Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cradle Your French White/Bisque/Bleu & Classic Black in Comfort

I promised that I would write up a post on the French White Cradles, so that people would know what to look for the next time they are out questing for Corningware.   To date, the only ones I have mentioned are the Platinum Cradles simply because those are my favorite and what I have the most of.  The Platinum Cradles were not the first, nor would they be the last.  For today, though, I think I will just stick with the French White/Bleu/Bisque & Classic Black cradles.

Behold... The French White Cradle.  (Also available, contrary to book publications, with selected pieces of Classic Black)

They are really a fairly simple design, being a single piece of wire, bent ingeniously and then welded where the ends meet underneath so your dish will conveniently hide said weld at the table.

So far, I have only seen 5 different cradles...  One for each of the main pieces in the French White (and Bisque) collection.   F-1, F-2, F-4, F-5 and F-6.  (The F-3 quiche doesn't have a cradle)

They seem to be made of Chromed Stainless Steele.

When they were originally sold, the boxes were supposedly marked with an LE prefix and an R suffix.... as in LE-F1-R being a 2.5 liter Souffle.  Personally, all I have ever seen is an entire set of the 3 pieces mentioned above being sold as a set under F-360.

They are not marked in any way shape or form, so you have to kind of wing it, when trying to decide which ones you need vs which ones you already have... Thus, I have several duplicates.  But that's OK... Cause I have A LOT of French White/Bleu/Bisque & Classic Black that needs to be cradled in comfort when setting on a hard table.  (it might get bruised otherwise)  However, in the interest of those reading this blog, I have decided to take measurements of all 5 of the ones I have found so far.  That way you don't have to keep purchasing the same sized cradles over and over and over... did I mention over?

That is what happened with these 3... The 3 most common...  The F-1, F-2 and F-4 cradle seem to be the most prolific.

Let me state that I am using Bisque here for demo, because it's readily accessible and the other "colors", aside from French White itself, are missing pieces...   French Bleu has no F-4 and Classic Black has no F-1..  Aside from French White, French Bisque is the most complete of the Frenches.  LOL

Here are the 2 souffle cradles... the LE-F1-R (right) and the LE-F5-R (left).

Note, the LE-F5-R cradle is small enough to fit "inside" the LE-F1-R Cradle.

The LE-F1-R is 4 7/8 inches deep across the bottom, 6 3/4 inches wide in the "front", 12 3/4 inches from handle to handle, and 4 1/4 inches high at the handle.

The LE-F5-R is 4 3/8 inches deep across the bottom, 6 inches wide in the "front", 10 3/4 inches from handle to handle, and 3 7/8 inches high at the handle.

We aren't done.... There are 3 more...

The F-2 Casserole (back), the F-6 small Open Roaster (middle) and the large F-4 Open Roaster (front)......

The LE-F2-R (Back) is 4 7/8 inches deep across the bottom, 9 3/8 inches wide in the "front", 15 inches from handle to handle and 3 3/8 inches high at the handle

The LE-F6-R (Front) is 5 inches deep across the bottom, 9 1/2 inches wide in the "front", 14 3/8 inches from handle to handle and 2 5/8 inches high at the handle

The LE-F4-R is 5 3/4 inches deep across the bottom, 11 inches wide in the "front", 16 1/2 inches from handle to handle and 2 3/4 inches high at the handle

Hopefully that will help at least a little bit... Just remember to have a tape measure handy the next time you are out thrifting....

Where is your Corningware??

1 comment:

  1. Your articles are so interesting because my Corningware is so old, I can't remember where or when I got it. I passed down a bunch when my kids left home. So I never looked at the new stuff, it was too expensive.


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