Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happiness is a Warm Bottom - French White/Bleu/Bisque and Classic Black F2MWCR Cradle

Well, after my original post on French White Cradles, and the fact that I had to snitch pictures from an eBay listing, I began searching for this elusive F Series cradle.  It has taken a little time, and a little luck, but I finally succeeded in finding one.

Behold!!!!!   The F2MWCR....  (cue theme from "2001: a space odyssey")

In English?  The French White/Bleu/Bisque & possibly Classic Black 2 1/2 quart (2.8 Liter) Deep Oval Casserole Microwaveable Warming Cradle.  Whew!   I think I will stick with the F2MWCR. It's faster to say... and type.

It is entirely made of plastic, save for the Granite insert in the center.  It's made in China, so it was from the time when "Crown Corning" started importing accessories.  It still looks a lot like one of those "As Seen On TV" gizmos to me.

The back side has the Microwaving instructions.  
  • 600 - 900W                       = 2 1/2 - 4 minutes
  • 1000-1500W                    = 1 1/2 - 3 minutes
  • Commercial Microwave = 1 - 1 1/2 minutes (scared of that)

Evidently, the Granite piece absorbs microwave energy and heats up, thus warming the bottom of your dish warm, hence keeping the casserole, held within, piping hot while serving.  Probably a little safer than the previous candle warmers had been.

I tried multiple pieces, but it really is designed specifically for the F-2 Casserole; none of my others fit into it.

My assumption is that this was originally available as a set with a French White F-2 because of the era it was made, but it's possible it was still available with French Bleu and French Bisque.  I do not, however, believe this product was available after the late 80s, meaning that it predates the Classic Black (1990).  Though I am not completely certain of that.  Then again, this was an add-on and could only be purchased separately, since I have never seen a box.

Where is your Corningware Cradle??


  1. I have one, and so happy to see this post. As I have not used mine....

  2. This was developed around 1998 or 1999 as part of a Corning microwave line that used items across brands (CWQ, Prex, and Corelle. The trivet was developed with a "as seen on TV" company as it was based on a product they had developed that was very successful.

    This rare 4 cup Pyrex measring cup and a simlar 8 cup batter bowl with white marks were also part of the line.

  3. I've found one of these and it has a blue steamer insert with it as well. The number on it is F2MWR.

    1. Awesome find!!! Thank you for letting me know what the model number of that insert is. I greatly appreciate it.


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