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A little bit about Pyrex
Pyrex is a brand name for glassware, introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915.
Originally, Pyrex was made from borosilicate glass. In the 1940s the composition was changed for some products to tempered soda-lime glass, which is the most common form of glass used in glass bakeware in the US and has higher mechanical strength so is less vulnerable to breakage when dropped (the leading cause of breakage in glass bakeware) In 1998, Corning divested its consumer products division which subsequently adopted the name World Kitchen.
Now on with my review
Well for some reason I have never been too keen on these metal roasting dishes so when I saw this one I had to buy it and see if I preferred it. I bought it for around £8, and as I usually only cook for 2 or 3 people it was maybe little on the big side, but that meant I had plenty of space to put my roast potatoes in.
What can it be used for
Well as the name of it suggests it is a roasting dish, which means it is used to roast your meat in, and I have never tried to use it for anything else, although you probably could do. I would say with the shape you would be able to use it for lasagne although this is not something I would try to make myself, my cooking skills do not stretch that far loll.
How to use best
I always wrap my meat in tinfoil for the first hour of cooking as I find that this makes sure the meat cooks in the middle first before burning on the outside, then i open the tin foil up but leave the meat resting on the tin foil, the reason I do this is for cleaning purposes. Also I find it easier to take the meat out by just lifting it off the tin foil, I have also tried to cook it without leaving the tin foil in and the roast potatoes just stuck to the bottom of the roasting dish, so I would recommend using tin foil as it does make it a lot easier.
Before I ever clean this obviously I let it cool down first then I rinse it in hot water, before I leave it to soak in hot soapy water for a while, it does not take that much cleaning when I do this, however the time I did not use tin foil it was awful to clean, I had potatoe all stuck to the bottom of the dish and burnt onto it so I had to do a lot of scrubbing. But normally now the way I do it is pretty simple and easy to clean.
I did prefer this to the metal roasting dish, although it is somewhat heavier so you have to be careful when lifting it in and out of the oven. It is very hard wearing and as yet I have had no problems with any type of cracks or breakages with it. There is no time limit on how long you can leave it in the oven for, it will never break in the oven, which I think is pretty amazing for a glass roasting dish. Should this ever break for any reason I will be going out to buy another one, as I would not be without it now.
Part of my new years resolution is to cook more dishes, and during December last year I had already mentally prepared for this so started scouting on amazon for a pyrex roaster. I spotted this 21cm by 21cm roaster which was a steal at the time as I paid only £5.99 for it.
It is made from Borosilicate Glass giving high thermal shock resistance. This means I can easily put my food in the oven and it will not shatter/break and is ideal for roasting all kinds of dishes. I personally use it for roasting lamb, chicken pieces or just yesterday I did a lovely salmon and this dish was ideal. Being that it is only 21cm by 21cm it is not big enough for roasting something large like a whole duck or a turkey but as there are only 3 of us at home, it is sufficient to put in a few lamb chops or a couple fillets of salmon without the dish being packed so all the meat can cook evenly. It is also intelligently designed with two handles on either side which make for easy gripping the dish when placing and removing from the oven. With my old dish it was a nightmare as this was not an additional feature and so meant I was often gripping the dish with oven gloves going inside the tray and easily getting covered in food/gravy!
The dish is super easy to clean, and I find just some hot water and washing up liquid is enough to give it a good scrub. I had an old glass dish which each time we put something in the oven it came out looking burnt and by the end the entire thing was covered in burn marks and was more black/brown than it was a transparent glass dish. Granted I've only had this about 2 months but it still looks brand new! Especially considering I roast things in it at least 2-3 times a week!
It is also microwave safe, not that I use it in there and is also dishwasher safe (sadly we have no space/extra funds at present for such a thing!) but these are also bonuses for this excellent quality roaster. Pyrex products come with a 10 year guarantee which I think is excellent. However, I am not so sure what can go wrong with this dish within 10 years which will allow me to complain about the product. So far it is faultless and does exactly what I need it to do!
The glass is thick and durable, however if dropped I cannot guarantee it's robustness so I am taking extra care and consideration not to drop mine!
Overall I love this roaster, and I am a convert to pyrex products in general! I also have an oval roaster which has been handy for making dishes like cottage pie and even desserts like apple crumble! For £5.99 it was an excellent buy and I cannot recommend this dish enough!
As you may already know if you read my reviews I am a great lover of Pyrex! I have always used a wide range including plates, casseroles, roasters and of course my trusty measuring jugs some of which have been with me since I got married in 1981 and are still as good as new.
Today's review is about my Pyrex Square Roaster which measures 21cm by 21cm which is currently on sale at Amazon for just £6.49 which is a bargain when you consider how long these items of cookware last! Pyrex even comes with a ten year guarantee.
This roaster is made from something called Borosilicate Glass which apparently gives a 'high thermal shock resistance'. This means that it will withstand being taken from a hot oven and being put into a bowl of washing up water without any ill effects.
Pyrex is generally very well known for its durability, strength and overall quality. It will withstand hard wear and tear and the only way that I have ever broken any of mine is by dropping it on a hard floor!
The whole range including this roaster is ovenproof, can be put in the freezer and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It is also stain proof and does not retain ant trace of flavours from food that has been cooked in it.
When I first purchased my square roaster there was a piece of green cardboard folded inside. This gave me the details of the ten year guarantee and some information about care and cleaning - not that you really need to be told how to clean it!
I have used my roaster for roasting small joints of meat, chops, fish and for roasting vegetables. It can also be used for making a lasagne or a shepherd's pie.
I find that it is really easy to use as it has two integral glass handles on two opposite sides of the roaster. This makes it easy to hold as I lift it in and out of the oven which is great for me as I am known to be accident prone!
The roaster is extremely easy to clean. If it isn't too dirty I just give it a quick wash in some hot soapy water and it comes up as good as new. If there is any food dried on it I just leave it to soak while we eat our meal and then wash it - there is never any problem getting is to look as good as new.
Yet again I would recommend this roaster without hesitation. I for one would find cooking and general kitchen jobs much more difficult without my Pyrex!
This Pyrex roaster is made from borosilicate glass a special blend of components that are heated to very high temperatures and melted to form glass. Suitable for all types of cooking it can withstand temperatures of 300 degrees and is microwave fridge freezer and dishwasher safe.