The creative aspect of cooking can be fun for a lot of people but the hard work that comes with creativity in the kitchen can be tiring, that’s why we need all the convenience we can get in the kitchen to ensure cooking remains fun. In these recent times, we have had lots of kitchen appliances made to suit our purposes, get jobs done faster, and most importantly; get them done with ease and comfort.
And every day, the desire for comfort and ease continues to spread. Talking of ease in the kitchen, what’s a more convenient way to double-check your recipe without interfering with the cooking process or temperature than using a see-through glass lid? We can use pots or pans with glass lids for poaching, braising, and stewing.
Glass lids are ideal and easy for oven use. But the question is, Are they safe for oven use? Do they pose a threat to your oven? Or can they stand the heat exposure of the oven without damage?
Are glass lids oven-proof?
It is very important to know about any material, its component, and heat resistance before placing it in the oven. So, is it safe to place the glass lid into an oven? Yes, glass lids are safe for use in the oven because the glass material can tolerate high temperatures up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Glass cookware that is oven-safe can be used to cook food in the oven without cracking or melting.
There are some necessary precautions to take to ensure that they remain safe. Some factors can cause the glass to break in the oven and it is important to avoid these factors. Here are some of the safety measures to take to ensure that your glass cookware remains safe for use.
Immediate temperature changes
The last thing you want is for your pan’s glass lid to shatter while you’re baking. As a result, it’s critical to keep the lid at a safe temperature. Glass lids can usually withstand high temperatures of up to 392°F (200°C). But when the temperature changes fast it can cause your glass cookware to crack or even break. For example, when you get your glass cookware out of the refrigerator, you should let it cool down to room temperature before putting it in an oven. Preferably a pre-heated oven.
Check for previous cracks
Before using glass cookware, be sure to examine it and make sure it was not previously cracked or broken. If it is broken or cracked you might want to change it to one that is not cracked. When heat passes through the crack it might break it. So it’s better to be safe.
Use oven-safe glass only
An oven-safe glass is specially made for cooking purposes. Oven-safe glass is tougher than regular glass. A way to know oven-safe glass is by checking for a seal that certifies that it is safe to use in an oven, microwave, and dishwasher. If it does not carry this seal. You probably should not use it to cook.
Let us tell you what the ideal oven glass should be.
What is the ideal type of glass lids for an oven?
Although any glass utensil you buy for your kitchen would always specify if it is safe for your oven or microwave. It is important to examine what type of glass is suitable for oven use.
The best type of glass to use is “tempered glass”. This type of glass has already been processed by using both chemical and thermal procedures. The thermal procedure enables the glass to be heat-resistant and thereby safe for oven use. This glass is tougher and stronger than regular glass. This type of glass because of its vigorous processing should be smooth around the edges.
When used properly glass can be very can be a very healthy substitute order cooking utensil materials like aluminum, ceramic, or plastic.
So here is why you should use glass instead.
Benefits of using glass cookware
There are various benefits of using glass cookware, from its aesthetic value to its health benefits. Glass cooking utensils are very durable when handled properly. Let us show you a few of these benefits.
Glass cookware is by far the healthiest type of cookware you can use in your kitchen. Most iron pans that are modeled as “non-stick” usually contain harmful chemicals that are used to make sure that your food doesn’t stick to the pan. E.g Teflon. These chemicals are often released into our food.
A safer alternative that also provides the non-stick feature is glass cookware. It does not emit harmful toxins into food. It keeps your food as nourishing and delicious as you want it.
Keeps food warmer for longer
In addition to its aesthetic value. It is important to note that oven-safe glass retains heat for a longer time than other cookware materials. This means that your food would stay fresh for a long period.
Although it takes a longer time to heat up when it does, the heat is distributed evenly. This allows your food to cook evenly too. So with glass cookware, you’ll be having perfectly cooked meals.
It is easy to clean
Glass cooking utensils are easier to clean than others. This is because it does not retain any food particles or ingredients. With cold water and soap, you would be able to clean your glass cookware. Unlike others that may require you to use hot water or other tedious methods of cleaning.
It is non-reactive
Some cookware materials often influence the taste of your food, for example, A plastic material might give your food a rubbery taste, A metal material might dry out your food but glass cookware is non-reactive.
This means that glass would not interfere with your food. It would not absorb some ingredients or flavor from your food and it would not add any other taste to your food.
It is transparent
This is one of the best features of glass cookware. This feature allows you to monitor your food without disturbing the temperature of the meal, especially when you cook food in the oven. You can ensure your food is properly mixed and evenly cooked.
We hope you enjoy using your glass cookware!