Don’t you usually put glass in your oven? You probably already know the answer to it. But I’ll say it’s a yes and no answer. You want to know why? Keep reading.
I know the kitchen utensils feature the use of different materials. You can have clay, ceramic, granite Teflon, glass, aluminum, steel. I mean, the list is endless. For that reason, it’s hard to know which material you can use when cooking. But can you use the glass in the oven?
Why do people ask this?
It’s because you find different types of dishes these days and they are mostly made using glass. You can have the casserole, glass pans, bakeware, and more. The rule of the thumb, though, is that it will crack when you subject glass to high temperatures. This makes us ask this title question today.
But why do the glass shatter
The use of Pyrex plate in the 1900s saw the rise or the beginning of glass bakeware use. At the time, this got so popular that the market began to make the glass you could use in the fridge for storage and the ones you can bake in.
Soon they started to make the glass using the soda-lime as opposed to borosilicate. At the time, the aim was to make sure if it breaks because it still does sometimes, then it breaks in larger pieces, not tiny pieces. Generally, the pieces are dangerous but not as much as when they break into large pieces.
Of course, this meant that it was safer bakeware than the ones used previously. To date, the aim is to make sure you have the safest glass bakeware too.
What should I do to make sure the glass doesn‘t shatter?
The first thing to do when you have just bought your bakeware is to make sure you read the instruction on how to care for it. I know most of us already discard the care instructions before we can even use them.
Check the temperature
Just avoid the drastic change of temperature. It would help if you didn’t take the glass from the freezer and into the oven to cause the drastic temperature change and therefore shuttering. It works almost the same way as your clay pots. You don’t want to set it in drastic temperature changes.
Don’t forget this then when you’re removing the glass bakeware from the oven. You can’t get it out of the hot oven and set it in the cold fridge as that will cause breakage.
When it‘s too hot, you don‘t want to add more liquid to it.
This is hard to understand, though when you are cooking dry food like cakes, you can add some liquid at the bottom of the glass to prevent burning. When you then add some water to the dry food, it will release the water to the bottom of the glass. This is what will then prevent the burning but also shuttering.
Still, if you’re using cool water, you don’t want it to contact the hot glass surface. But if you add it to the food, it will have heated a little by the time it reaches the bottom. This means then that it won’t cause the shuttering.
Of course, the main question to ask is usually what temperature is ideal. Well, whether the glass is tempered or not, you want to maintain a high of between 350-500°F. Anything above that temperature is too high; then you need it to be. Always make sure you maintain the temperature below the stipulated one here.
Always use glass-tempered type.
Of course, from the very start, we showed you some of the best glass to use. If you are going to set it in the oven, you should choose the glass-tempered ones. Such will stand higher temperatures without really shattering.
Also, if you’ll use the regular water glass in the oven, then obviously it breaks because it’s not made for high heat. Such types aren’t even made to stand very high temperatures. If you’re going to use it in the oven, make sure they listed them as oven safe.
Before you then use the glass lid in the oven, you will have to confirm that it’s safe to use consistently.
So can the glass go to the oven?
Simply put, it’s a yes and no answer because it depends on the kind of glass you are using. The main reason I say this is that it depends on the type of glass you are using. Some of them are oven safe, and as such, you can use them in the microwave, toaster oven, and more. Others, though, can’t stand high heat, and you shouldn’t set them in the oven.
So then that means that you have to read the features. Such will then show you that this is a glass-tempered choice and, as such, it’s oven safe. For your safety, never set the other glasses in the oven, for example, the water glass. This is because such glasses then will shatter.
First things first, make sure you don’t subject any glass to very high and drastic temperatures, leading to shattering.
Can I use the Pyrex in the oven?
You might have already seen such glass options just because they have been in existence for a long time. My mom tells me she was using them even back in the early 90s. But then it was much better as such glass was never affected by the drastic temperature change.
You could comfortably take it from the fridge and sometimes even the freezer to the oven without worrying about its damage.
I wonder why today you can’t subject glass to thermal shock. In most cases, that means you are breaking the glass already.
In the past, the Pyrex founder made them using borosilicate, and that’s what meant it could stand different temperature changes. But this was only available up to 1998. You could make your mac n cheese, then comfortably set it in the fridge and reheat it drastically when you needed to.
You can use it in the oven; only you will not have it survive if you are using it in extreme temperatures. Just make sure if you bought your glass after 1998 that you factor in thermal shock issues.
So here’s the thing, too if you subject it to uneven heating when you’re taking it in the oven, then you will have it shattering. It would help if you also let it come to contact with extreme temperature tools.
When you have the temperature at about 350°F, should you use the glass?
Of course, this is a genuine question, but we had answered it in bits above already. Both the Pyrex and other glass tempered baking tools will stand a high temperature of 350°F. The main reason why people like it then is that it will take a long to attain the high temperature.
When it finally does, then it retains it at the same temperature over a prolonged time. So when you want clean food that will cook perfectly, use the glass.
At what temperature will my glass break eventually in the oven?
I know everyone likes to know to what temperature the glass is safe in the oven. Notice that the glass will remain safe up to 500°F. But if you take it to over 1000°C, then you are sure it must shutter.
It would help if you didn’t take it to such a high temperature. Again even if you were to take it to a low temperature of 200°F, but you took it from the freezer, you risk causing it to shatter. Of course, the question is to make sure it’s safe.
I have a glass lid. Is it okay to set them in the oven?
Of course, the bakers know you may need to cover the container. If you’re going to have the oven maintain a temperature of 425°F. So yes, you can use the glass lid in the oven.
Which one is better to use, the glass or the metal cookware?
It will mostly depend on what you are cooking. When you’re cooking those foods requiring a very high temperature, you will need to have the metal just because there are certain temperatures that you should never subject your cookware to.
They are both great, but the easiest to use is just when you’re using the metal, as that means it remains safe at all times. You don’t have to be extremely cautious using metal as you do when you’re using the glass.
Why do people like the glass cookware to bake?
I know for some glass is the only type they like to have in their house. And the following reasons then are the main reasons why anyone will like to have them.
They don’t contain toxins.
As long as you don’t allow it to shatter, the glass will be safe to use for you. You know, naturally, the glass will act as a nonstick option. This is another one of the best features. However, the different nonstick surfaces we have out here will release toxins, which isn’t good for you.
They are the most popular because most people are trying to avoid any more toxins in their system. For this reason, glass is the best choice to use.
It will retain heat a lot longer.
Of course, you aren’t supposed to subject it to a very high temperature, but then the fact that it retains the heat makes it cook right. This is also what will make it work best when you use it for cooking and serving food.
This is great to clean.
Some of the others will have the food stuck, making it hard to clean but not the glassware. Remember, the glass is non-porous, and as such, it will still maintain the perfect temperature to ensure it cooks right.
As you can see, this one you will comfortably use to reheat the food. However, if you need to store it in the freezer or the fridge, you still can. Note that you even use it for cooking in the oven. The material is a great choice to use, mainly because it remains a safe choice to use.
But how will I know whether my glass is oven-safe?
The first thing to consider is that you need to read the label before you get your porch out for the dollars. Just take the time to check the labels and know that they will tell you if it’s oven safe. Expect to see the following labels.
Oven safe: this is the perfect indication of what you are looking for. Also, check the recommended temperature. In most cases, it will be anything from 350 – 500°F. But that’s not where it ends to make sure you confirm the safety restriction.
Microwave safe: here, it’s letting you know that the glass will survive the microwave. Such again are often glass tempered and thus just safe to use.
Toaster oven-safe: again, as above, that is the perfect indication that the glass is safe to use in the toaster oven.
Bottom line, read the guide on using it or every other nitty-gritty detail that you didn’t take seriously. Don’t assume that because the glass is microwave safe, then it’s oven-safe or toaster oven-safe. This is not accurate. You must confirm that they are safe to use in either of the options we have shown you here.
Regardless again, you have to maintain the safety precaution to ensure your glass is safe to use in the oven for a longer time. If you don’t handle it with care, then you will soon break it.
Before you even use the glass in the oven, then you must confirm that it’s safe. In your mind, you should know that it doesn’t have any form of crack because if it has cracks, then it will cause damages.
Should I preheat the oven before I place the glass with the food?
Oh yes, you should. The moment you switch your oven on, then it will go to a rapid high temperature too. This could cause shuttering. Consider letting it preheat before you can set it in. Also, once you finish cooking, don’t just put the glass in the cold water to damage it. Let it cool down naturally.
If it does shatter, though, you have to make sure you are safe. So, let the oven cool off, and then you can carefully clean it but don’t eat the food.