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 1977-1980 (possibly 1981) 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??
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