Corelle dishes are designed to be durable, low-maintenance and convenient for serving and reheating foods. Made of a special triple-layered glass, Corelle dishes resist breaks, cracks and chips better than ceramic dishes. Like ceramic dishes, they also resist moderate amounts of heat and can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. The company's other products, such as Corelle cookware, are also designed for easy care.
Cleaning Corelle Dishes
Cleaning Corelle dishes is much like cleaning any other dinnerware. Simply wash the dishes in the dishwasher or by hand in the sink. To make washing Corelle easier, scrape food scraps and residues into the trash after using the plates. Rinse the plates off in the sink; this way, you won't have to deal with caked-on food when it's time to wash the dishes.
Corelle recommends washing its Vitrelle glass dishes by hand in warm, soapy water. These dishes and many other Corelle products are safe to run through the dishwasher as well. If unsure if your Corelle product is dishwasher-safe, either look up the product name online or flip the item over, looking for writing that notes the kitchenware may be washed in a dishwasher.
Automatic dishwashers may cause premature wear to dishes due to the chemicals in dishwasher detergents and the high water temperature created in a dishwasher. If the Corelle item has any parts that shouldn't be submerged in water, as is the case with some of the company's kitchen scales or timers, don't wash it in the dishwasher or soak it in the sink. Instead, wipe the affected areas down with a damp dishcloth.
Removing Gray Lines and Marks
Metal cutlery sometimes leaves gray marks behind on white or light-colored dishes, including many types of Corelle patterns. Though these marks don't always disappear after washing the plates in a dishwasher, they're not permanent. Sprinkle a little powdered kitchen cleanser onto a damp sponge, then scrub the marks with the sponge. The abrasive cleaning power of the cleanser is powerful enough to rub away these marks without harming the Corelle.
Caring for Cookware
Corelle cookware, such as the Visions product line, is also made of a special type of glass. While these items are designed for use in the microwave, oven or freezer, they're not meant to go quickly from one temperature extreme to another. In other words, these items can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, but only once the items reach room temperature.
This is the key to prolonging the life of any type of glass cookware. Don't place a hot glass pot or pan into water. Likewise, don't pour water directly into a hot Corelle pot or the glass may shatter. If food residue doesn't come off the cookware easily with soap and water, scrub it with a nonabrasive kitchen cleanser and nylon scrub pad.
Glass Corelle cookware that isn't completely clean may result in excessive stuck-on foods when using the cookware for baking. Condition new cookware with a little shortening or cooking oil, as recommended in the product care pamphlet. This helps prevent foods from sticking to the item.
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