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.
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.
You can buy the 12-ounce bowls in 4-packs for a comptitive price on Amazon. I’ve only ever found the 6-ounce ones in big-box stores such as Walmart, Target and Kmart.
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, but it did shatter (I was shore at the time and it was 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!