It's been a preferred piece of cookware for generations in kitchens around the world. Pyrex is a simple and presentable cooking piece for baking, microwaving and roasting to create simple or elaborate dishes. It's a strong, well-built cooking product that can stand up to a lot of heat.
For all its benefits, Pyrex does have its limits. Know what you are dealing with in temperature and product to be sure you don't end up with a glass eruption before the timer has ended on your otherwise perfectly created meal.
The Benefits of Cooking with Pyrex
Whether old or new, Pyrex is a good piece of cookware to have on hand. It is made from a special glass composition that allows it to handle high temperatures. But for all of its benefits and durable qualities, not all Pyrex is comfortable working with the affordable and convenient hot plate.
Traditionally, it's made to look good going in and coming out of the oven. Pyrex glass baking cookware collections were built to be used in the oven and microwave without compromising the structure of the item.
Pyrex cookware has a very high resistance to corrosive materials or foods. It works well with high acid foods, such as fruit salads, as well as dishes that require high heat, such as casseroles or braised meat entrees.
Pyrex on a Hot Plate
Cooking with Pyrex over a hot plate isn't always a good idea. It can shatter or simply crack just as the one-serving cake begins to cool. Not all Pyrex, or glassware, are made the same.
A hot plate surface can be very hot for glass. A stove top can bring the right type of Pyrex or glass pot up to a good temperature without cracking or damaging the cookware.
The portable stove is convenient but not always reliable. In general, placing glass on a hot plate can be a bad idea. If you aren't sure about the production of the glassware you are using to cook with on a hot plate, then you shouldn't use it on the high heat cook top surface.
Pyrex Types for Cooking
Pyrex can handle heat. However, it needs to be brought up slowly. Putting cold glass on a hot plate surface will cause it to shatter, whether or not it is the durable Pyrex or another type of glassware intended for the oven or stovetop.
There are two lines of Pyrex cookware that are good for cooking on a hot plate. The individual cooking pots and pans are stainless steel and heavy duty non-stick with the Pyrex label.
Any glass Pyrex dish should be handled with care and not put over direct heat from a cold position on the counter or the refrigerator.
Putting Pyrex in the Oven
It is touted as an ideal piece of cookware that can be transferred safely from the cold depths of a refrigerator to the hot environment of a perfectly heated oven. Create an enticing dish in the Pyrex baking pan and let it chill overnight before popping the Pyrex in an oven for a perfect morning meal.
But remember: the right Pyrex dish can chip or crack if it is moved directly from a cold cavity and placed directly into a hot oven.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.