This is a product review of Corning Visions Amber Glass Cookware. Healthy for you. Versatile. Pots and pans that are safe for your dishwasher, freezer, microwave, preheated-oven, broiler and stove top!
My Doctor prescribed that I use these in 2009. I was way overweight, my aluminum saturation was 90%, my propensity to cancer was 70%.
Each morning I was boiling water for my tea in an anodised-aluminum pot. I was cooking with highly-rated, non-stick cookware. Because I was using a high-heat method, many of the skillets were scorched and losing their coating… and going into my food. Even though I was using many organic ingredients, my cookware was poisoning me.
I walked a bunch, drank lots of water, took a huge vitamin-mineral regimen, and bought many pieces of Corning Visions Amber Cookware. I got them used, online.
And from just June to November, my weight dropped by 40 pounds, my propensity to cancer dropped to 10%, and my aluminum concentrate dropped to well within healthy range. I had to dig out some old clothes; I looked much better, and felt much better.
I have been using Visions cookware every day since then.
Origin and Qualities of Corning Visions Amber Cookware
Visions cookware was developed by Corning Glass of France, patented in 1958. It is made of a transparent, beta-quartz, semi-crystalline ceramic material called Calexium. It belongs to the Pyroceram family of glass-ceramics used in the white Corning CookWare, which has been sold since 1915. Visions is completely different from Corning’s clear PYREX kitchenware. Visions is unquestionably better than these other product lines in the areas of heat transmittance, stain resistance, and especially chemical durability.
Calexium has an extremely high thermal shock resistance, so food can be stored in the freezer and immediately set
on a hot stove top or in a preheated oven. It can withstand heat up to 850 degrees F, so it can even be used in the broiler. And to store food after cooking, it is even safe to put the pot in the refrigerator or freezer while it is still hot, if you wanted to.
Calexium is inert, meaning that nothing from the cookware will seep into your food. Also, acid foods like tomatoes will not react with it, so you will not experience stains. And because the material is completely non-porous it will never harbor food odors, nor will there be any bacteria growing on it.
Additional benefits are that it is lightweight, long-lasting, durable, and easy to clean. It presents well when you set an amber glass pot of soup on the table. And it retains heat well, so your pot of stew will remain hot all through dinner.
Types of Cookware
Many items have been manufactured over the years. Visions is still being made, but the selection is now pots, pans, and lids…. no waffle-bottom skillets.
These are the ones I own and use often. All of these have the matching lids.
- 5 L Dutch oven
- 5 L rectangular roaster
- 10″ chicken fryer waffle bottom skillet
- 10″ waffle bottom skillet
- 7″ waffle bottom skillet with lid
- 2.5 L sauce pan
- 2.5 L round casserole dish
- 1.5 L sauce pan (7″ lid)
- 1.5 L double boiler insert, a versatile pot (7″ lid)
- 1 L sauce pan with pouring spout
- 0.5 L sauce pan
There is always a large selection online. I buy the cleanest items with no chips or scratches even though they might be a little more expensive. I like to buy sets of pots or pans with lids. And…. no non-stick Silverstone surfaces. And so far, I have not had to purchase the cranberry color Visions.
Uses and Techniques
There are several tricks to successfully using Visions Amber Glass Cookware. Foods do stick, especially fried foods and when you reconstitute dried beans. I use my cast-iron skillet for frying bacon and eggs, pork chops, steak, burgers, pancakes, etc. And for fish, I use a clad-steel skillet. So it is necessary to use different techniques with Visions on a restricted range of foods.
They are best for water-based cooking. They are great for steaming vegetables and making noodles, rice, beans, sauces, soups, stews, gravies, glazes, casseroles, and baking.
It is best to use Low to Medium heat. It is easy to enjoy more controlled cooking… it is slower and more deliberate. It is also easier to monitor because it is see-through glass, so boil-overs are minimized.
At lower temperatures and covered with the lids, vegetables steam rather than saute. This technique retains flavor in the moisture, allows flavors to marry at a deeper connection, and retains healthy nutrients. There is an increased intensity of flavor by using heirloom tomatoes, organic onions and garlic, peppers, celery, etc., that is so enjoyable. Stirring is required more often to enjoy the non-stick aspect.
The ‘chicken fryer’ skillet is great for making a ragu for lasagna or spaghetti sauce. The 2.5 L casserole dish is perfect for meatloaf and taglines. The roaster is great for roasting whole chicken or duck, ham or racks of BBQ ribs. The 7″ waffle bottom skillet and the 1/2 L sauce pan are excellent for heating individual portions of left-overs – just bring foods up to room temperature and then heat until the food is heated through… go slowly on low or simmer for lasagna.
Cleaning is easy. Just let the pan cool in the sink with cold tap water in it. Then swish it out with a plastic scrub pad and a sponge. I find this necessary as the automatic dishwasher, even with the best detergent and at the ‘heavy soil’ setting, does not clean them entirely. Food particles will often stay stuck to them.
The extra time and care required in cooking and cleaning this cookware is worth it. I find that cooking slower improves my sense of what cooking is. More zen. I’m closer to the food every step of the way… deliberately creating different effects for taste and texture. When used to their strengths, Visions Amber Cookware provide a peace of mind from knowing that there are so many health benefits.
Downsides: Slower cooking times, extra care, will explode if you leave it on a hot burner, believe me, I know from experience. Will break on impact. Never has one broken from dropping it on the floor, which I have also done numerous times. In 2013, Canadian man was awarded $1.15 million in a lawsuit after crippling his right hand from an exploding pot.
Get ’em online. There is a wider selection at better price points from buying them used than new. They are for sale used various places online and at outlet stores run by Corelle LLC.
If you decide to buy some, feel free to stop back by and ask me any questions about how to buy them, or for food preparation and care. There are so many health benefits that it is worth using these Visions Amber Cookware whenever possible.
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Pirate Mike – Foodie Pirate
Cooking for Pirates, where every meal is a party for a Pirate.