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I'd never bought much Pyrex because I always thought they were an expensive brand so I was surprised when this only cost me £5 in Tesco, that was about a year ago and since then I've replaced several kitchen items with Pyrex because of the quality and also the cheap prices. I think cooking with glass always feels cleaner than using a metal pan especially when the pan is a little bit old and it gets harder to get it spotlessly clean.
The handles are in one piece with the glass of the pan so you can achieve a good strong grip whether you are lifting the pan or removing it from the oven completely and taking it somewhere else, I made a casserole in ours last week and carried it straight over to the table in the Pyrex roaster because there were six of us eating and I thought it would be nice for everyone to serve themselves. I wouldn't do this if there were children there because of how hot the roaster gets after it's been in the oven, and if you carry your hot glass cookware through to your dining room then you should make sure you have a skillet or table protector because the bases hold an extreme level of heat and could damage table coverings or even table tops!!
The roaster is only 2" deep so not suitable for cooking a casserole for a large family, my casserole was part of a much larger meal so we only required small portions. It's good that it's versatile enough to be able to cook different dishes in it though, my boyfriend uses it regularly to make rice pudding (Ewww!) and always mentions that the depth is perfect for this. It's about 14" longways and wide enough to hold a chicken, I like the oval shape because I cook my chicken and then after it has cooked for some time I can add a small amount of roast potatoes and they fit nicely at either end of the pan. When our meal is cooked I remove it from the fat and sometimes drain the juices and use as sauce or to add to the gravy, this pan is quite heavy because it's made of thick glass so it's hard sometimes to pick it up and neatly tip the juices into a jug especially if you have problems with the strength in your arms as I do. I use a turkey baster to collect the juices and transfer it into a jug that way because it is easier for me to tilt the roast for the juices to run to one end and collect it like that, I am always afraid I'll drop it if I have to lift and tilt it to actually pour directly from it.
****Pyrex oval Roaster****
I bought the Pyrex oval roaster pictured here around 4 and a half years ago from Dun-elm mill when I moved into my first home. I wanted something for cooking pasta bake, meats etc in and could be multi functional for us. I was a bit dubious and honestly still am with this dish as I worry about it falling out of my hands or burning myself on it as there isn't any handles. The dish is 35cm x 24cm and around 7cm in height. The dish is clear and see-through and is oval in shape. It's quite thin too so it isn't too heavy unlike some of the Pyrex dishes I have which can be like a work out just lifting it.
I get a little annoyed with this dish as when trying to get something out of the oven with my folded up tea towel, I 9/10 times get food on tea towel trying to grab hold of the sides to be able to take it out of the oven. I've learn my lesson now and end up putting it on a baking tray before placing it in the oven so I can easily get it in and out.
I like the shape of this dish as it looks really appealing when it's in the centre of the table with the main dish in it ready to serve up. It is so easy to clean too and still scrubs up like new after all the use it's had over the years. It hasn't got any signs of use on it as there are no scratches, chips, marks or stains which is a really big thumbs up to Pyrex for making such good quality kitchen items. It's had burnt cheese stuck to it, burnt on mashed potato, sticky syrups and tomato based sauces which often send things a bit orange and yet they have always been easily cleaned off unlike baking trays or ceramic dishes which start to discolour with age. I like to look after Pyrex dishes and clean them very well so meals looks appealing to the eye as it's see-through so any layered meals like lasagne or Shepard's/cottage pie could be seen through the sides.
I not only use this dish to cook hot meals with, I also like to use it for making desserts. Trifles look great in this dish as you can see the layers and it's just right for a family and leftovers can be placed in the fridge. Pyrex dishes are safe for use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and also the freezer but comes with instructions not to put it in the oven straight from the freezer or it can cause it to crack or shatter due to such different temperatures. If you are putting this in the fridge or freezer after cooking with it, always let it cool to room temperature first if you wanted to save those left overs for later.
Pyrex don't seem to sell this version of the oval roaster any more and have made a much safer option of this to replace it. The newer version of this Pyrex dish has handles on it which seem much safer and easier to use than the one I have is. I also have a circular Pyrex dish which has the same problem as this one does as it doesn't have handles and I find my dinner is all over the tea towel from me trying to get it a good grip on it as to not drop it on the floor whilst taking it out. Pyrex can get very hot when it's been in the oven so always take real care when getting it out and use something to protect your hands.
After really searching on line, I couldn't find this dish for sale but can see the newer version of this selling at Dun-elm Mill for £4.79 on sale (correct of 18/01/2014) usually £5.99. The dish is the approximately the same size with the added bonus of those handles so it is definitely worth the buy just for the nice shape and to present your dish in. I know I will be going on a trip for some new Pyrex dishes soon just to get a few more with handles!. I give this dish 4/5 stars as it doesn't have handles and can be a right pain to get out of the oven. I do like the dish though so I've give it 4 stars as it does the job I want it to do. It's easy to clean, easy to prepare meals in and gives me results each time I use it.
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My Pyrex roasting dish
I own several Pyrex items, and this oval roaster is the largest piece in my cupboard. It is very generously sized in terms of the area of the roaster (240x350) but it is relatively shallow, I find, at around 60mm.
The roaster has a completely plain design, with no lips or edges anywhere and a smooth transition between the sides and the bottom. The sides of the dish are almost vertical, but not quite - the underside base of the dish measures 320mm so there is approximately 15mm of the sides leaning outwards all round, although it doesn't appear to be that much by the eye. The word "Pyrex" is stamped into the underneath the base, but it is stamped in reverse - so you read the word through the glass. There appears to me to be a very feint tint to the glass, but essentially it is a clear glass dish.
My partner bought this roaster because it was reduced, I can't honestly say it's an essential or well-used cookware item in my house. I can even go as far as to say I doubt it has ever been used for roasting anything! My main uses for this dish are for transferring food into it when it's waiting to be served - covered over with foil and left in the oven. It's great for veg when we are having a couple of people round in that regard because I can place the cooked veg in there to keep them warm and when it's time to serve I like to place dish in the middle of the table and let people serve themselves. For four people the dish is big enough to keep two or three different veg in with no problem. Similarly, being shallow it's easy to store in the fridge with any leftovers.
The other times this has been put to great use is when we have been entertaining on a bigger scale - it's great for piling high with crisps, it can hold nearly two bags of kettle chips or one huge bag of Doritos!
As a roaster, however, it's huge size means that you would be able to fit a huge chicken in there, a turkey and practically any size lamb, pork or beef joint.
(From Pyrex website): "Pyrex glass, since 1915, offers a complete solution to all cookware requirements from preparation, to baking and storing!
Superior quality, heat resistant glass, all products from the Pyrex glass range are guaranteed 10years!" - No mention of being a great serving dish for nibbles strangely!
Pyrex glassware is safe to 300 degrees C as well as being thermal shock resistant. According to the website, the dish is also safe in a freezer down to minus 40, and is dishwasher safe should you have one.
I have quite a few different Pyrex dishes of all shapes and sizes but I would say that this oval roaster is my most favourite and the one I use just about every day when I am cooking. This oval roaster measures
25x17cm and is just the right size for everything I need it for. You can get bigger oval dishes and I might invest in a few as they are so handy to have in your cooking drawers.
Pyrex are such versatile and well made dishes are really are the perfect cooking dish. It's actually the smallness and size of this roaster that make it really one of my favourite dishes. I often like to make a little side dish of nice vegetables when I am cooking, something like roasted vegetables or some stuffed peppers and this dish is perfect because you can put just enough vegetables in it to roast and the dish istn't too big that they roast unevenly or get thrown about the dish in the cooker, it's just the right size to contain all my ingredients and cook everything perfectly.
Also, when I have quite a few things in the oven it's ncie to have this dish as it only takes up a small amount of space and then I can cook quite a few things at one time. What I like about this oval roaster is that it has quite high sides too so it's actually quite deceptive, even though it looks small you can put quite a bit in it and cook the right amount.
I love how well made, versatile and cheap Pyrex products are and I believe are a great product everyone should own in their home. This pyrex oval roaster dish, like all of the Pyrex items in fact is made of Borosilicate glass which gives high thermal shock resistance and I find you can really put it in a very hot oven without it breaking or cracking. I have never had any of my Pyrex bowls break which is great although if you ever do have a problem with them they come with a 10 year guarantee from the manufacturer. You can tell that its a good quality glass as it's really quite thick and really sturdy and you feel like you could drop it and be heavy handed with it without it breaking.
The bottom of the roaster is flat so it stands well in the oven. I usually put it on a baking tray as then it's easier to get out of the oven as this roaster does not have handles on the side like some of the Pyrex dishes do.
The roaster is dishwasher safe and microwave safe. I always put mine in the dishwasher after making a big mess in it and it comes out really clean. The bowl is also stain resistant and doesn't retain flavours and I have to say this is still crystal clear and as see through as the day I bought it. A great way to cook!
The roaster costs about £5-£6 and is available in places like Wilkinson or Amazon.
Pyrex Oval Roaster
Since moving into a house with a nice sized kitchen from a rather small flat I have slowly been building a stock of decent kitchen equipment, which includes quite a lot from Pyrex. I don't tend to be much of a specific brand loyal person but Pyrex is a brand that I seem to go back to time and time again. In general I have found that Pyrex products deliver both quality and affordability and they seem to last even with heavy usage.
The Pyrex Oval Roaster isn't one of my favourites, but it a useful item to have around. It's not the sort of oven dish that you would cook a chicken in (or at least I wouldn't) but it is great for many other things, my favourite being cheesy nachos. It's also a great dish for serving up snacks or home baked treats at a party or for storing items in the fridge, because the sides are not overly high so it doesn't take up that much room. Really the Pyrex Oval Roaster is a glass dish that has more uses than I could probably list here. I have definitely found that mine has been used and used time and time again.
I do try and look after my kitchenware but even with a lot of use the Pyrex products tend to age well and that is mostly because they are made from glass, so for example they are stain resistant. Just don't drop the glass Pyrex Oval Roaster and it will last you for ages - or at least mine has been going for nearly two years now and shows no signs of requiring replacing.
As you would expect the Pyrex Oval Roaster is microwave, dish washer and freezer safe.
The Pyrex Oval Roaster dishes do come in a range of sizes, I own a medium sized dish measuring (approx) about 30 cms x 20 cms. I would describe it as one of the medium dishes in the Pyrex Oval Roaster range. I paid around £6 for mine, and far as I am aware you can find them at most places that sell the Pyrex range of products.
I really like my Pyrex Oval Roaster and I would recommend them as a useful piece of kitchen equipment. When I first purchased mine I bought it on a bit of a whim and really it has come in handy time and time again.
I really cannot fault it - Five out of five stars.
I own a fairly wide range of Pyrex dishes and one of my more useful ones I use is the oval roaster. I bought this years ago and paid about £2 for it from a discount shop. As is the case with the entire Pyrex range, this roasting dish is made from toughened glass. It is dishwasher and microwave safe. It can be heated in a conventional oven up to three hundred and sixty degrees and it can even be placed in a deep freezer without fear of it shattering. It comes with a huge ten-year manufacture's warranty on top of all of this.
Considering how robust these dishes are, this roasting dish is fairly lightweight though the glass itself feels very thick and sturdy. It's an oval roasting dish in clear glass, though I believe coloured ones are also available to buy at a slightly increased cost. My mother in law owns some brightly coloured, pretty retro Pyrex dishes, including a blue oval roaster.
This roasting dish measures approximately 27cm and is large though not too large to make it difficult to be able to store away inside a cupboard when I'm not using it. I use this dish primarily for roasting joints of meat though it's large enough to allow me to be able to roast a medium sized chicken for the family and still have room for roast potatoes etc round the edges.
I've used it to bake large family pies and even used it as a serving dish when I accidentally smashed my old one. It doesn't retain smells and it never stains no matter what I may have been cooking inside it. It cleans easily and though it is dishwasher safe, it's easier to just clean it by hand with hot soapy water and left to dry naturally.
At only £2 this has certainly been a bargain as far as I'm concerned. It's definitely made to last and is so versatile as a kitchen dish that I couldn't do without it.
I highly recommend it.
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For many years we lived on our sailing boat and although it was quite comfortable I did miss having storage space particularly in the galley, sorry kitchen. This meant that every kitchen utensil had to be very versatile and it is amazing how you can manage with just a few things if you have too. Now that I live mainly ashore I still have only a few bowls and dishes that I use everyday and one of these is an oval roasting dish made by Pyrex which I must have had for about 15years!
It measures in length 26cm and width 20cm. The depth being 4cm This size is good for pies or lasagnas for 3/4 people.It is made of thick, clear borosilicate glass, just about indestructible and pretty heavy too so don't drop it on your toe! Heat proof, dish washer proof and freezer proof this remarkable material dish can also be used in the microwave and even looks good on the table as a serving dish. The smooth contours ensure that it is easy to hand wash which is how I normally clean it after use, occasionally you need to soak it for a little while to loosen the food but not very often.
What do I use it for?
It was used last week for a supper for friends, there were four of us in total. I made a chicken and ham pie with a pastry crust, the edge of the dish is just wide enough at 0.5cm, to support a ridge of pastry to which you join the pastry top. I served it straight from the to the table and at the end of the meal people were fighting over the scraps of crispy pastry on the edge of the dish. Another favourite use is for microwaving fish. It will nicely contain four white or salmon steaks, sprinkle with white wine, cover and microwave on medium for 4 to 6 minutes, so easy! A frozen medium chicken will fit in no trouble as I often forget to defrost things it gets popped into the microwave to defrost. On Christmas Day I even did use it as a roaster and filled it with a mix of Med vegetables sprinkled with olive oil to eat with our roast beef.
The list goes on, fill it with salad, fruit or fresh bread. Pies, crumbles and lasagnas. If I do have a reservation it is that it does not have any handles so it can be tricky taking it out of the oven when it is very hot. If I did ever break this one the next would definitely have handles and that after 15 years it is getting a few scratches, but, then again so am I!
5 stars from me for a great versatile kitchen helper. Every kitchen should have one or even two!
I cannot tell you the price I paid for it as it was bought such a long time ago but I see that on Amazon there is one very similar to mine selling at 6.45pounds, worth every penny.
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Pyrex are a brand well known for the remarkable durability and quality of their products, most notably their glassware. Starting life in the US in 1915, they began producing heat resistant glass using a German invented technology from nearly 20 years previous. Their products range from their more well known kitchenware to items for laboratory use due to the high heat durability of their products.
This item is one of their kitchen products suitable for oven use. It is essentially an oval shaped glass dish with sides around 1.5 - 2 inches in height. It's overall size is around 22cm x 14cm and I believe is the medium size from a range of different size options available. On the bottom is the Pyrex logo so you know what you are dealing with is the real product.
Otherwise, it's fairly standard in shape and look with no gimmick or quirk in it's design. It is with it's design that I can find my only real fault of the product. I also own the rectangular version which has small handles on either end of it that come in very handy when lifting out from the oven when extremely hot. This model doesn't have this and would benefit from it as it can be quite cumbersome and slippery when trying to hold with an oven glove. There is nothing to get any real purchase on it and I have nearly dropped it on a number of occasions. Perhaps a handle wouldn't work with the oval shape but some kind of lip or similar would have made a big difference.
Aside from this, it's an excellent product. It is made from glass so transparent - depending on what you are cooking this can be a bonus so you can see whether something is cooked inside or not. It's advertised as a roasting dish and serves excellently for roasting vegetables, etc... In, but can also be used for pies and other similar things equally.
As with most other Pyrex items, it's incredibly durable and long lasting. It doesn't damage or scratch easily so provide you don't drop it, it will last years. It also can withstand hot to cold well so can be chucked in the sink immediately after use without cracking. Unlike most other dishes, it can also be used in the microwave (if you're microwave is big enough!) without breaking plus can also go in the freezer so versatility really is the order of the day with this.
Cleaning is very easy given it's shape. There are no awkward nooks or corners to have to get into so it's a matter of cleaning large surfaces. Things don't tend to cake on as it's stain resistant so hard scrubbing is rarely needed. You also don't get that flavour residue you can sometimes get when cooking something potent - probably because the glass isn't porous like earthenware for example might be.
These usually retail between around £10 (if you get a good deal - we got ours in a discount store) to £30. Price will also depend on the size.
Baring the one design fault there is little else to criticise. This is an excellent, durable product essential in my view for all kitchen use.
Glass, transparent oval shaped roasting dish manufactured by Pyrex.