There are certain types of glassware that were made to be resilient to the heat and high temperatures in the oven. You can usually find heat-resistant glassware at the local supermarket where all the cooking utilities are. It is very important whenever you use glassware and plan to put it in the oven to bake or cook something that you make sure it is specifically made for that. If you were to put glass in an oven that is not heat resistant you risk it shattering. If that were to happen it would make a big mess, and you might even get hurt. Breaking glass should never be taken lightly and results in many injuries every year. Whenever you are in the cooking supplies area of the store, the glassware should come with a label letting you know that it is resilient and can be placed in the oven.
Do Not Put Cracked Glass in the Oven
Even if your glassware is built to resist the heat, you should never put it in the oven if there are cracks in it. The cracks will likely result in the glassware shattering. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Make sure to handle your glassware with extra caution to try to avoid the possibility of accidentally breaking it or making a crack.
Even if you are careful and cautious though, a lot of times these things happen with time. Even being put in the oven time and time again can result in your glassware cracking, even if it is heat resistant. Most things have a lifespan, and it is important to understand when it is time to replace something. Remember, glassware is dangerous, especially when shattered. It is better to spend a few dollars to replace your glassware rather than to go to the hospital for stitches.
Heat Resistant Glassware Has a Temperature Limit
Even heat-resistant glassware has a limit on how much heat it can take. Make sure to thoroughly research the brand of glassware and find out what these temperature limits are. It will also likely tell you on the label of the glassware. Once you know the temperature limit, it is best to not test the waters. The limit could be anywhere between 300-400 degrees.
Typically, heat-resistant glassware’s temperature limit is around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure whenever you are buying your glassware that the recipe or recipes that you plan on making do not go above the heat limit. Keep in mind, if the recipe calls for a higher temperature, you can just keep it in longer on a lower temperature and it will likely produce the same delicious results.
Glassware Does Not Do Well With Sudden Temperature Changes
Your heat-resistant glass is not meant to go from extremely hot to extremely cold all of a sudden. If your recipe calls for your dish to be cooled in the refrigerator after it has been cooked, it is best to sit the dish aside and let it cool naturally. If you have to pull your hand away whenever you touch the glass because it is too hot, then it is way to hot to be put in the refrigerator. If you do put something in glassware straight in the refrigerator right after it came out of the oven, it will likely result in cracks, or in the worst-case scenario, shattered glass. So, give the glassware dish the time it needs to cool by itself. Usually, it will be ready to be put in the refrigerator in between 15-30 minutes.
There Are Many Different Types of Heat Resistant Glassware
Some heat-resistant glassware products work much better than others. The best way to know if the heat-resistant glassware is right for you is to read plenty of reviews and see what people say about it. Most heat-resistant glassware products are made up of silica or soda-lime, those are heat resilient materials. Some types of heat-resistant glass work very well and even exceed the usual temperature for which glass will shatter. Ceramic glass is great for cooking things at a very high temperature, some types of ceramic glass can even withstand temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind, the more resistant the glassware is, the more it will cost. For these types of products, it is best to go with the slightly more expensive brand or item because it will last longer, and you will be able to do much more with it.
What to Do if Your Glassware Has Shattered
Sometimes this kind of thing will happen, even if you take the appropriate precautions to prevent it. So, if your glassware does break in the kitchen due to the oven, you need to know how to safely clean it up without getting hurt.
- Remove kids or pets from the situation. It is for their personal safety. Make sure to put up a gate or something to prevent them from coming back to the scene of the accident.
- Make sure your shoes are closed-toed. If you are wearing sandals or any other type of exposed shoe it is dangerous for you to attempt to clean up the glass. Make sure you are wearing safe shoes.
- Put on gloves, this does not protect you completely, but it does help
- pick up the largest shards first. The largest shards of glass are the easiest to see and the easiest to pick up by hand. Carefully dispose of them in the trashcan.
- Sweep up the area to get the other tiny pieces, make sure to properly dispose of them in the trashcan as well.
- Vacuum the area if you can, vacuuming will get the pieces you could not get with a broom and dust pan. It is very important to get each and every shard of glass picked up. Even the smallest shard could cause serious injury for any person, child, or animal to anyone who stepped on it.
All in all, usually glass is able to withstand the heat if it has been specifically made for that. To keep yourself, your kids, and your pets safe, you should do your research before deciding on any products so you know exactly what to expect whenever you get it.