Ever put a dish in the microwave and need hot pads to remove it because the container was so hot? You won’t have that issue with Sunset Hill Stoneware mugs. Our pottery artisans apply mug handles that won’t heat up as quickly as the mug.
It’s one of the attributes of our stoneware that we don’t talk about much, but rings a bell with consumers. In 2011, Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) conducted a survey with 2,000 consumers to find out how often they used their microwave and what they thought "microwave safe" means. Here’s how they responded:
- 49% said "microwave safe" means that a product will not break, crack, shatter, or become damaged in some way when it's heated in the microwave oven.
- 36% think that "microwave safe" means that a product is safe for use in the microwave but can't say what that specifically means.
- 32% think "microwave safe" means a product won't leach harmful or toxic chemicals or substances into food.
- Only 15% of you consider "microwave safe" to mean that a product won't get hot when heated in the microwave. "That you won't burn your hand getting it out!"
When you purchase a Sunset Hill Stoneware mug, you can be sure it is safe. Our mugs have been kiln-fired to 2200° Fahrenheit (yes, the same temp as volcanic lava); they will not break, crack or shatter in your microwave which typically heats less than 212°F. Our pieces have been independently tested to meet FDA and California Proposition 65 compliancy standards. We have done our homework so when you heat your morning coffee or tea for a few minutes in the microwave, you can easily grab the handle to remove it.
Percy LeBaron Spencer is credited with inventing the microwave oven back in 1945. Named the Radarange, it was large – 6’ tall and 750 pounds and expensive – about $5,000. In the late 60’s, countertop microwave models for the home became affordable and gained popularity. Americans continue to like their microwaves – it is projected manufacturers will sell almost 12 million units this year and next.
Now if every microwave sold came with a set of Sunset Hill Stoneware mugs; that would be hot!
Keeping watch. Pat