I use Corelle’s 6- and 12-ounce “little white bowls” many times a day as sort of all-purpose little bowls. You’ve probably seen them in fair number of photos here on The Boat Galley (yes, I really own and use most of the products I talk about — and if I don’t, I say so).
These are not the bowls that are sold in sets with the plates, but individually. The 12-ounce bowl (1-1/2 cups, filled right to the brim) is often called a “berry bowl” or “soup/dessert bowl” while the 6-ounce bowl (3/4 cup, again filled to the brim) is usually referred to as a “ramekin.” I’ve only ever seen them in white in local stores, but I see a few patterns online.
You can buy them online, but the prices seem high compared to my local Walmart, where they’re typically under $5 each (sometimes they’ll have a “price rollback” to about $3).
Okay, but why do I like them so much?
- The sizes are handy.
- They are easy to hold.
- They look nice with almost any other dishes, place mats or tablecloths you’re using.
- Highly break-resistant (I’ve broken one in 20+ years, and it shattered on a ceramic tile floor).
- They fit inside my other bowls with room to spare, so I can put an ice pack around it to keep food cold (see photo at right).
- Microwave and oven safe.
The list of things that I use them for is practically endless:
- Serving dishes for snacks
- Cereal bowls
- Sauce dish (shrimp cocktail sauce, etc.)
- Small “mixing dish” for salad dressings, gravy thickening and so on
- Yogurt or fruit bowl — or better yet, yogurt with fruit
- Small soup bowls
- Small baking dish — such as for my artichoke dip, shown.
- I also use them for serving all the “fixings” for tacos, hamburgers and things like that.
The only drawback to them is that they’re not non-slip — you’ll have to either use a non-slip placemat, or use a bit of contact cement or silicone to make the bottom non-skid.
I have two of the smaller size and three of the larger — and occasionally wish I had more!