FAQ: Is VISIONS The Same As Pyrex?
It is NOT! Pyrex is made of only ordinary baking glass (typically either borosilicate or soda lime glass) and highly susceptible to “thermal shock” when exposed to sudden temperature changes.
On the other hand, VISIONS is made of transparent Pyroceram. It is a glass-ceramic that will withstand temperature extremes beyond those normally seen in a typical kitchen environment. This allows VISIONS to quickly go from cold to hot and vice versa (such as freezer to oven or stovetop to sink) without breaking.
It’s important not to confuse Pyrex for VISIONS. Pyrex may suddenly shatter in scenarios that VISIONS can handle without worry. NOTE: Many glass intended lids for VISIONS are made of Pyrex, since it’s inexpensive and easy to mold. Treat lids with care when hot.
You can read more about the exceptional qualities of VISIONS cookware on the Information page.
Le CLAIR Casseroles and VISIONS Deco Saucepans Added To Identification Guide
The VISIONS Identification Guide has been updated to include:
-1981 “Le CLAIR” test-market casseroles w/cooking lids. These casseroles are notable for having flat lids made of Pyroceram, just like the cooking vessels themselves. The covers can be flipped over and used as skillets, baking pans, and serving trays.
-1988 “VISIONS Deco” saucepans. Featuring painted decorations on the exterior sides of the cookware, similar to Corning Ware, these saucepans seem to be quite rare.
There’s a distinct lack of information available for both of these Corning product lines. If you own pieces, or have documentation, related to these products I would love to see it.
On Facebook? Join The VISIONS Cookware Group!
If you have a question about VISIONS cookware that doesn’t seem to be addressed on-site, you might consider joining the VISIONS cookware group on Facebook. There are several hundred members of the group that may have just the right answer for you whether you are concerned about identification, usage, care, safety, or something else.
Perhaps, you have a great tip for other VISIONS users you’d like to share, as well!
FAQ: Is Vintage VISIONS Cookware Made With Lead?
NO! The glass-ceramic material used to create VISIONS does not include lead or similar harmful metals, as a primary constituent. Visions cookware will also test negative for cadmium, mercury, arsenic, etc. The FDA began enforcing limits on leachable lead in 1971. This is over a decade before VISIONS was officially released in the USA. Additionally, the California law known as Proposition 65, dedicated to eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products, was passed in 1986. VISIONS has been produced under strict guidelines since introduction. …and VISIONS is non-reactive to typical acids and detergents, unlike most ordinary cookware.
It’s a healthy, non-toxic, and very safe choice. You can read more about the exceptional qualities of VISIONS cookware on the Information page.
VISIONS Sighting In Netflix TV Series “Ozark”
A set of VISIONS makes an appearance in the new season of the Netflix TV series “Ozark”, with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Specifically, it is visible in “Game Day” – Season 2, Episode 5.
Laura Linney’s character is adding pasta to a 2.5 liter cook pot and a 1.5 liter saucepan seems to be holding sauce nearby. They look to be fairly new examples. These pieces are available in a boxed set currently sold by Corelle Brands.
Wendy Byrde must spend her cartel money at the CorningWare outlet… 😉
Sculptured VISIONS, And More, Added To The Identification Guide
The initial version of the Sculptured VISIONS line has been added to the Identification Guide. Though available in select overseas regions in late 1988, it didn’t reach the United States until 1989 where it was targeted toward higher end department stores and speciality shops.
“V” Is For Versatile…
Visions cookware can be used on the rangetop (gas and electric), in the oven (conventional, convection, and microwave), and under a broiler. It can even be used on a grill or over a campfire! Since Visions is highly resistant to thermal shock it can easily go from freezer to stove to table, then into the sink to soak without worry.
Visions performs differently than conventional cookware and it may be necessary to make some adjustments in the way you are used to cooking. Since all Visions cookware is made from the same material this allows for incredibly flexible usage. Pieces intended for rangetop, such as saucepans and skillets, can also be used in the oven. Likewise, casseroles and pots marketed for the oven are still stovetop safe. All Visions can be used in the microwave. This advantage means that Visions is great at “combination cooking” – start meals on the rangetop or in the microwave and move them to the oven or broiler to finish cooking or browning. One piece does the work of many!
I’ve created a section of the site dedicated to usage tips and I hope it makes your time spent cooking with VISIONS even more enjoyable.
Vintage VISIONS Identification Guide
An early version of an online identification guide for Vintage VISIONS has been added to the site.
At the moment, it only includes 1980’s-era Amber Visions saucepans, cook pots, and skillets. These are among the most long running and common product lines, and the ones most often seen out in the wild today.
However, this only begins to scratch the surface of what is available. I will be continually adding information to this guide over the coming days and weeks including info on other popular lines such as “Cranberry VISIONS” and “Versa-Pots” but also more interesting, obscure releases such as “Sculptured” and “White VISION”.
Did You Know VISIONS Is Dishwasher Safe?
Yes, it’s true! VISIONS is highly resistant to the detrimental effects of detergents and other chemicals. The haze and etching so common with ordinary glassware is not a concern with VISIONS.
Still, for best results, the use of a good quality detergent with glass protection (such as Finish Quantum Max) and a rinse agent is suggested. Cheap detergents and “detergent boosters” should be avoided. Pyrex glass covers and plastic lids should be washed on the top rack. If you have water that is extremely soft or chemically treated then use less detergent and keep an eye out for dulling finishes due to chemical/mineral deposits. Even if that occurs, it can easily be removed…
1980’s Corning Europe VISION Commercial: “Sauce Pan Sauce”
There were several variations of this impressive TV commercial over time, and anyone who saw one of them during the 1980’s tends to remember it. Here’s the original VISION ad from Corning Europe:
You can see additional TV spots, and print ads, in the site’s Media section….
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