I can still picture the square white baking dish my mom would use to serve most of our weeknight meals. Depending on where it sat on the trivet, I could sometimes see the little blue cornflowers on the front. The clear glass lid would be blurred with steam, but I always knew something fantastic was inside—fried pork chops, creamy mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, or Chilean chicken in wine. Nothing tastes as good as your mama’s home cooking, especially when served in that classic dish you can never forget.
Bringing Back a Favorite
I am beyond excited that CorningWare re-released their classic mid-century cornflower design on a new collection of stoneware. I made sure to pick up the three-piece mixing bowl set for a dear friend (and, ahem, one for myself!). This affordable trio features a 1-qt., 1.5-qt. and 2.75-qt. bowl for all of your mixing, baking and serving—and they can go straight to the dishwasher when you’re all done. (The 9-inch pie plate that makes me think of my Mississippi upbringing is also on my wish list.)
CorningWare’s re-release goes beyond these mixing bowls to include modern-sized mugs, baking dishes, measuring bowls, and a ramekin set, making your gift shopping easy and affordable. (On eBay or Etsy, you can find the original larger serving pieces from the 1970s listed for $100—or more.)
Unlike most plastic bowls, the ones in the new high-quality stoneware collection also resist stains and don’t absorb food odors or flavors (not to mention any potential hazards that can be in older plastic). Here are some other ideas for your plastic containers.
Now it’s your turn! Check those cabinets and see what your collection is missing. Then, make sure to stock up on the limited-release vintage pattern. You’ll be glad you did.
Charming Kitchen ArtVintage Pyrex collectors know that the saying in this print ($10) is true: Home is where the Pyrex is. Maybe it's the vintage charm or the cozy memories we associate with these dishes, but a retro Pyrex dish on display or in use serving up our favorite vintage recipes just makes us feel at home. Get this print in several sizes (and Pyrex patterns) here.
Mod Kitchen Tote BagWhether you take it on a Pyrex hunt or just to the store for groceries, this tote ($20) is a cute way to give a nod to your love for all things vintage. And if you find a new Pyrex piece, be sure you're taking care of it—follow our tips. Find it here.
Pyrex Stacking Bowls NecklaceWhether you love Pyrex or just quirky vintage finds, this necklace ($30) makes a great addition to your jewelry box. Think how fun it would be to don this at your next potluck or party with your baking besties. Get it on Etsy.
Butterprint T-shirtButterprint is arguably one of the most popular Pyrex patterns for collectors. It's one of the originals after all! Show off your love for the classic on a super soft casual tee ($38). Get this shirt here—or have the design printed on a long-sleeve tee, sweatshirt and more.
Pyrex Print Tea TowelsTea towels are the perfect hostess gift. Combine them with a pretty stack of Pyrex ($10) and you've got a great little gift for a vintage-loving friend. Seriously, who doesn't love something that's cute and functional? Find them in a few colors on Etsy.
Pyrex-Inspired ClockIs it time for another Pyrex hunting trip? This clock ($31) will always tell you yes. And when you're not out scouring thrift shops, antique malls and yard sales for unusual finds, this clock will look pretty in any vintage kitchen. Find it here.
Vintage Pyrex PinWant to show off your love of vintage Pyrex in a subtle way? This sweet enamel pin ($10) is just the thing to pop on your jacket's lapel. Plus a funky little bauble like this is sure to have other collectors asking where'd you get that? Get it on Etsy.
Pyrex-Inspired Hoop ArtSerious collectors are known to fill every nook and cranny of their homes with pretty Pyrex patterns. If you've got an inch to spare, though, this tiny hoop ($14) is just the thing to fill it with. This stack of Cinderella bowls is too precious. Personalize it and it makes a perfect gift. Heck, it would make a great Christmas ornament, too! Save that idea for your next Secret Santa along with these treats. Personalize this gift here.
Pyrex Charm BraceletTake your favorite patterns with you with this eclectic charm bracelet ($55). You'll find older patterns, like Gooseberry and Butterprint, alongside some of the more '70s and '80s retro designs. Butterfly and Spring Blossoms deserve some love, too! While you're at it, think about mixing up some of these '70s recipes—they deserve a comeback! Find this bracelet (and many variations with your favorite prints) on Etsy.
Patterned Recipe CardsPair some of Pyrex's classic patterns with old-school recipe cards ($6) for a darling just-for-fun gift suitable for anyone from die-hard to casual collectors. If you want to be crowned friend of the year, tuck a package of these into a just-thrifted Pyrex dish. Buy a pack of 12 here.
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