Monday, October 14, 2013

M C'ing Double - MC Series Corningware Pieces

Guess what?

There is even more confusing stuff out there than the N series Rangetoppesr and the S Series Saucepans.  Yeppers, sure nuff.

I was all fine and dandy with the MC series that I knew of.   The "heat up frozen foods in the microwave/store stuff in the refrigerator" pieces that I have are pretty neat and all. (Evidently they are called "Fast Food" dishes)

They came in 2 sizes... The MC-1 (7 x 5 1/2) which is perfect for a box of frozen vegetables (Do frozen vegetables still come in boxes?  I usually buy bags o' frozen veggies)

and the MC-2 (10 1/2 x 6 3/4) I am not sure what this one was designed for, but it's great for storing celery or carrots in the refrigerator.

I have the white ones, obviously, but they were available in Wildflower and Spice o' Life as well.

The feet on the bottom fit into the divots on the lids, so they stack in the refrigerator without slipping, which is a definite plus as far as I am concerned. 

I thought that was all there was... Nice rectangular Refrigerator/Microwave/Convection oven dishes with interesting lids.  (The feet make them non-stove top friendly)

That was before I found THIS......

A French White 2.5 liter "Grill Pan" that is double marked.... not only with an embossed F-4-B, but with a painted MC-4-B number as well?!?!?!

What gives?

So I started hunting around eBay and Replacements limited, not to mention etsy, for other MC pieces.  As expected, the refrigerator dishes, pictured above, showed up, as well as the French White Grill pan, but I discovered that I have another piece of this strange MC stuff.

My French White divided dish is also part of the MC line, though mine does not have the extra mark on it, so I had NO idea.  For some reason or another, the divide dish that I have had for 5 years, only has the original F-6-B embossed mark on the bottom, no printed MC mark.

Which is even more funny, cause the original F-6-B from the French White line is a 1.8 liter low sided baking dish... Like this..... (without the divider)

Maybe the fact that mine is unmarked with the MC is a mistake. Hmmmmmmm......

OK, so I have now shared most of the weird, strange and/or odd stuff that I find as well as the more prosaic everyday stuff (mostly Cornflower, French White and Wheat).  How bout you?   What are all y'all finding out there? 

Where is your Corningware??  email me and let me know....  :-)


  1. Found a divided F-6-B today at Goodwill. Checking out your post, wondering if it is an unmarked MC. Is there a good way to tell?

    1. Sounds like it. I have several of these, and they are all marked slightly different... One is marked F-6 only, he other is embossed F-6 and has the ink stamp MC-6, on another both marks are embossed, and a 4th one has only the MC-6 printed on it. Corning seems to have marked these a little willy nilly, with no specific rules. LOL

  2. Hi. I just inherited the French White 2.5 liter "Grill Pan". I'm not sure how to use/cook with it, because of the "grill" feature. Do you use it often? Mine has no lid, so I was thinking meatloaf. Thoughts and suggestions? Btw, I love your blog. I'm new to the REAL Corningware and enjoy being educated on it from your blog. Many thanks!

    1. I do not use m MC-4 all that often, but Meatloaf is a good idea. I usually use my Cornflower P-19 platter with the spatter shield, but I think I will dig my French White grill dish out the next time. It would also be great for a small Beef Roast, Pork Tenderloin or a London Broil; even a good sized chicken... Basically, anything that you would bake/roast in the oven and not want it sitting in it's own drippings. I don't think the ridges were designed to perform so much as a "grill" but more of a built in roasting rack.

      I am glad you are enjoying Corning Ware 411... Feel free to ask any questions you may have. (I may have missed some piece of information along the way) :)

  3. Hey, I found the French White 2.5 L Grill-pan at a local thrift store and bought it, but I'm unsure if it's stovetop safe because I've read many contradictory things about it online. I'm not sure I ever will use it on the stove, but if it would be reassuring to know whether or not I could. Do you have any ideas? I'm assuming probably not, but it's worth asking!

  4. The contradictory information comes from the fact that they make french white in stoneware now, which isn't safe for stovetop or broiler... If you have a grill pan, though; then it would be pyroceram, not stoneware, so it's safe to use on the stovetop, even if a bit cumbersome


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