Thursday, October 31, 2013

Corningware Goes Platinum - Platinum Cradles/Trivets

If you have been following Corningware411 for a while, you have probably seen them.  They occasionally show up in pictures here and there, or sneak into the background.  Sometimes they even get passing references in the comments.  They are not "Corningware" per se, nor are they Suprema, Centura or Vitrelle.  They are the unsung heroes of the Corningware world.  A table service necessity that not only protects your table, and the bottom of your Corningware, but has a retro appeal at the same time.

I am speaking of the Platinum Cradles (AKA Trivets).

Personally, though I have several other iterations of these "cradle/trivets", such as the wire ones which come in gold or chrome with either white plastic or Teak handles, I find myself always reaching for my Platinum ones.  There is something just clean and simple about the design;  there is an elegance to it, yet it has that retro mid-century flair that I absolutely love.

My only issue with these cradles is that they have a tendency to scratch wooden table tops if they slide.  They really didn't polish the bottoms of the feet all that well.  Then again, when these were released, more people probably had those awesome Crushed Ice Formica tables tops with the wicked cool Chrome trim.  It probably wasn't so much an issue back the.  Alas, I have a wooden table and I would much prefer not to scratch the heck out of it.  (I already did it once, thank goodness for Old English)

Luckily, thanks to a suggestion from my mother, I have found a solution to the issue.  That is, aside from just not sliding them across the table.  (Cause you KNOW, that someone at some point is gonna slide one eventually and nick up the table again)

Thus, my solution....  Screw protectors.  Yep, go down to the local hardware store (or hardware section of the nearest big box) and purchase screw protectors.

You may need more than 1 size though.  I found that some cradles (P-11-M and P-10-M-1) needed to have the 1/4 inch size. (which only came in white at my hardware store)



While the other ones (P-2 1/2-M-1 and P-7-M-1) needed the smaller #10 protectors. (which only came in black, I think I would have preferred white)



It doesn't seem to have any relation to the size of the cradle, as to which size of protectors you will need either.  The P-11-M is smaller than the P-2 1/2-M-1, but the P-11-M has thicker feet on it. 

Now, not only is my Corningware safely cradled for table service, my table is also safe from hot pots AND scratches.

All is right with the world again.

Where is your Corningware??
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5 comments:

  1. I am so glad that I found your blog. I have read your French White posts from 8/2, 9/26 and 10/17. Can you please tell me how to differentiate between pre-1999 French White and the bakeware product made by World Kitchen? Thank you - Gayle (I don't seem to be able to sign in except as anonymous! =)

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    1. Hi Gayle! Welcome. As luck would have it, I did a post regarding identification of vintage vs new French White back in December of last year. It is located here.......

      http://corningware411.blogspot.com/2012/12/avoiding-identity-theft-french-white.html?m=1

      Hope this helps. :-)

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  2. So glad I found this post, the suggestions for the feet is genius and I will be doing that! Hoping maybe you could help me locate information on the size dish that the different size trivets match to? I have two trivets and three casserole dishes, only one truly fits one of my dishes and I would like to buy to have a full fitting set but I havent had any luck finding information on fit.

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  3. Jim Pila, I was looking for the same info and found it here:
    http://www.bluecornflower.com/accessories/platinum-cradles.htm

    Hope this helps.

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