When we think of glassware to be used in the kitchen, what comes to mind is a serving ware or a fancy container. What does not come to mind for most of us is that it could be a glass cookware where actual cooking over a cook top may be done. We view glass to be very fragile and this is the reason why we never consider them as a cooking ware. Well, be in for a surprise as glass stovetop cookware is now available and it could be subjected to high heat! We can thank Pyroceram for glass cookware sets which were the offset of what they originally developed to cover the nose of a rocket as it can tolerate extreme temperatures.
One would wonder, why even use a glass cookware set? Are there any benefits over the more regular cookware, like stainless steel cookware, cast iron cookware or ceramic cookware? One main advantage of a glass cookware for stovetop is that it is aesthetically pleasant so you have the versatility to use it for your actual cooking and use it afterwards to serve what you just cooked on the table without the need to transfer the dish to another serving ware. This makes it more convenient and there is less kitchen ware to wash. But wait; there are more to its versatility! When you have leftovers in your glass cookware, you also need not transfer it to another container to store the leftover dish in your refrigerator. Pyrex glass cookware does not only tolerate high heat; it could also handle low to freezing temperatures. When you need to reheat your dish, you just need to thaw it, if frozen then you may put it in the microwave.
Another advantage of using glass cookware is its health benefits. The possibility of contaminating the dish with metal when using metal cookware is eliminated. Glass is also not permeable so it is safe on acidic ingredients like tomatoes.
Of course there is no perfect cookware, most especially when misused. Even the best cookware, if not used properly, will be damaged or create damage. There have been reported cases of glass cookware breaking and worse, blowing up because of wrong use. It seems basic that extremely hot glass, one just coming off from the stove top, should not be placed in a cold table top and vice versa, a freezing glass should not be placed in a very hot surface like heated stove top or microwave. Just to be sure, manufacturers now provide safety guides or “how to use” guides on each cookware. If used properly, cookware made of glass is safe and very efficient.
Some of the safety precautions when using glass cooking ware are as follows:
- When preparing to cook a dish out of meats, it is necessary to put liquid on the lowest part of the cookware.
- A glass cookware is safe to use in an oven, provided that it has been preheated.
- Do not place a hot dish on a cold countertop as it may break. To transfer the hot dish to the counter, place a cloth mat on the counter before putting down the hot dish.
- Pyrex cookware and the like cannot be used on top of open flamed burners.
Now that you are guided on the proper usage of glass cooking ware, you may want to know more on how to clean it.
On regular use, without burn marks, you may just use a simple sponge and dishwashing liquid to clean it off. Do not use a scouring pad or any abrasive cleaning material to avoid scratching the glass. Once you have burnt marks on the glass cooking ware, cleaning it may require more than just soaping it. You may soak it for a while with warm water and dishwashing liquid to allow the burnt areas to. If it still does not come off, put some baking soda on the burnt area and wipe it off with a cloth until it is removed. You may also use a glass cleaner, usually with ammonia, if the baking soda doesn’t do the trick. Just don’t forget to wash it off again with dishwashing soap after to remove any residue.