I'm not a big fan of cooking, but one thing I do like to do is spend time baking little fairy cakes with my daughter.
I received mine when I first left home, it was one of these items that my mum swore I needed yet it stood in the cupboard gathering dust for several years. However, since the birth of my daughter, I must use the bowl at least once a month now and despite vigorous whisking, scrapings etc, the bowl still looks like new.
The RRP is only a few pounds which I think is excellent value for money, they come in various sizes and they are available from most supermarkets, department stores and places such as Amazon, EBay etc.
The glass is really thick, which gives it a quality feel, however is does make it a little heavy, especially for little hands and I do have to be mindful when Lauren uses it. I like the fact that the glass is clear, it enables me to easily see how much is in it and also, when I use it as a serving bowl, it makes a nice centre piece on the table, especially if I have filled with a colourful pasta salad.
I have the 1 litre sized bowl which I find ideal for my needs, when baking cakes with Lauren, she can be a bit heavy handed with the whisk but because the bowl is quite deep, we don't end up with more mixture on the worktop than in the bowl. This bowl measures around 16cm in diameter which I find gives it extra sturdiness, when using at the table, it is quite hard to make the bowl 'topple over' which again, when using with my daughter, is an added bonus.
Cleaning the bowl is very easy, I normally rinse in the sink with warm soapy water as I do find it takes up too much room in the dishwasher, but the bowl is suitable to be used in a dishwasher. As an added bonus, the dish comes with a 10 year guarantee, as well as being suitable for dishwashers, it is also fridge and freezer safe and can it withstand heat of up to 230 degrees.
As well using for baking, when Lauren was younger, I have also used in messy play, filling up with instant snow, jelly crystals etc. The bowl is deep enough for her little hands, arms (and even her feet). The glass cleans easily and unlike other baking products I have used, the glass has never stained nor have any odours stuck around.
Overall, I would really recommend, it is so versatile and the price is excellent, I would therefore give the bowl 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
We use our Pyrex bowl regularly and it is great although it maybe isn't quite shaped in a perfect way for mixing cakes...
Over the past few months I have been doing lots of baking so this bowl has had plenty of use! We were bought it as part of our wedding wish list and it's been used regularly for mixing various sauces, cakes and marinades in.
We really like Pyrex as it's a good quality brand. It is a special thick glass which with withstand being in the freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher so it is very versatile. This means that you don't have to keep tipping the contents from one container to another but it can stay in here for all purposes. My mum often makes stuffing in her bowl and then puts it straight into the freezer in the bowl and then when she takes it out it can go straight into the microwave to defrost and then into the oven! Very versatile which is great!
The thick glass makes it robust but this does not mean it is smash free so be careful! Our smaller Pyrex bowl smashed recently when it fell out of the cupboard onto a hard surface so you still have to be careful with it although it is far more robust than any other brand of glass bowl we have had before.
Just recently I've found it isn't the best shape for mixing cakes. The sides of the bowl bend up gradually but when mixing the batter often manages to splatter out of the top, perhaps if it had more of a lip on the bowl or a slightly different shape it would be better for mixing larger quantities of cake in so do be warned that although this is a big bowl it isn't very deep compared to the large mixing bowls you can buy especially for baking so this may mean you get a bit messy. Whilst cooking with it yesterday I was mixing a biscuit batter and quite a bit of it managed to fly out of the top so I think I perhaps need to buy a different kind of mixing bowl for these kinds of batters.
As for mixing sauces and things for me it is fine, I just make sure if it's quite full that I don't mix it too fast.
This is a decent bowl, I'm only knocking off one star because perhaps the shape of it could be improved a bit to help keep the mix in whilst mixing with beaters.
You can buy it in variety of sizes, we have some small and one large and they are certainly very useful and a reliable product as they are good quality.
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I purchased this Pryex bowl a few years ago from my local super market for around £7-8. Amazon are currently selling this item for £4.99, however it can be purchased from most supermarkets for around £3-6.
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*Oven safe (up to 300c)
*Stain & odour resistant
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This 1 L Pyrex bowl is made from thick borosilicate glass material which is thermo shock resistant, meaning it can be used in conventional ovens up to 300C in temperature. It has a diameter of 16cm and measures 8.7 cm in height; it also weighs around 522g.
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The glass is fully transparent meaning its contents can be easily admired by hungry guests! It also makes it perfect for making trifle deserts as each layer can be presented and glorified for all to admire. There is frame located at the top opening of the bowl, allowing it be picked up easily as well as giving it an added attractiveness to the design.
The compact size of the bowl is ideal for the kitchen as it doesn't take up much room in the cupboards or on shelves and is also hardly visible thank to the transparent glass making it almost camouflage into the background! I sometimes put leftovers into this bowl and store it in the fridge, and find it easily fits into my medium sized fridge without taking up any unnecessary room. The bowl is durable and has survived a few knocks here and there, although I would imagine if it was to fall onto the floor it would most probably break into pieces but that is what you would expect from glass material.
The bowl enables me to make generous sizes of deserts and casserole dishes, as well as being a convenient little mixing bowl for preparing cakes and other deserts and have found that it doesn't scratch very easily even after using whisks and metal spoons to occasionally mix the bowl contents. I also use it hold a few curry dishes and find that the strong odours do not retain into the glass and thankfully after a wash the odours disappear. It is stain resistant which again is ideal for cooking curry and other dishes that require marinades with strong colours.
It is fairly easy to carry around even with contents inside the bowl, however as it is made from glass it would still require two hands to carry it securely.
The bowl is dishwasher safe, which is great as I can pop into the dishwasher when ever I am feeling a bit lazy. It is also easy to clean by hand, a simple scrub with a sponge with some fairly liquid and it looks almost like new each time. It can be used in microwaves, making it very handy when I need to heat up leftovers without having to go through the hassle of emptying the contents into another microwavable container.
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Overall this is a great versatile bowl that I can use to store, heat, prepare, mix and serve food in. Its durable and made from great quality thermo shock resistant glass, making it a long lasting kitchen essential.
When I left home and moved into my flat for Uni, my dad kindly equipped me with a load of stuff I might need for the kitchen. I never used to cook when I lived at home and I didn't think I'd use half of the stuff he'd given me, but a lot of it's come in really useful over the last year as I've been forced to cook my own things and use a lot of the equipment he gave me when I moved out.
One of these items has been the large one litre Pyrex glass bowl he gave me. This wasn't new, it was the one we already had at home and he just gave it to me because he said it would come in useful. It has, for all sorts of things. When I first got it I used to use it as a glass fruit bowl but I soon found out that this wasn't such a good idea because a lot of the fruit started to ripen really quickly and then go off and I think this was because it couldn't breathe properly inside the glass.
I use it now mainly to mix up the cake mixture for when I make fairy cakes and muffins which I give to friends whenever hey come over. It's quite a heavy bowl and because its one litre in size it's large enough to be able to get a lot of stuff inside and it means it doesn't spill out over the edges. It's got a kind of lip right round the top at the edge and though I don't have a dishwasher I'm told it can be put inside one. I wash mine manually and it looks great, no scratches or anything and it looks quite new. I'm sure we've had it for years even before my dad gave it to me.
I also use it to store things in say if I've made too much food such as salad or chilli or soup. I just cover over the top with some plastic cling film and it keeps food fresh for ages. It seems really strong considering it's made of glass and I think that Pyrex is a good name and it's been around for years. I have a load of other Pyrex stuff my dad gave me but I think I maybe use this glass bowl more often than a lot of the other stuff he also supplied me with.
It's been really useful.
I hope this review was useful to you.
I think I may have inherited my mums Pyrex obsession. When I was growing up, she had a tall cupboard that contained nothing but Pyrex cookware, carefully organised by size and shape. I have acquired some of those pieces which are older than I am, but I have also had to buy some of my own. My most used item in the kitchen is probably my 1 litre Pyrex bowls, one of which I had to replace recently. Not because it showed a sign of wear and tear after about 7 years of use, but because my darling boyfriend used it to mix up a toxic cleaning paste for metal - I was paranoid that a trace could remain no matter how much I cleaned it. His name is mud but he has replaced my bowl. It cost him £5.49 in The Steamer Trading Company Cookshop, which is a fraction more than we later discovered Tesco were selling them at I still consider this to be a bargain for something that has the potential to last a lifetime.
The bowl looks like any other glass one, but of course it is special stuff that means it can be used in the oven, freezer and microwave without shattering or exploding. It is handy to know that whatever you want to use the bowl for, it should be safe to do so. There are some limits - the oven has to be under 300 degrees Celsius - but this is probably more relevant to other Pyrex cookware as I don't use this particular bowl in an oven. It does however get used in a microwave very often. It is just the right size to heat a can of beans or some soup. You could probably use a smaller bowl, but I like the security of knowing that if I cook the food for too long and it boils upwards, it won't make too much of a mess straight away if I haven't covered it properly. The most common thing I cook in my litre bowls however, are puddings so I do actually call them pudding basins most of the time. The don't have the very pronounced rim of the real traditional ones that allowed you to have something to tie a covering onto but it doesn't make much difference. I love trying recipes in the really old cookbooks that I have, but the puddings in them were usually boiled or steamed for hours on end. Once a chef told me I could achieve the same result by cooking the desserts in a microwave in minutes, I have experimented a lot with the technique and the bowls are just the right size for that. The rounded shape gives a traditional look to the puddings with just a slightly flattened top for balancing a decoration on if you want to. The 1 litre size makes a pudding that serves 4 people usually, although it obviously depends on the recipe as some are more filling than others.
Outside the microwave, I use the bowls for making salads as a side dish especially when it is just a couple of people eating. The plain Pyrex doesn't look fancy for a serving dish but the fact it is clear means that any colourful salads or couscous dishes are shown off nicely and I am happy to use the dish on the dining table. The only "decoration" is the Pryex logo stamped on the base which feels slightly raised if you run your finger over it. Being plain does mean it co ordinates with any other glassware/bowls that you are using. On a more practical note,the fact the glass doesn't pick up flavours or scents means I can confidently use it to make spicy marinades or strongly flavoured sauces too, even when the dishes won't be washed up straight away.
The heat resistance is also tested when I use the bowls balanced above a small pan as a make shift bain marie for making sauces and melting chocolate. They survive this perfectly,and sit very securely on the pan. The rounded sides make scraping down the bowl sides easy if you need to do that too.
For baking, I tend to use a larger bowl for mixing as the higher sides let me beat and stir as vigorously as I like without loosing ingredients over the edge. Having said that, these smaller one litre bowls are still useful for tasks such as beating eggs or making icing. I have used often used a fork and whisk in the bowls and they remain unscratched. Only the very oldest of my mums bowls show any marks from this sort of activity and I think they are around 25 years old now, possibly more. They have a sturdy feel and don't tip easily, helped by a good base. They are heavier than a standard glass bowl which also helps them to be less fragile should you drop one. I certainly don't recommend that you are too rough with a Pryex bowl, but I can definitely say that mine have survived a tumble to the floor!
I have not used these bowls in the freezer, except very briefly when I was trying to get a dessert to set more quickly than it would in the fridge. The bowl was fine after this. As for being fridge safe, I don't think this is a particular selling point as I am not sure what kind of bowl wouldn't be! The Pyrex bowls are often in the fridge, one is currently being used to make summer pudding for example. They are also a good compact size for keeping leftovers when they need to be refrigerated.
I think that whenever I go into the kitchen to have a cooking session, I get out one of the 1 litre bowls. How useful they are is shown by the fact I feel the need to have 3 of them! According to the green label that makes the minimal packaging of the new bowls, they are currently sold with a 10 year guarantee. I'm sure that the bowls will long out live that. I would definitely recommend them. They are robust and their superior construction means they are very versatile as you can use them in the microwave and oven. They are also dishwasher safe, although I hand wash mine and they clean up well without much effort. Every cook should have one! [Just don't let non cooks use them for mixing up cleaning products..]
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Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl
The Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl is one of my favourite snack bowls, I use it all the time when I have people round - not that I am much of a party animal these days. The Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl is just what you would expect - a rather large glass bowl. It is a simple and no fuss piece of kitchen equipment, but one that I have used time and time again. I own quite a few Pyrex kitchen dishes (of various shapes and sizes) and I have rarely been disappointed in them, I don't consider myself to be a brand loyal person, but Pyrex is one brand that I would and do go back to time and time again.
Personally I use the Pyrex 1 litre bowl mostly for serving food. The Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl is a great bowl for filling with crisps and / or treats for a party, I would love to fill it with chocolates (in particular white chocolate buttons), but you would need a lot of sweets to make it not look barren. I have also used the bowl at Halloween to fill it with a mixture of lolly's and other children's treats because it does have quite a wide opening making it ideal to rummage about in. You could also use the Pyrex 1 litre bowl for baking or making salads, etc but for those sort of tasks I do personally prefer to use the larger 2 litre glass bowl.
As you would expect from Pyrex the Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl is dish washer, freezer and microwave safe. It is also extremely easy to clean and because it is solid glass it doesn't stain or hold onto flavours. As you would expect the glass bowl is on the heavy side, and has a large enough base that the bowl isn't easily toppled over.
I managed to pick up the Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl from a local hardware store for around £3 - a bargain considering how much I have used the bowl. Pyrex products can often be found in supermarkets, stores like Dunelm mill or even online from Amazon.
In my kitchen the Pyrex 1 litre glass bowl is an absolute must have! And definitely worth the full five out of five star rating. If anything happened to my bowl I wouldn't hesitate to rush out and buy another one.
I remember my Gran using Pyrex products for cooking when I was a kid. She used them for casseroles and stews, as well as the occasional sweet, and I was always amazed how something apparently made of bog-standard glass could survive the mind-bogglingly hot temperatures in our gas oven.
It was only as a student, away at uni and having to fend for myself, that I started looking into cookware properly. I wasn't into baking but I remember seeing Pyrex products on the shelves, at the opposite end of the display area from the student-special Basics cookware ranges.
In the last five or six years I have been at home more and have had a chance to try my hand at baking, and have started making my own bread and various cakes and puddings when I get the chance. It doesn't save much money but it's good to know exactly what's going into our food! Last year, when I was experimenting with cocoa bowder and wanted to make a specific steamed pudding, the recipe stated that I'd need a 1 litre (or larger) pudding bowl. I went to good old Wilkinsons and found this Pyrex bowl. And, unlike my student days, the price seemed pretty reeasonable!
My Pyrex bowl cost around £4 from Wilkinsons. It came unwrapped, which made me dubious a I was sure it would be broken by the time I got it home. However, the label stated that it had a 10 year guarantee, and had symbols denoting it was ovenproof, dishwasher-safe, freezer safe, microwave *and* conventional oven safe (up to 300C!). I was struck by how thick the glass is - a good 3mm thick, and it seemed extremely well made. The rim protrudes very slightly - around 1mm, and the wide base is extra thick too.
On getting it home I was still twitchy about putting it in a hot oven with boiling, thick liquid inside (my chocolate pudding included chocolate sauce) but online research reassured me. It turns out Pyrex products are made from a special, thermal shockproof material called borosilicate glass, and while you shouldn't put freezing liquid into a boiling hot bowl (or vice versa) it can take a lot of punishment.
The pudding I specifically bought the bowl for turned out fantastically! I watched through my oven door as the chocolate sauce bubbled away at the top of the bowl. After the requisite cooking time (an hour or thereabouts) I gingerly took the bowl out and placed it on a heatproof mat. Manoeuvring the bowl in and out of the oven in thick oven gloves was tricky as the sides were so slippery but a careful hand on each side of the lower part of the bowl did the trick. The next time I used the bowl I placed it on an oven tray and lifted it in and out of the oven on that. Much safer!
My pudding scooped out of the bowl easily, and I'm pleased to report that washing it up by hand in the sink was a breeze - even the sticky chocolate sauce didn't stick very much and a quick swish around with hot, soapy water and a dishcloth did the trick. I think if I'd left it to cool completely and harden it would have been a lot more tricky though.
In conclusion, I've been very pleased with this bowl. Since my chocolate pudding experiment I've cooked various steamed puddings and even a casserole inside this product and it's worked very well. £4 for a bit of kitchen kit like this is an absolute bargain - I would be hard pressed to find a cheaper generic product that is as robust. Five stars from me.
One of my most frequently used kitchen items is my classic Pyrex bowl. I have a large range of Pyrex items as this was possibly one of the very first Pyrex dishes I ever owned. I've had this same original bowl since the day I was married, so it's obviously hard wearing, very tough and built to last a long time.
I use this bowl on a very regular basis and it comes in so useful for a lot of purposes. It's clear glass and the one I have is the one litre version but there are also two other larger sizes available, one being the two litre and the other the largest three litre.
Alongside all my other Pyrex dishes, this bowl comes with the same ten-year guarantee. It's so tough I can use it in my oven up to a maximum temperature of three hundred degrees, I can microwave with it (and I do use it in my microwave a lot) or I can even use it in the freezer, though personally I've never done this. The glass is toughened and hasn't chipped, marked or cracked in all the time I've had it. It's dishwasher safe too and I also use it in my convection over.
It's nothing special at all to look at because it is very plainly and simply and see through glass bowl with a slightly thicker rim all around the top edge. Pyrex is a household name now and I'm sure most homes have at least one item from the Pyrex range. Though it's a large sized one litre bowl, it nevertheless still fits meatly inside my kitchen cupboards and I tend to place smaller bowls inside it in order to save space.
I use this bowl not only for mixing cake recipes, but I also use it to store left overs in my fridge with cellophane over the top. I have also even used it to serve salads and mix up batters and home made burgers. It's a very functional item that is so versatile and useful to have for everyday use around the home. It washes well and doesn't retain colours or smells and as I say, it's proven to be very hard wearing over the years. I think this size bowl costs around £5 now and it's available in most larger supermarkets.
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My first Pyrex!
I have quite a wide range of Pyrex dishes, but I believe this was the very first one I owned as I am sure I have had this now for years. I think it was bought for me not long after moving house - no doubt by my mum who is always keen to encourage me to cook. The bowl I have is the 1 litre version and it costs around the £5 mark. There are also a range of other sizes available including half a litre, and 2 and 3 litre versions.
Pyrex is of course a household name, and I think it is definitely a brand you can trust. As mentioned, I have a lot of Pyrex products, and they are all in excellent condition. All the products are suitable for use in hot ovens up to 300 degrees, microwaves and the dishwasher, and I don't think any of mine have sustained any damage at all despite prolonged use. Pyrex dishes also come with a 10 year guarantee.
These are round bowls, that are very plain to look at. It is a real 'no-frills' product - just plain glass and a simple bowl design. No handles, no coloured bits or anything else - this is a very functional item. However it does feel thick and quite chunky, and is heavier than you may expect from such a simple looking product.
As I say, I have had this one for years now and it is still in excellent condition. And best of all is that you can use it for so many things. Amongst other things I use it for:
- Marinading meats
- Storing food such as soups and curries in the fridge
- A mixing bowl to make cakes with my daughter
- A serving bowl for salads
It really is such a versatile bowl and it gets used an awful lot. The simple design makes it easy to use and you can place a good amount in there, and it's easy to get a large spoon inside to mix cake mixture, for example.
Best of all this dish shows no real signs of wear and tear at all. After use, you can simply pop it in the dishawasher and it comes up sparkling. It doesn't stain or retain any odours, and it has no chips or scratched either. I really think this brilliant dish will last forever!
In summary ...
I have nothing negative at all to say about this great dish from Pyrex. It is versatile and as good as new, despite years of use. It is also a great price for such a fantastic product. Recommended!
My current boyfriend is chef (lucky me lol), in fact my last boyfriend was a chef as well and the one thing they both have in common apart from me and a love of cooking is their love of Pyrex. I'm lucky enough to have my boyfriend cooking for me a lot and one thing he kept moaning about was not having a mixing bowl or two to use for when preparing dressings and sauces and so on. I've had a few plastic ones in my time that did the job but got discoloured so I nipped onto my all time favourite site (other than this one of course!) and got buying a few Pyrex items and this was one of them and it cost me £4.12 including postage and packaging which I thought was a pretty reasonable price considering the brand that it is and the quality assurance you get (10 year guarantee against manufacturing defects!).
The Bowl Itself:
Well as stated this holds 1.0L and it measures 16 x 16 x 8.7 cm ; 522 g and weighs 3.6 Kg. its made from heavy duty Borosilicate clear glass which is shock resistant and doesn't retain any odours at all and not being plastic it tends to not discolour at all either which is great.
It's a plain bowl this one, not very heavy but the glass is rather thick. It isn't smash proof but I am not the gentlest of people and have knocked it about a bit and its been completely fine.
What makes this a great mixing bowl is its versatility. Whatever you want to do with this bowl is fine whether its dishwash it, microwave something in it and its completely fine to put it in the fridge or freezer which suits so many of our needs.
I use mine to dress salads and put them in the fridge till I need them, blend soups he makes up.....all sorts, beat up a sauce or some eggs and its great because wherever we want to pop it is fine and this fits in my fridge, freezer and my large microwave fine though it isn't a huge bowl so we only use this for smaller tasks.
Everything about this suits our needs, it even washes up easily being glass and my boyfriend really does seem to like this one and uses it more often than I thought he would as its so small!
Top marks once again to Pyrex for this...I think it will even outlive me at this rate lol.
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When I moved in with my partner, we went out and bought the basics, trying to save as money as possible, just to get us started.
We bought a Pyrex 1 litre bowl, it was kind of an impulse buy, but I knew that it would come in handy around the house as I always used the one in my parent's house when I lived there.
This bowl is great, it can be used for so many things, and ours has survived the basic wear and tear in the kitchen and hasn't been broke yet, even though it has been accidently dropped a few times (from the kitchen table which is quite low in our house).
I usually use this bowl when I am making microwave pasta, or heating different foods up in the microwave, it is really handy that this bowl is microwave safe, as it means I can cook things more quickly than heating them up over the hob.
This bowl is also freezer safe, though I have never froze anything in it, it is nice to know that I could if I needed to. It can be used in the dishwasher, it is also stain resistant and ours hasn't been stained yet, and we use it regularly.
This is a lovely bowl that is made of glass and completely see-through, there isn't any fancy design to this bowl, but it has so many functions and is really handy to have around the kitchen.
I bought my Pyrex 1 Litre bowl in Sainsburys for £5, which I think is a great price, we have definitely got use out of this bowl and it comes with a 10 year manufacturer guarantee.I think that this was a great buy.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic bowl to have around the kitchen and would recommend it to anyone. It is cheap, durable, has lots of functions and really good quality. Overall I would give this bowl 5 out of 5 stars.
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Every kitchen needs one of these mixing bowls. Not only are they suitable for the obvious of mixing ingredients together, but they also have other uses. You can use them in the microwave for cooking, you can put hot or cold ingredients in them without the glass breaking, and they also make an excellent bowl to put cocktail punches in a parties.
I have a medium sized bowl, it cost me around £9.99 in Tescos a few years ago. It is made of really thick glass, and came with just a sticky label on the side which peeled off easily and had instructions of how to use and look after the bowl.
The bowl can be washed normally with washing up liquid, you can use a sponge or an abbrasive cloth if there are food products that are hard to get off. Its also ok to put it in the dishwasher, and if you have any left over food that you want to keep you can also pop it in the fridge or freezer and it will not crack. This glass is literally indestructible unless you drop it!
I use my bowl a lot for making popcorn in the microwave, simple put the kernels in the bowl, cover with clingfilm tightly and put on a high heat. You can also add salt or sugar at the same time.
It is a good bowl to use if you are whisking something, as the food will not stick to the sides of it and the high edges mean that no food will escape.
If you enjoy cooking then you cannot be without one of these pyrex bowls!
This bowl is a 1 litre bowl that is completely transparent in I mainly use is bowl for making salads and mixing cake mixes because they have high walls and are rather large in size it allows for easy whisking. Also it has plenty of room to toss a salad in with no problem at all. There are different sizes available so I would shop around for what is best for you and your family.
It has a ridge at the top of the bowl which makes it perfect for getting a god grip while mixing as it is glass and could be rather slippery otherwise. As with all of these products the glass is rather thick and this means the can be on the heavier side compared to other mixing bowls and as I use these with my children baking I have to keep an eye on them and make sure they do not try and lift them as it would result in the bowl being dropped. It is not too heavy that it is uncomfortable to use it just feels sturdy and well made.
The bowl is rather large and although I have plenty of storage space in my kitchen when I want to store food in my fridge wit this I have to clear a full shelf and move the top level shelf up a notch as my fridge is rather small but it does take up a fair amount of room.The bowl is made of special glass which means it can withstand high and low temperatures it can be used in the microwave and it can be used in the dishwasher although I am not lucky enough to own one.
It is very easy to clean just a quick wipe down with soapy water is needed and it is as good as you no matter what I use it for.We have had this since Christmas 2010 and it so far has no discolouring is as clear as when we brought it and has lasted very well no chips and no breaks which is fantastic ad I am sure it was last for a few more years to come.
It can be used for a range of things and is very versatile it is also sturdy and although not indestructible completely it has been bashed dropped and generally rough handling and has lasted without any scratches chips or imperfections at all.
Of course it you use this to heat anything you will need oven gloves as they are very hot to touch. I would recommend these bowls to anyone they are really useful especially for baking and making salads and so I get use nearly every day in the summer. It is great for storing things in the fridge and for heating things in the microwave there really is no end to the uses available and I love mine. The bowl retails at around £4-£7 depending on size which for the amount of time it lasts is not very much at all and can be brought from all large supermarkets and retailers so widely available.
I'm very health concious and eat healthily. As a result, 99.9% of the meals made and consumed in my household are made from scratch as I hate the thought of eating food with added chemicals or unnecessarily large amounts of sugar/salt. One of the main meals that I make is simply a large salad with fish or meat mixed into it, although I do also make various other dishes that need to be put together in a bowl and mixed up to either enchance the flavour (eg salads) or mix them together (eg cakes and sauces). Up until last year I just managed with a large plastic container however earlier this year I decided to buy a few kitchen must-haves with an Amazon voucher and this was one of my purchases - the pyrex 'classic' bowl.
I chose this bowl firstly because it's a Pyrex product, and i've been familiar with this brand for absolutely years. I have found all of their products that I have owned to be long lasting and durable. I also bought it due to how cheap it was - I bought mine from Amazon and paid around the £6 mark which considering the quality I think is reasonable. Places like Ikea, Wilkinsons and supermarkets also sell these and the RRP is £7.49 for a 3.0 litre bowl. There are also other available sizes which are half a litre and 2 litres which I think is a good idea as it will appeal to either small or large families. I opted for the largest option as there are a few people living in my house (mum, siblings etc) as well as regular visitors who often stay to eat. I also often make intentionally large portions and then freeze the remainder as it's a quick and easy meal.
The bowl came with a little green sticker on it with the brand (Pyrex) and product name clearly listed on it. I peeled it off as I didn't see the point of it, but it doesn't take up much space on the bowl, so some people may choose to keep it on - it doesn't matter either way really! The bowl is not very special to look at. Like all of Pyrex's other products it is simply clear glass. I like this as it will not clash with my kitchen decor or with any of my other kitchen appliances. The bowl is large but doesn't take up too much room on my work surface. The bowl is a little awkward to store as there isn't a large amount of storage in my kitchen and it's quite wide, but we sorted it in the end.
The bowl is made of borosilicate glass which is strong, durable and very sturdy. It is thermal shock resistant, stain resistant and does not retain flavours or smells. It's oven proof, dishwasher safe and microwave safe - although I struggle to fit it into my microwave to be honest! The bowl has a wide opening so it's easy to use whisks, hand blenders and so on and it's easy to transfer ingredients into it. I have the 3 litre one and it's really big, I can make a ginormous amount of cake mixture in it which is nice for a change because before I got it I was always limited to how much I could mix in a bowl at once, where as with this I don't worry about it overflowing. Another use I have for it is for washing vegetables - it's very handy.
The bowl is very sturdy and because it's solid, it doesn't move about when I whisk whatever it contains. I have an electric hand blender which has a strong vibration and the bowl doesn't budge. The bowl gets a little heavy when it's full of cake mixture etc but not so heavy that it's uncomfortable/awkward to lift. It's easy to get a grip on it as the rim is slightly raised. However, when lifting it out of the dishwasher it can be a little awkward but even when I dropped it a week or so ago after losing my grip it didn't break - it almost bounced!
This bowl is a little too large to fit into my compact microwave however smaller bowls would be handy for melting butter, chocolate etc or warming up soup and so on. I haven't used it in the oven either although Pyrex state on their website that it can withstand temperatures of 300 degrees. It can also be placed into the freezer as long as it doesn't reach minus 40 degrees. This is a versatile bowl and I really reccomend it - in my opinion this is an essential item to have in the kitchen cupboard if you make a lot of meals from scratch or are an avid baker.
I have two pyrex bowls in my kitchen, a 0.5 litre bowl and a 1.0 litre size bowl, both I have owned for over 5 years and use regularly, the 1 litre bowl most of all.
Pyrex is owned by World Kitchen but was originally produced by Corning Glass Works in 1924. My Mum and Aunts have all owned pyrex dishes for years, pyrex kitchenware is well known for being hard wearing and long lasting. It is suitable for oven, microwave and freezer use and also dishwasher safe.
If the tough glass ever happens to break it will not shatter but crack into large pieces. This is exactly what happened one time when my daughter was carrying a pyrex dish and slipped, the dish was flung onto a hard stone floor and it smashed into 4 or 5 large pieces which were easy to pick up and dispose of safely.
I find the 1 litre bowl ideal for a multitude of uses especially mixing batters and desserts, the bowl isn't too large for placing in the freezer or for oven use. It is always straightforward to clean and will withstand some hard scrubbing if necessary, although I usually put mine in the dishwasher. My bowl has fine scratch marks on the inside mainly due I think to my metal whisk from beating egg whites, but this hardly notices and doesn't bother me at all.
My only criticism is at times it can be difficult to grasp the edge when scooping out mixture from the bowl but this could be more the case with the larger 2 litre bowl. Care needs to be taken when removing the bowl from the oven as although I find it doesn't get excessively hot its shape can be tricky to hold when wearing oven gloves.
This is a hard wearing, very practical and versatile bowl. Available from Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Robert Dyas and online stores such as Amazon and UK Cook Shop.
Currently priced at around £4.50.
In my opinion you really can't go wrong with pyrex, unless of course you trip and send it crashing onto a stone floor!
5/5 and highly recommended.
Thanks for reading :)
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