Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith
Shopping for Microwave Utensils and Other Kitchen Essentials
Find Discontinued Microwave Utensils at Auctions
Consider the following email from a visitor to this site who purchased Microwave Cooking for One.
January 14, 2001
I would like to know where the Corning Menu-ette microwave cookware can
be purchased. I tried Kitchen ETC and Cooking.com, and it wasn't available at those sites. The
Menu-ette sauce pan is used in a lot of the recipes in the Microwave Cooking for One cookbook.
Or what other utensil would be the best? Thank You for your help.
January 15, 2001
Don't Panic!!!! This is not a major problem!
The only negative comment I have ever heard (actually read) about my mother's
cookbook is that she described utensils by name brand. I have to agree with the critic at Publisher's
Weekly on that point. While the Corning Menu-ette items were readily available when Mom wrote her book,
unfortunately Corning decided to quit manufacturing that line several years ago.
The reason this is not a problem is that what is important in microwave cooking is
that size and shape matter, not the brand of the utensil. If you don't have a utensil with precisely the
same dimensions as the ones called for in a recipe, just try to approximate it as closely as you can. The
Menu-ettes looked like round saucepans with handles, about six inches in diameter. There was a 1-pint and
a 1½-pint. You can use soufflé dishes that approximate the same size. The handle is really not important.
It was convenient, but not necessary. Personally, I use Corning's casseroles and pop-ins, and I still have
an old set of the Menu-ettes. They're just collecting dust in my cabinets. The thing about
CorningWare is it lasts forever.
If you would really, really be more comfortable using the exact items described in the
book, there are always the Internet Auction sites. I did a search for you.
You can get this Menu-ette skillet with lid, if you out bid the $2.00 current bid and
pay $4.00 shipping.
Here is the 6" Browning skillet for only $4.99 plus $3.95 shipping. I'd
snap this one up because Corning doesn't make this any more, and it is used in the book a lot. No body has
even bid on it. This a real find!
Note: Notice the small feet on the browning skillet?
Corning browning utensils have small feet to raise the tin-oxide-coated bottom from the surface. This
is the only utensil you should cook empty in your microwave oven. You should never place this utensil
in a regular oven, or use it on your stovetop.
And last, but certainly not least, three CorningWare pieces .... drum
roll .... The 1-pint Menu-ette, the 1½-pint Menu-ette, and the Menu-ette Skillet (all three are
used in Microwave Cooking for One), with one glass lid. Asking price is $15.00. No bids yet.
Note: Links have been removed asauctions have closed.
These are just three items I found with a quick search of "CorningWare".
When I did a search on "Corning" there were over 700 items listed. As I said before, CorningWare
lasts forever, and always looks wonderful, so I wouldn't have any qualms about purchasing used items. They
might even be collector's items one day, so it could be a good investment as well as a cooking utensil.
Why Use Auctions?
When it comes to cookware that is no longer manufactured, one of your best resources for
acquiring the items you want is an online auction. Quite frankly, eBay outdoes them all. I've used one
of those consolidated searches, as well as checked out individual auctions. I always find lots of results at
eBay and next to none at the other auctions. I'm not saying that you shouldn't look at the other auctions,
just that you're more likely to find what you're looking for quicker at eBay.
Even though the Corningware Browning utensils are no longer manufactured, you can still find
many in excellent condition at the eBay Auctions. For those that come without instructions, we have posted
CorningWare Browner Instructions at this site.
Look for 1-Pint and 1½-Pint Menu-ettes at eBay Auctions
Look for Corning 1-Quart Gravy Maker at eBay Auctions
Another item referred to frequently in "Microwave Cooking for One," is the Corning Gravy
Maker (also known as Sauce Maker). This item is no longer manufactured by Corning, but is frequently offered for sale at eBay!
It is a very good cookbook and I have yet to find a recipe that didn't turn out as it was supposed to.—Norm Peterson, Arizona
My hubby keeps looking in the cookbook, and asks "when will you cook this recipe?"—Lori Hamby, Florida
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