Product Type: Pyrex Kitchenware
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Pyrex Measuring Jug
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Pyrex Measuring Jug
Advantages: sturdy, accurate measurements, freezer, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe
Disadvantages: can crack if mistreated, slightly pricey
I have now been living in my own house for over 10 years, and before that in student digs, so I have had a long time to set up home. Like most people, I have a selection of pyrex from various relatives having a clear out, so when I came to buying some items of my own I knew that I would be making a wise purchase buying this brand.
Made in France, pyrex is a name that means quality to me. The jugs can be used in the microwave or the oven for heating, and they are both dishwasher and freezer safe.
I currently own a 1 litre and a 0.5 litre measuring jug. The 0.5 litre one I have been using for about 8 years, whereas the 1 litre one is a more recent acquisition thanks to me breaking my 1.5 litre jug a few weeks ago. I immediately knew that I needed to replace it because although my 0.5 litre one is good for making up gravy in and measuring smaller volumes, I found it was not suitable for heating liquids in my microwave as it just did not leave enough room for the expansion of the liquid when it was boiling.
You might ask how I managed to break my jug - well I am not entirely sure, but the 1.5 litre one always had a slight chip in the glass from when we purchased it. I guess this was then a weak point, and when we put the smaller jug inside the larger one in the cupboard for storage, I went to get the jug back out and it had broken into 3 seperate pieces. Quite impressively it did not completely shatter, but it was no longer useable. I am not too bothered though as I always found that size a little too big and it had a weird spout which never poured smoothly leaving hot liquid dripping everywhere but where I wanted it.
Proper pyrex comes at a slightly more expensive cost, which you might think a bit steep if you are buying lots of items for a home at once, but I believe here that the price is worth it. On amazon, a 0.5L jug is £4.99, whereas the 1L version is £6.49. This was slightly cheaper when I replaced mine in Tesco, where a 1L jug was £4.79, and the 0.5L version was below £4. These are very thick glass, so worth the price as they are printed accurately compared to cheaper versions, and they are also able to withstand most use and slight knocks, but obviously if you have a weak point like I did, then you can break it, and I can't see it surviving a drop on tiles.
I have had many happy cooking sessions with my jugs. I use mine also to help me do cup measurements for American recipes, as 8 fluid ounces is the equivalent to one cup. It is quite easy to measure out flour in this way for my pizza dough and chocolate cake recipes I use, and the measurement scale has not faded at all in many years of use.
The only thing you cannot do with your jug is cook on the hob with it as this would crack the glass. You should also refrain from putting hot glassware straight into cold water as it will crack it. You can tell I have done both these things in my time when not thinking about what I am doing.
I think a pyrex jug is a must have item for everyone's kitchen, and well worth the price tag.
Summary: much better than those plastic jugs you can buy, and should be long lasting.
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