good deal...   However, that always comes with casualties due to lack of common sense when packing something made of "glass". 

But here it is... 1 year in the making...   My N-series Rangetopper Collection.  All of mine have the exposed aluminum bottom except for the 2 1/2 quart which is a 2nd generation piece when Corning began encapsulating the aluminum within the Pyroceram instead of simply cladding the bottom. This one piece is significantly easier to clean...  That's all I gotta say about that. 

Top to bottom.......
Top Shelf:  N-1 1/2-B (1 1/2 quart Sauce pan) on N-2 1/2-B (2 1/2 quart Sauce pan)
Middle Shelf:  N-1-B (1 quart Sauce pan) on N-8 1/2-B (8 1/2 inch Skillet) on N-10-B (10 inch Skillet)
Bottom Shelf:  N-5-B (5 quart Dutch Oven)

I can only guess as to why Corning decided to add Aluminum to their Corning Ware pieces.  Granted, the only safe way to cook in aluminum is to have a layer of pyroceram between it and your food.

Where is your Corning Ware??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coincidental Cornflower Collection - My Unintentional A-series Cornflower

I have said many times that I was never interested in collecting the A-Series Cornflower, at least not past the roasters...  Cause you can never have too many roasting pans.    There were more pieces made in the P-Series, and the P-series is the older of the two (being pre-1972) so I was all good with just concentrating on the original model series.  

Be that as it may, I sort of "fell" into a slew of A-series over the space of a couple days and it was all REALLY inexpensive.  My resolve completely crumbled.... SO, this is my completely unplanned collection of A-series Cornflower.

Top Shelf: A-18-B on A-21-B on A-76-B sitting on an 11x15 White Counter Saver that I stretched across the top, so I could add the roasters to the photo.
Second Shelf:  A-8-B in A-10-B
Third Shelf:  A-1-B on A-3-B on A-84-B
Bottom Shelf:  A-1 1/2-B on A-2-B, on A-5-B
Not shown...   A-22 Electromatic Table Range.  (I can only balance so much on my shelf)

Granted, I am still missing the infamous A-21-B-N (late model A-21 Roaster with handles on each end), but it will happen...  :)

Oh, that little blue box on the top, is the metal rack (A-21-R) that Corning made to fit all 3 of the A-series Roasting Pans.

Where is your Corning Ware??