Q: I have a Corningware microwave browning dish I used many years ago in my microwave. Would it be wise to use this pan in a conventional oven and on my stove top?
— Ida VanGilder, Stow
A: No. The browning dish was intended for use only in a microwave oven, according to the instructions that came with the product.
Corningware’s microwave browning dishes had a special coating on the bottom that was designed to absorb microwave energy. The user preheated the dish in the microwave, and the heated bottom would then sear or brown foods that were added to the dish immediately.
The instructions specified that the browners were not to be used on stove tops or in conventional ovens.
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