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Pyrex Casserole Dish
Member Name: marymoose
Pyrex Casserole Dish
Date: 16/02/13, updated on 16/02/13 (82 review reads)
Advantages: Durable, versatile, excellent value, lasts for AGES!
Disadvantages: Can't be put directly on hob.
Before I went to University, my cooking skills extended as far as grilling bacon, and making Bachelors Pasta 'n' Sauces! In the first year I was in catered halls, which meant that I was forced to live on takeaways and pub food (the food that they prepared for us disgusting and in the summer was full of ants), and in the second year since the house I lived in was so vile I continued to live on takeaways, chicken and mushroom pies and Nik Naks! In the third and fourth years however, I learnt to cook, with the help of my ex-husband - much as it pains me to give him any credit for anything, I came out of the marriage a pretty good cook...and I also got custody of most of our cookware.
---What is Pyrex---
According to Wikipedia "Pyrex (trademarked as PYREX) is a brand which was introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915 for a line of clear, low-thermal-expansion borosilicate glass used for laboratory glassware and kitchenware". It is a type of glass which is extremely durable and resilient, and personally I don't think that anything can beat it!
The brand Pyrex manufacture loads of different cookware products, and more can be found on the following website - www.arc-international-cookware. com/en?l=en (remove spaces to follow link). But today I am reviewing a traditional Pyrex casserole dish.
---My Pyrex Dish---
My mum gave me the 2.5 litre Pyrex casserole dish as a present as I was learning to cook, which must mean that I've had it for about 12 or 13 years. I have used this dish hundreds and hundreds of times over the years. The most common dishes I prepare in it are Tuna Pasta Bake, Lasagne, Shepherd's Pie, Cottage Pie, Beef Stew and Chicken Casserole. I also use it for desserts when making crumbles! My dish comes with a lid which is useful for casseroles, but obviously I don't have it on when doing bakes as I need the cheese to go crispy on top. The lid can also be used on its own for making smallish pies which I have done a couple of times.
The casserole dish I have is the idea size to do dinner for four people when doing pasta bakes etc. Even though it's usually only myself, or myself and my boyfriend that I'm cooking for, the majority of the time I cook enough for 4 and freeze individual portions for me to eat on other days such as when my boyfriend's working.
It can sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to fit with casseroles and stews if you want to get a lot of vegetables in with the meat, and if you want to get dumplings in there too! You might only be able to fit in enough for two or three people. I might at some point have to invest in a bigger Pyrex dish!
---Serving and cleaning---
I take after my mother in that although we can both cook, we are both absolutely useless at serving food. It tends to go everywhere. Although my Pyrex casserole dish can't work miracles, it is relatively easy to serve from. It is also easy to get every last bit out of the dish as food doesn't tend to stick to the sides too much. However, I do tend to soak it after serving before washing it up properly. It is easy to clean, but can sometimes need a good scrub round the top and the lid as it can go a bit brown.
Although I'm not in the habit of breaking things I must've dropped this on the floor quite a few times over the years, and there is no sign of damage whatsoever. If you so desire you can freeze food in the dish (although you'd need quite a lot of freezer space), and you can also reheat food in the microwave in it.
A Pyrex casserole dish in my opinion is an absolute essential in the kitchen. A 2.5 litre dish like mine can be bought for less than £10 which is an absolute bargain as it will last you for years.
Summary: I don't know what I'd do without this dish!