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Old 01-10-2016, 09:15 PM   #29
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Another vote for Corelle.


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Old 01-10-2016, 10:16 PM   #30
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Corelle. Although, I can state that a Corelle coffee mug, when dropped against the curb around the dump station inlet, will shatter. Badly.

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Old 01-11-2016, 04:16 AM   #31
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We use Corelle and the Airstream plastic insulated glasses for the table, but have a lot of glass mixing bowls and other glass and have never had any breakage. I am surprised.
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:54 AM   #32
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kacnps, let us know what you choose. There are a lot of good ideas on this thread.

One more advantage of Corelle: it's very thin and doesn't take up much room in the stack. Again, l like the square dishes because they fit well in the cabinet.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:30 AM   #33
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I have to admit, tho I like my Corelle, it only comes out for company or when I am eating something that must be cut.

I keep a couple of beautiful, Chatham Pottery chowder bowls for soups and other spoon meals....worth the space they take up, and the weight.

I detest styrofoam, but do love my paper plates and the inexpensive, sturdy, French fry boats you can buy by the several hundred in restaurant supply stores, Sam's, etc.

They come in a couple of sizes, and are perfect for many things.

Cuts down on dishes, use of water, etc.

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Old 01-12-2016, 08:13 AM   #34
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Yes, the use of paper plates may save YOU water but in the long run the using disposable paper products uses more water due to the tremendous amount of water in the manufacturing process. Just a thought.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:04 PM   #35
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When I'm in a camp ground with full hookups I am not concerned about water and use real dishes. When off the grid the 30 gallons in my tank become PRECIOUS and far more important than whatever water was used to make paper 1000 miles away.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:05 PM   #36
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Heller dinnerware. Modern classic.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:33 AM   #37
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Maggie, if you could only choose 1, would it be paper plates or the french fry boats and why? They sound very handy.

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Old 01-17-2016, 06:40 AM   #38
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We are currently using some Le Creuset stoneware. I personally detest plastic (as much as it makes sense, I simply hate the stuff). As far as water use, we are pretty good at wiping with a paper towel before using just a little water for cleaning. Years of sailing have taught us how to conserve...
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:42 AM   #39
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Best Dish and Glassware?

We tried using paper plates for a while but found they had the tendency to blow away when dining outside, sometimes with our food still on it. We bought Corelle (which we are fans of anyway) to use 90% of the time after that. They stack and pack well, are microwaveable and come in enough patterns that you can easily match your decor. We keep paper plates on hand and happily use them the rest of the time and they work fine.
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We love to eat and drink well when on the road and would prefer to have nice plates and glassware, but also concerned about breakage and storage. Any suggestions?
Hello kacnps

Like many posters upthread, we use Corelle. I've never had a piece break in transit but have had them break when someone drops one on a hard, unyielding surface. It's a mess to clean up but not the end of the world.

I cut down a corrugated cardboard box to be the right size and cut corrugated dividers to fit it, and use that in one of the drawers below the dinette for storage of glassware. Each glass gets its individual compartment that way. Never had anything break, not even wine glasses.

In my other smaller camper we use melamine plates and bowls and plastic barware. With less room and the fact that we take it on rougher roads, it's a better tradeoff there. The main disadvantage of melamine is that it isn't microwave safe, but we don't have a microwave in that camper so it works out fine. Over a period of many dozens of meals the melamine will start showing some wear and have to be replaced while the Corelle will last more or less forever.

The "Corelle" coffee cups are ordinary porcelain. We've had pretty good luck with them though. In the smaller camper we use a mishmash of garage sale ceramic coffee cups. Each hangs from a hook with a keeper and so they'll swing around on the road but can't hit each other.

I've recently discovered that I really like the double-wall stainless steel coffee cups that REI sells, no handle, nice minimalist design, right size. Much more pleasant to drink from than a single wall cup especially an aluminum one. They do not nest well however. Nonetheless, I may incorporate those at some point.

We have also experimented with speckled enameled tin "graniteware" plates and cups. They travel well but the metal conducts heat better than we would like, and they are evocative of an early 1920s era that isn't our chosen decor.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:00 AM   #41
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Maggie, if you could only choose 1, would it be paper plates or the french fry boats and why? They sound very handy.
Probably the French fry boats....which you can get in different sizes at a restaurant supply store, don't know about Sam's, etc.

I keep the paper plates, but reach for the ff boats more often. That they have sides is a real advantage, for veggies with a little hummus, etc., or even a main dish that isn't too wet, like scrambled eggs, something with rice, etc.

My go-to dishware are the Chatham chowder bowls.....they are beautiful, sturdy and haven't chipped or cracked yet.

We bought them at least 10 years ago, "for the new motor home", when we had not yet even heard of an Airstream Interstate.

Always a lot of one dish meals when traveling, and bowls are perfect for eating without a table...which is life in the Interstate most of the time. There is a pedestal table, but we took it out after the first trip and never used it again.

I detest plastic dinnerware, too, and also styrofoam.

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