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Pyrex Oval Casserole Dish
Although I was only walking through Debenhams to use it as a short cut, I still managed to end up buying something! To be fair, it was on sale for just a tenner. Who could miss out on an opportunity like that? So here I am with another Pyrex product to review!
A household name really! Most people know Pyrex for their pretty much in destructible products in the kitchen. They manufacture bowls, dishes and even measuring jugs - everything you need! They are a trusted brand in my opinion as they have been around since, I believe, the early 1940's. They make high quality products and when ever I can, I make sure it is Pyrex that I get if I need something.
The Casserole Dish Itself
True to its name, it is a dish and it is oval! It is pretty deep so you can get a good amount of casserole in it (though I don't always put casserole in it to be honest!). On each side of the dish is a thick glass ledge for grip, so you don't have to hold the bottom of the Casserole Dish (where it would be hot). It looks like a normal casserole dish but once you pick it up you can feel the difference between this and a Tesco Value one for example. The lid fits well and doesn't wobble around, I find. However, it is heavy so watch out if little hands are around. Anyone littler than around 10 to 11 will probably struggle to pick up the whole thing and 5 downwards might struggle with the lid. But, however it is good quality, tough and looks like a oval casserole dish!
As we don't have casseroles that often (my daughter despises of them and won't even touch them so we have to have casserole when she is out) I actually use the dish for many other things. Many a time have I made a batch of spaghetti bolognaise and shoved it in the casserole dish. It is the right size and then the kids or whoever can chose have much they want. Therefore we don't end up with half the dinner on their plates stone cold. They chose what they want and then I usually put what ever is left in the fridge for another day. A large sized sandwich bag fits and does the job perfectly, I find! I probably could go without the bag, but I put it on just to be sure that anything that isn't wanted doesn't ever get in!
The dish is easy to handle thanks to the tough and thick handles. I can even move it around with oven gloves though I wouldn't recommend trying that to often! The quality of the dish is great and it feels like it will last for a long, long time (like most Pyrex products really!)
On the washing front, I usually leave it to soak for a while in the washing up bowl and then wipe it with the soft side of the scourer (the spongy yellow bit). I wouldn't recommend using the scourer side as it is made of glass, and I think it wouldn't take much to scratch it quite badly. I am pretty sure it is fit for the dishwasher as well, though don't hold me to my word as I don't own a dishwasher ( ='( ... ).
If you search around you can normally get this great quality oval casserole dish pretty cheap considering how hardy it is. It is guaranteed to last you a long time and you might even be able to pass it down to your kids (I'm not joking ... they last forever!) The only downside in my mind is that as the glass is so thick, it is a bit heavy, but then if you are careful it shouldn't be a trouble. I'd rather it be heavy but excellent quality than light and cheap and poor quality. But putting that aside, it is a great dish that is versatile and doesn't have to be used for just casserole!
Would I recommend the Pyrex Oval Casserole Dish? Oh yes I would!
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==Pyrex Oval Casserole Dish===
There is something that I really like about a nice bit of Pyrex and to be fair the majority of my cooking items in the kitchen are made up from Pyrex. There are so many good things about the collection of dishes, jugs, and bowls that I have in Pyrex and this is probably why I continue to buy it.
However that said the majority of the Pyrex that I own is a hand me down from either my mum or my mother in law. This Pyrex Casserole Dish is just that although I am not sure who actually gave me this item but I am pretty sure I didn't buy it myself. The oval casserole dish is a good enough size to do a casserole for 4 people easily as it has a nice 1.7 litre capacity. I think you would be looking at paying around £10 to £15 pound for a dish with a lid such as this one which is not a bad price and in line with other makes and styles.
I am not really surprised that this dish is still in such a good condition considering its age because of the fact that Pyrex seems to go on for ever and is so difficult to break or chip or generally damage. The dish I have does look a little cloudy on the bottom where it has been scratched numerous times from cutlery or scouring pads for cleaning but this is only to be expected.
Pyrex is not only good at being tough and break resistant (to a certain extent) but it is also much easier to clean than a lot of other cooking equipment and even with the most baked on sauces or stains I find with a small amount of soaking and a little scrubbing the dirt will simply peel away from the dish which makes for such a nice change as no one likes to stand scrubbing at the sink for hours on end!
This Pyrex casserole dish is easy to use although unlike the jugs I have does indeed get hot and you will need to use oven gloves when removing it from the oven. It seems to retain the heat well and any casseroles or stews I have cooked in the dish always turn out really well and I do like the fact that the clear glass enables you to see the cooking process inside the pot.
The lid sits on top of the dish okay although it is not as snug as it could be or as well as some other pots or dishes you can get and when removing it from the oven I do always make sure that I hold on to the lid as well as the dish so there is no chance that the lid falls off. This is not a major problem but one area where the pot could be a little better. However this pot being a good many years old I can't say whether they have adapted the current design of the ones that can be purchased nowadays.
All in all though it has to be said that this is one of my most used and well loved pieces of Pyrex and it really can't be beaten in the kitchen. I have often been known to use the dish without the lid in order to cook things other than casseroles and because of the ease of cleaning and cooking this has worked well. Aside fro the slightly loose fitting lid I can't really fault this product so I think for that reason I will award this product a 4 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am reviewing lots of my kitchen cupboard items at the minute and if you've read my other reviews you will be able to tell that my cupbaords are pretty full of pyrex dishes! This casserole dish also joins them in that cupboard and it's great. It is quite a new addition actually, I realised that I needed a casserole dish to add to my collection as I was often trying to make casserole type items in my pyrex bowls or trays and had to keep making make-shift lids with tin foil so decided it was time to buy one instead.
This cost me £8.00 and I use it frequently so think it is great value for money especially as it's quality is fantastic.
The bowl is oval shaped which I think makes it very practical as it doesn't take up as much oven space as a big round casserole dish would, it isn't hugely deep which I guess is why it's called a dish and not a pot as a pot would hold more.
Within this I usually make items which need to be in the oven for a long time and need to be covered up. This doesn't necessarily mean just casseroles but also large cottage pies and lasagnes too which I just take the lid off at the end to crisp up so even if you don't make casseroles very often you will still find a great use for this dish.
It has thin 'handles' which protrude from the sides and have little bobbles on them to help with grip and to make washing up a little harder! These handles are not great, I think they'd be better if they were bigger and had holes in but then it would take up more oven space so could cause further problems. The lid sits on top and can easily come off without you having to unhook it or anything which is good as when this has first come out of the oven it's very hot so good that you don't need to mess around with a fiddly lid.
The dish can withstand the dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven which is typical of a Pyrex product. This makes it so versatile you can just put it straight into the freezer if you need to and not have to worry about moving it to a freezer-proof container.
This dish gets rather heavy once its full so you do have to be careful when lifting it in and out of the oven and ensure that you have a good grip of it before lifting it out, also when you take the lid off the steam can escape quickly and burn you so do be careful.
This is a great dish which I am very pleased with and think it is practical, reliable and one that I use a lot.
Another day, another Pyrex dish to review, sorry!!
Just to make the review a bit more interesting I will add a bit of history about Pyrex that I have found on the internet. Pyrex is a brand name for glassware, introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915. A Corning executive gave the following account of the etymology of the Pyrex brand name:
"The word PYREX is probably a purely arbitrary word which was devised in 1915 as a trade-mark for products manufactured and sold by Corning Glass Works. While some people have thought that it was made up from the Greek pyr and the Latin rex we have always taken the position that no graduate of Harvard would be guilty of such a classical hybrid. Actually, we had a number of prior trade-marks ending in the letters ex. One of the first commercial products to be sold under the new mark was a pie plate and in the interests of euphonism the letter r was inserted between pie and ex and the whole thing condensed to PYREX."
So, there you go, some interesting history.
This time its time to review my oval casserole dish. Casseroles are so easy to make and a great way of getting my husband and kids to eat their vegetables that I tend to make quite a few during the week. At the moment I have been using those chicken in a bag casseroles where you get a mix with a plastic bag and you just add all the potatoes, vegetables and chicken together, add the spice and bake in the oven for an hour or so. This is great but you do need a dish to make it in as well. Sometimes if you are not careful some of the mixure will spill out of the bag so you want something to cook it in so it does not go all over your oven.
That's where the oval casserole dish comes in handy. It holds 4.5L so is quite big and will fit a whole casserole for a whole family of 4. It comes with a lid which I use if I make my own casserole, not one of the bag casseroles as these always come out better if you cover them up so the sauce and ingredients at the top of the dish do not get burnt or over cooked. The dish as handy handles at the side which makes it easy to hold and get out of the oven. The lid also has these handles so when you do grab onto the dish you get a really sturdy hold and are not afraid that the top will fall off whilst getting it out of the oven.
A cheap, practical dish.
I looked all over close to me for a pyrex casserole dish, but the only ones i could find were pot casserole dishes with no lids on, I mean what is the point of having a casserole dish with no lid, as I feel the gravy would spill over. Then eventually I found one in Morrisons for £5 which I found to be pretty cheap so I snapped it up.
How I use the casserole dish
Firstly I put all my ingredients in which for me usually consists of onions, mushrooms, sausages, sliced potatoes, and carrots, then I make about a pint and half of gravy and pour it into the casserole dish, I always make sure that there is a little gap between the casserole dish and the lid to make sure that the gravy does not boil over. I usually then pout on gas mark 4 for around 2-3 hours and everything cooks perfectly in it. Obviously certain ingredients may take longer to cook than others but I find all my ingredients cook perfectly and are nice and soft when cooked for that long.
Ease of cleaning
Well this can be a little bit more tricky, even though I make sure there is a gap between the gravy and the lid, some still does boil over and get into the handles of the lid, which can also make it hard to take the lid off, and I usually have to prise it open with a knife. So obviously it has dried on gravy took to the lid, and all round the inside of the casserole dish, so I usually give it a little rinse out and then soak it in bleach and water then when I come to wash it, it is pretty easy, but I found it hard before I started soaking it in bleach and I had to scrub pretty hard.
I really like these casserole dishes, however it is not a very large casserole dish and I would say a full dish would serve between 2-3 people, as I do live alone and usually only cook for me and my boyfriend then this is big enough for me, but for any more than 3 people it would not be big enough for.
The only problem I have ever had with this is how hard it is to clean but I think you would get that with most things that are in the oven for 3 hours. The food does cook great in this dish and I would recommend any house hold to own one. Should mine ever break I will be replacing it with exactly the same one.
I can't say if this would be suitable to wash in a dish washer or whether it would clean it properly as I don't own one myself.
Pyrex glass oval casserole dish, 1.7 litre capacity / Pyrex glass cookware offers a wide range of of high quality products, identified by an azur tint glass / Its heat resistance (up to 300°C) allows you to use it safely in the oven and micro-wave / Its non porous and stain resistant features will keep your products hygenic and transparent for a long time / This range is very versatile (fridge, freezer, oven, micro-wave, dishwasher) and is also elegant on the table.