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Pyrex Glass Jug
Pyrex Measuring Jug
Author Name: daisylee3
Pyrex Measuring Jug
Date: 24/03/12, updated on 24/03/12 (30 review reads)
Advantages: Very durable, versatile, good quality
Pyrex is a brand that has been a part of my household's kitchen appliance items since I was little, and to say that Pyrex items are long lasting and of good quality is an understatement - in face we currently have a pyrex glass measuring jug in the kitchen cupboard that my mum and dad got when they first got married over 20 years ago and it's in amazingly good condition without a single scratch or dent. We also have some more recent pyrex purchases including a couple of the more recent pyrex glass jugs, which are really handy and very affordable.The pyrex glass jugs are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, including a litre and half a litre. They can be purchased from homeware stores such as Ikea, supermarkets or even places like Argos. They're also widely available online and I have seen several for sale on Amazon and eBay. Prices do vary - for a brand new one litre pyrex glass measuring jugs, prices range from £4.99-£7 which although sounds quite expensive for a measuring jug, I assure you it is worth it.
Pyrex glass jugs are absolutely solid; very sturdy, very good quality and not too bad to look at either, the simple design will fit in with any style kitchen and the size is compact enough to fit into a small cupboard. Our kitchen is quite small - we live in a new build house which has a kitchen diner with the worktop and cupboard area being very compacted while the dining area and the fridge space takes up a majority of the room. With this glass jug it fits fine into one of the smaller cupboards without taking too much room and it can either be stored upright or laid down as it's so solid it doesn't roll around. It doesn't hog the storage space at all. Physically, as I mentioned briefly above, these jugs aren't anything special to look at which in my opinion is good as they won't clash with other kitchen appliances or kitchen decor.
The glass is quite 'stubby' rather than long and thin, and it is made of transparent glass. It has a decent sized handle which is easy to grasp due to the design and shape of it, along with a pouring spout which is a little small but still handy. The jug has the measurements marked on the front of it in clear writing. I have a few of these jugs, and the older one has blue writing while the others have red. Both colours are basic and versatile and clear to read. The writing does fade slightly after very long periods of time but not badly enough to be unreadable - the 20 year old jug's measurements are still unfaded enough to read easily.
The measurements start at 200mls and then go up by 200mls, with a 100ml line in between if that makes sense - eg 200mls, line marking 300mls, then 400mls - I think this is good way of measuring but I would prefer there to be a 50ml gap as well as the 100ml gap as I often measure out smoothies etc for a 250ml glass, so I have to concentrate more when measuring it out then I would have to with a 50ml marking but this isn't a huge issue for me although with people with learning difficulties or difficulties in understanding measurements it may be an issue because the measurements go up by 200. I like that they have the half a litre marked clearly as well, although again this may confuse people who aren't familar with measurements. All of the pyrex jugs that I own are able to hold 1 lire of liquid although the glass is so short and wide it doesn't actually look like a litre. I don't like that once it's full up to the litre mark it is nearly running out of the tipping spout and can be a bit messy when it's full upto the litre mark in my opinion.
If you want to mix something in one of these it's not practical because of the tipping spout. Using the tipping spout to pour milk etc into a bowl is easy and it runs out quickly but doesn't splash like it would if you tipped the whole thing in at once without the tipping spout. The tipping spout is also handy for pouring soup into a thermal flask or pouring a milkshake into a bottle etc. I also express my breast milk for when my daughter needs a bottle (I do usually breastfeed but bottles are really handy). I store my breastmilk in simple plain bottles an then transfer it via the measuring jug once it's been measured and warmed up into my daughters bottles - very quick and easy and I am also able to measure it out accurately before putting it into the bottle. I am also able to warm the milk up in the glass which is handy when I am warming up multiple bottles for the thermal bottle holder as I am able to do more than two at a time.
I have used the pyrex jugs to freeze things in numerous times and always clean them in the dishwasher. Due to the large opening it is easy for the inside to be cleaned thoroughly. The jug is fine to go in the freezer, is dishwasher safe, ovenproof and microwave safe. It's also stain resistant and doesn't retain flavours. I usually use my pyrex jug to simply measure out milk, water etc but it's also handy for making gravy, milk shake or jelly and so on. It's also handy that if I do make it to use something that needs heating up, such as gravy, I can stick it straight into the microwave rather than having to transfer it into another bowl and therefor create more washing up.
I use forks to whisk the milk or whatever the contents of the jug is, and it doesn't scratch the glass at all. The jug is made of something called 'borosilicate glass'. This is a very high quality, strong and durable glass which is incredibly thick - I have dropped the jugs a few times and there was no breakages at all which I think is brilliant and the fact that most places offer 10 year+ manufacturer guarantees against defects is fab too - you really can not go wrong with one of these and I highly reccomend these jugs as they're incredibly handy to have in the kitchen cupboard - they can be used to simply measure things out or mix things together and they can also be used to transfer liquid into bottles with small openings in a mess-free way due to the tipping spout.