Product Type: Pyrex Cookware
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Pyrex Oval Roaster
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Pyrex Oval Roaster
Advantages: Durable, easy to use and clean, versatile
Disadvantages: No handle can make it tricky to use
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.
Summary: Design fault aside, a sturdy, durable and reliable dish