CORELLE DINNEREWARE SET- WHAT IS CORELLE AND WHY BUY IT

WHAT IS CORELLE

Corelle Dinnerware is a product of a company named Corning Inc., an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies. They have been in business for many years and are located in Corning, N. Y. USA. In the early stages of developing specialized glass, they manufactured glass for television sets. They were always working to make glass stronger and better, using research and technology. Corning has been a household name for as long as I can remember (which is a long time). I have Corning ware in my cupboards today that was a wedding gift in the late 50’s.

Corning is a company that has very high standards for the products they make and are always researching to make better products. They go by the standards of Quality, Integrity, Performance, Leadership, Independence and the Individual. They also believe that employees determine success.

Vitrelle tempered glass was introduced in 1970 by what was then Corning Glass Works. Vitrelle glass is probably not a name you recognize but I am sure you have heard of Corelle.

Corelle is a name used in dinnerware made of Vitrelle, a bonded three-layered glass that will withstand heat up to 350 degrees. It is non-porous, thin, lightweight and will stand up to vigorous every day use. It will not scratch and the pattern will not fade. Corelle is very durable and will not break easily but Corning Inc, has a 5-year warranty and will gladly replace your broken item.

Splendor is a pattern of Corelle Dinnerware.

Splendor Pattern can be purchased in a 32  pc set, which includes:

  • 4 each
  • 10-1/4-inch dinner plates
  • 6-3/4-inch bread and butter plates
  • 18-oz soup or cereal bowls

The price for this set is $81.80

You can purchase additions to your Splendor Pattern such as:

6 pc microwave cookware, steamer and storage set. $17.99

19- 0z Acrylic Tumbler

Dishwasher and microwave safe and can be used in the oven safely if temperature does not exceed 350 degrees. Manufacture instructions will be in your packaging.

Your dishes will arrive in a frustration free package. Which means, you won’t want to scream as you try to get to the dishes.

They are lightweight and stackable saving storage space. Corelle is very strong and will not chip or crack with every day use.

The cost of these sets may seem a little high, but when you consider how long they will last and that they will be replaced if broken, plus they are beautiful and fade proof, the cost is reasonable.

Corelle Dinnerware sets make your table look very elegant if you want them for a more formal setting or you can use them in a more casual way as everyday table setting. The Splendor pattern is perfect for either setting.

Corelle is great if you have a family of young people because they really are durable and not easily broken. Also, as we get older, we might not have good co-ordination and loose grip on things. These dishes will save a lot of aggravation.

The younger generation say they don’t want the dishes they grew up with, they prefer the modern styles but if you are raising a family, durable is necessary and if that is not the case, Corelle today is not the Corelle you grew up with. The patterns are prettier and more elegant looking. Colors and patterns are more into the times, just as they were in the beginning. Corning is always changing the patterns and the shapes, but it is still very high quality. If Country Cottage isn’t your style, I am sure you can find other patterns on Amazon that you will like.

Why buy Corelle?

Pros:

  • Made from Vitrelli tempered glass (non-porous)
  • Durable, crack, chip and break resistant
  • Pattern will not wash or fade off
  • Made in USA
  • Food safe and FDA approved
  • Dishwasher and Microwave safe
  • Can purchase single add-on pieces
  • 5 yr replacement warranty

Cons:

  • A little pricey
  • Cereal bowls are small
  • Will shatter when breaking
  • Necessary to return pieces for replacement


Conclusion

Having lived not far from Corning NY, I have been very familiar with Corelle Dinnerware. I have owned several sets over the years (I like to change patterns) and I have had very little breakage. They will break if dropped on hard tile floors, but will be replaced if you save the pieces. The price may seem high but in this case quality is what you pay for. They really are worth the money. From my own experience I would recommend Corelle. I really believe you will not regret the purchase.

You can Corelle Dinnerware Splendor Pattern and 0ther related items on Amazon.

KITCHEN KNIVES REVIEW-WUSTHOF-ClASSIC 7-PC SET

WHO IS WUSTHOF

Wusthof is a family owned and operated business that was founded in Solingen, Germany in 1814 and has been family operated for 7 generations. The employ 350 people.

The city of Solingen is also known as the City of Blades, because of the high standard of quality they demand for knives that are made in their city. Wusthof meets these demands and therefore, they proudly stamp “Made in Solingen” on their products.

The company logo, a Trident within a circle, is a symbol of their core values, Passion, Diligence, Perfection.

Wusthof has a large inventory of knife products. The are used by well-known chefs to the ordinary cook. This kitchen knife review is going to cover the Classic 7-pc set which has all the knives you will need in your own home kitchen.

  • Includes 3.5-inch Paring Knife,
  • 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife,
  • 6-inch Kiritsuke Prep Knife,
  • 8-inch Bread Knife,
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife,
  • Come-Apart Kitchen Shears,
  • 6-slot Slim Design Wood Knife Block (Acacia Wood)
  • Ultra slim knife block design to maximize counter space (small 9.5 x 3.5-inch footprint)

Exclusive Precision Edge Technology

WÜSTHOF’S Precision Edge Technology, PEtec, offers superior blade sharpness and has set the new standard for modern cutlery.

Conventionally hand-sharpened knives are plagued by irregularities that diminish the blade’s sharpness and overall performance. Through a proprietary process inclusive of computer-controlled robotics, WÜSTHOF’S PEtec yields a smoother, more refined edge with dramatically increased sharpness and sharpness retention along the entire length of the blade. The result is a knife with a definitive advantage for every home or professional chef.

The Technology:

  • Before sharpening, the blades are measured using lasers to ensure accuracy
  • Computers calculate the precise sharpening angle for each blade
  • Precision robots sharpen the blades on a whetstone
  • The knives are given a final polish using a specialized disc

The Benefits:

  • The quality of forged WÜSTHOF knives produced using the PEtec process is significantly higher than that produced by the standard manual sharpening process.
  • Extremely high cutting performance with a 20% sharper edge
  • Doubles the edge retention
  • Optimum cutting edge along the entire length of the blade
  • Unique, consistently high and reproducible quality

The Classic 7-pc set has a double bolster design which give it a professional-style heft and exceptional balance and is good-looking. The handles are made of a synthetic material, which is highly durable for a long-lasting knife. Polyoxymethylene (POM) is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability. POM resists fading and discoloration of the knife handle. The handle’s elegant shape is designed for a comfortable grip.

CLEANING AND STORING OF YOUR KNIVES

Always be careful when handling any knife as the blades are shape and can easily cause an injury, as these are some of the sharpest cooking knives available.

You should always hand wash these knives, using the dishwasher is not a good idea. These knives are high quality and top of the line so treat them as such.

Use a clean cloth and a mild detergent and warm water. If treated properly these knives will serve your needs for many years to come. They are designed to be treated with respect.

Store your knives the proper way to keep the edges sharp and ready to cut, chop, dice or peel any food you choose. Always make sure they are completely dry before you put them away. This 7-pc set comes with a six-slot slim line block. This will not take a lot of space on your countertop but is an excellent place for storing your knives. Two magnetic holders are another method of storage. If you have limited space, this may a good option as the can be hung on the wall or place on a flat surface such as a drawer. The magnets will hold the knives apart from each other so the edges do not get dull. If you like to take your knives with you when you are away from home, a knife case or knife roll can protect you knives as you take them from place to place.

KEEPING YOUR KNIVES AT THEIR BEST.

There is a method called honing, which calls for a tool which is made of steel and called a honing tool. This method will maintain your knives by realigning the microscopic teeth along the blade. It is best if you read the instruction on how to do this properly. There are instructional videos on the internet.

Sharpening is different from honing. There are different methods of sharpening a knife. Sharpening removes a small amount of the edge using sharpening steel. As these knives are precision blades, I recommend you learn using something other than a Wusthof knife. There are also videos on the internet to help you learn.

Pros

  • German made by Wusthof Family
  • Percision Technology
  • Superior blade sharpness
  • Retains sharpness
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Triple riveted handle
  • Beautiful Acacia Wood Knife Block
  • Come-Apart kitchen shears are high quality and easy to keep clean

Cons

  • Expensive but very high quality
  • Extremely sharp (need to be careful when handling)
  • Not dishwasher safe

Conclusion

These knives are some of the highest quality knives available. The pros definitely outweigh the cons. With proper care these knives will last a lifetime. I believe the are worth the cost. They are an investment in making cooking a pleasure.

I hope this Kitchen knife review has given you information enough to make an informed decision when purchasing your 7- pc knife set which you can find on Amazon.

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Barbecue Grill Review-Breville Smart Grill

  • Product: Breville Smart Grill
  • Place to buy: Check it out at Amazon
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Extended Warranty Available

Outdoor grilling is a favorite thing to do for many people but there are times when it just isn’t possible. Breville Smart grill allows you to grill in your kitchen on the counter top. Just open the grill all the way for barbecue grill mode. On the days that it is cold and snowy or too hot outside you can enjoy the same delicious barbecue that you would from grilling outside. While researching for my barbecue grill review, I found the Breville to have the highest quality materials and technology.

What is a Smart Grill

The Element IQ technology detects heat loss and provides rapid recovery, which is necessary for searing meat. The Breville Snart Grill is constructed from Brushed Stainless Steel. The plates are designed from premium quality, non-stick cast aluminum, which makes for easy cleanup. They are PFOA free. The dimension are 14″ x 14″ x 5 3/4″ making it small enough for counter top grilling.

320 degrees- 450F degrees variable temperature control, which allow you to have a low setting for fixing a Panini, and Sear Modes, high setting for searing any type of meat.

Features

6 adjustable height settings. The height between the top and bottom plate is adjustable, allowing you to press either large or small sandwiches There is a ribbed plate and a flat plate, and both plates are removable and interchangeable so you can choose the plate that works for whatever you may be making. The removable plates clean up easily.

What can it do?

The flat and ribbed plates allow you to cook eggs, pancakes, panini’s, open-faced sandwiches and many other things. For barbecue, the oven opens all the way to give you more space for cooking. Extra plates can be purchased at Amazon if you need two flat or two ribbed. The temperature control lets you set the heat where you want, up to 450 degrees, for perfect grilling every time. The drippings from both plates will drain into the removable, easy to clean, drip pan. The base can be adjusted to tilt for proper fat drainage.

There is a timer control dial that allows you to set the cooking time and will alert you when time is up. You can be doing other things. LCD digital display tells you when the plates are preheated and counts down the cooking time.

Pos:

  • Element IQ Technology for fast heat recovery
  • Low to High Heat settings allows for versatile cooking from sandwiches to steak and Barbecue.
  • Removable plates, easy cleanup, dishwasher safe.
  • Counter top Size
  • Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Adjustable plate tilt plate allows drippings to run off.
  • Cast Aluminum Non-stick. Premium Quality, PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) Free

Cons:

  • May need to replace plates after a period. Non stick wears off.
  • Sometimes dripping end up on counter top.

Conclusion

The Breville Smart Grill has the lasted technology and can be used for cooking many foods from barbecue to eggs and so much more. It isn’t over sized and will sit will one your counter top. It is attractive and will look great in your kitchen.

My barbecue grill review has found that the Breville Brand is well respected in several countries and is considered a top brand in the industry. As you can see, there are not many people finding issues with this product.

I hope you have learned from my review and can make an educated decision when buying this or any other grill. Thanks for reading. I appreciate any comments you have or any questions. Please feel free to leave either a comment or a question below and I will get back to you a soon as I can.

A recipe to use with your grill.

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 15 min .

Servings: 1 Ingredients: 6-8 slices of deli ham (add more if you want a heftier sandwich) Cheddar cheese, sliced ½ apple, cored and thinly sliced 2 slices bread ½ tablespoon butter.

Directions:

1. Heat panini press to approximately 375˚F.

2. Melt butter in a frying pan.

3. Place ham slices in the pan when butter is melted. Cook until browned (about 4 minutes), flipping them over halfway through.

4. While the ham cooks, thinly slice your apple. The thin slices will release some of the apple’s juices to keep your panini from getting soggy. .

5. Layer fried ham, cheddar and apple slices onto your bread. Top with other slice of bread. .

6. Press the sandwich in the panini maker for 3-5 minutes, until bread starts to brown.

 

 

 

Convection Oven Cooking Review-What Is It and Why Use It

Product: Breville Smart Oven Pro             

Warrant: One year Limited

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What is convection cooking?

It is heating food using the circulation of hot air. A fan is used to circulate the heat evenly.

The hot air is circulated within the oven, which speed up the heating time by forcing the cold air to the bottom. This process will evenly cook the food in the oven.

Why convection oven cooking .

The convection oven cooks 30% faster than non-convection. Everyone has busy schedules these days, so cooking needs to be done as quickly as possible. Convection oven cooking is a great way to do this. This oven will do many of the things the oven in your stove will do only faster.

A conventional oven only allows you to place the food in the center of the rack. Multiple dishes in a conventional oven will not cook evenly as the air is not circulated evenly. Preheating time is longer so it takes more energy. A convection oven will allow you to do all of this and more.

Breville Smart oven Pro is constructed from brushed stainless steel. It is 15-3/4 x 18-1/2 x 11 in size. The cavity is large enough to hold a 9 x 13 pan, and has non-stick coating for easy cleanup. One rack comes with the oven but another one can be purchased and will work as the shelves are adjustable. A 2 pc broiler pan and a pizza pan are part of the package. The oven temperature ranges from 150 degrees to a high of 500 degrees.

The Breville Smart Oven Pro has an interior light to allow you to see your food as it cooks. There are 10 preset cooking functions that allow you to make 6 slices of toast or bagels at one time which is great for morning breakfast. The preset functions are toast, bagel bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm and slow cook. The settings will allow you to put your food in the oven and a push a button to start the process. This oven is large enough to roast a whole chicken. This makes convection oven cooking easy.

The smart element IQ smart heat has 1800 Watts of power which transfers heat across 5 quartz elements for precise and stable heat. The heat is automatically adjusted to maintain the same temperature during the cooking process. You will have prefect results every time. With this much heating power your convection oven will preheat much faster.

Pros

  • Heats food using circulation of hot air by heating element and fan.
  • The food cooks faster saving energy.
  • Stackable rack, can cook more than one dish at a time and food will cook evenly.
  • Place dish anywhere in oven and it will cook evenly.
  • Aluminum foil can be used just be careful not to touch the sides or back of oven
  • Extra warranty is available

Cons.  

  • Recipes will need some adjustments, it is best to find convection oven cooking recipes.
  • Dough will not rise, need regular oven.
  • Cannot cover or block the fan.
  • Fan is an extra part that can fail but most ovens last a very long time without this problem.

Conclusion

Convection oven cooking is going to cut down on the time it takes to cook your meal. It will be more energy efficient. Breville Smart Oven Pro is made by a company that was founded in 1932 and has become a global icon in the kitchen appliances and delivers to over 70 countries.

There are many features that will make cooking by convection easier and faster than the conventional oven. If you are thinking of adding an extra oven, I think you will find the Breville Smart Oven Pro will more than meet you needs and expectations.

Directions for Simple baked Chicken

  1. Preheat convection oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt and Creole seasoning.
  3. Place chicken in a broiler pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. …
  5. Remove chicken from pan.

You can find many recipes online for convection oven cooking , plus you can find how to adjust ingredients for your own recipes.  Cooking with convection  is not complicated. Enjoy the delicious food you are about to prepare.

I hope this is informative to you and helps in your decision.

If you have any question or comments please feel free to leave them below. I will get back to you a soon as I can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calphalon Cookware Review-50 Years and still growing

  • Product: Calphalon Premier Space saving non-stick cookware
  • Price: $649.99
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  • Manufacturer Warranty
  • Set Includes: 8″ fry pan, 10″ fry pan, 12″ fry pan, 2.5 qt saucepan with lid, 3.5 qt saucepan with lid, 4.5 qt soup pan with lid, 3 qt saute pan with lid, 5 qt saute use with lid, 8 qt stockpots with lid

Calphalon was created by a small company in Toledo, Ohio, where they are still today. They manufactured commercial cookware in the beginning but when they developed the process of hard anodizing (50% stronger than stainless steel) in the 1960’s they named it calphalon. Over the years they have been a leader in the cookware industry.

Calphalon Cookware is made from durable hard anodized aluminum and is FDA approved. The non-stick coating does have PTFE (Polyetrafluoroethylene) which is used to create the corrosion resistant, non-stick coating. If you this is a concern for you it can be researched at metcoat.com/ptfe-coatings.htm. As noted above, it is FDA approved.

This cookware is stackable in any order saving up to 30% storage space. The lids are flat tempered glass which make them durable and dishwasher safe and they are designed to make this set stackable. The aluminum handles stay cool during cooking. I can say this true as I have a set of Calphalon Cookware.

Calphalon Cookware is a little heavier than some other products out there but the are more durable. The weight of the pots and pans is approximately 3 – 5 pounds.

It does not matter what type of cooking stove you have. This cookware will work with gas, electric or glass top. You just have to adjust to you method of heat. These pots and pans are designed to distribute heat evenly so your food will cook evenly. It is always good to read the manufacturers instructions.

Any type of utensils can be used. Even though they say this, I personal only use silicone or Teflon coated. They are scratch resistant but why take a chance by using metal.

In addition to the set described above, Calphalon has smaller, non stackable, non-stick sets but if your storage space is limited and you want astackable set the 15 pc is what you need.

Calphalon has a stainless steel line of cookware that is not non-stick but of high quality steel. Check this cookware out at Amazon.com

Thanks for reading my Calphalon Cookware Review. If you would like to add a comment or ask a question I will get back to you as soon as I can.