I’ve recommended Corelle for boat dishes for a long time. And I still do. But . . .
In my original article about Corelle, I said:
Corelle is almost unbreakable. It calls itself break-resistant and in numerous years of using it in apartments, camping and on Que Tal, I’ve only had one plate break and that was when I dropped a heavy skillet on it. And it didn’t shatter — it just neatly broke in two.
Now, I have to update that. I just broke a second dish, and it shattered.
I was putting one of the small bowls onto the top shelf of a cupboard, and it slipped out on my hand and fell about six feet onto a tile floor. That was just too much for its “break resistant” rating: the result is shown in the photo.
So, considering that Corelle can shatter, why do I still recommend it?
Well, I’ve owned Corelle plates and dishes now for 29 years — in apartments, houses, camping and aboard Que Tal. And this is only the second dish that has broken, despite numerous drops and thousands of miles traveled, both on Que Tal and on camping trips. It’s gone through the eye of a hurricane and over a Baja “road” that broke the bottom out of a full 5-gallon water bottle without a problem. Not a bad record. And I love the fact that it’s oven and microwave safe — I use the soup bowls for baking small casseroles, quick breads and desserts that are just the right size for two people!
If you absolutely must have unbreakable dishes, melamine is probably the best choice for “real dishes.” But melamine can’t be used in an oven or microwave and the designs will begin to wear away in just a year or so with normal use. It can also be hard to find deep bowls that soup and cereals won’t slosh out of.