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Review of Pyrex Oblong Roaster
Pyrex is a well-known brand of kitchen ware that I am sure most readers will be familiar with. I own quite a lot of Pyrex and really could not do without it.
This review centres on the oblong roaster.
This is a plain but very practical piece of cookware which like all Pyrex dishes is suitable for oven use; it is dishwasher proof and can also be used in the microwave and freezer. The material that Pyrex is made from is made from is called 'Borosilicate Glass', this product has high thermal shock resistance, hence its versatility.
Pyrex make their roaster in several sizes, the roaster in front of me measures 7" by 10". The roaster is fairly shallow in comparison to my metal roasting tins at approximately 2" deep. The Pyrex Roaster is a thick clear glass version, I know some years ago the company made solid coloured cookware, but I am not sure whether think this style is still available.
I do not really use mine for roasting meat, as I am a vegetarian and my meat eating partner is not particularly fond of roast dinners, simply because if we buy a chicken or joint of meat, he ends up eating it for days on end! I find this is excellent for cooking roast potatoes and other vegetables. I also utilise it for baked dishes such as lasagnes, pasta bakes and sweet dishes such as fruit crumbles.
The oblong shaped roaster has a handy lip at either end which has slightly raised areas; these make it easy to lift in and out of the oven. I consider this to be a very versatile, hard wearing piece of kitchenware. My Pyrex roaster is well over 30 years old; it was actually given to me as a wedding present back in 1975 and has out lasted my marriage by almost two decades!
Considering the age and amount of wear this dish has received, it is still in remarkably good condition. Pyrex is known as a very durable, easy-care range and this roaster is no exception.
Caring for your Pyrex is simple. Mine has only ever been washed by hand, although Pyrex can be safely washed in a dishwasher, I don't own one! I find that if something does get stuck on the surface of the roaster, a quick soak in warm soapy water and a scrub with the washing up brush brings the roaster back to its sparkling self.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I consider Pyrex to be a kitchen must-have; it is easy to care for, practical in use and very versatile. Being such a simple, clear glass design, this Pyrex dish can be used both in the kitchen and as tableware. We often use our various Pyrex dishes as serving dishes too and their practical styling means they will go with any design of crockery.
I have no idea how much my Pyrex dish would have cost all those years ago, however I can advise that this roaster currently sells for around £4-£5 from various stockists, in my opinion this represents very good value for money particularly as Pyrex offer a 10 year guarantee on their products.
I would definitely recommend this Pyrex Roaster to others as it is excellent quality and a very useful item. I am awarding it a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 September 2012
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I am in the middle of making a lovely roasted lamb Sunday dinner for my family and no roast would be complete without gorgeous crunchy hot, fluffy in the middle roasted potatoes. In order to achieve this perfect accompaniment I have a Pyrex large roaster which works really well and is a dish I have used for years now.
I have a number of Pyrex dishes and in my opinion they are the perfect cookware. They are very cheap to purchase when you start your collection, I think this large roaster cost us about £5 a few years ago and they are similar prices now. They also come with a 10 year guarantee should you ever need to replace it but ours is still going strong after all these years, doesn't have any cracks or nicks in it and although it has some baked on oil on it, it comes up clean whenever I wash it and I always expect to have a little baked on oil that you can't shirt after a few years.
What I really like about this dish is that its quite deep and so when I coat my potatoes in hot oil and roast them I can take the dish out of the oven half way through roasting and give it a shake to distribute the hot oil and seasoning again and the potatoes stay in the dish and more importantly do not splash hot oil all over me. The high sides keep it from splashing too much in the oven too which is nice. The roaster is 6cm deep which is quite deep for a dish so like I've said above I like that.
The roaster also has two small handles on the shorter side of this rectangular dish so it makes it easy to take it out of the oven and also when you need to give it a shake half way through cooking.
According to some information I read, "this Pyrex roaster is made from borosilicate glass, a special blend of components that are heated to very high temperatures and melted to form glass. It can withstand temperatures of 300 degrees and is microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe." I don't have a need to cook anything to 300 degrees I don't think but its good to know you can.
So, for perfect potatoes, boil them for a few minutes before you put them in this roasting dish, then run a fork down the sides to give them a bit of texture, they come out lovely and crispy if you do this, put some hot oil on them, a bit of rock salt and pepper and cook for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees, perfect!!
When it comes to dating someone that is a chef that can only be deemed as a good thing believe me however it wasnt so good when he went through my kitchen throwing stuff out and demanding things he needed to use from now on! The one thing I didn't have at the time that he complained was a roasting dish for vegetables and meat and the likes and so when I went online mooching about on Amazon I came accross this dish that seemed perfect for our needs and being Pyrex I couldn't wait to get it as I know the quality from this brand is usually excellent and already owned rather a few things that I liked.
The Dish Itself:
Well its rectangle in shape and a rather large see through glass dish this one and it measures 30x20cm. It doesn't have a lid this one and it has integrated and slightly embossed handles to help with easy gripping, one to each end. This is oven, freezer and dishwasher safe and even has a 10 year guarantee which of course shows the quality we should expect from it. We have roasted meat, vegetables and potatoes in this....him all to perfection....me well I'm obviously not as a good as cook as he is but even I have found this to be a great dish. Its strong and sturdy and when soaked and given a quick scrub with a brillo pad always comes up clean and although we have used this often it isn't marked at all and infact looks as good as new.
You can really cook anything you want to in this, its a great family size and we have found no issues with this at all and i'm actually at the moment looking for yet more dishes from Pyrex to buy as they are simply perfect for our needs!
I bought this from Amazon for £10.99 including postage and packaging though Google if interested of course!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have now had this dish for several years and it has come in handy for several different cooking chores! It currently costs £7.50 in Sainsbury's. It measures 35x23cm.
As anyone that is familiar with the Pyrex brand will know these products are tough and durable. This dish is no exception. It feels incredibly tough and strong. The whole dish is made of glass, including the two handles which are situated at each end of the dish. the handles are well designed so it's really easy to pick up and hold and you don't feel like it's going to slip out of your hands!
Safe to use
The great thing about this dish is that you can use it anywhere with no problems. It can go in an oven up to 300 degrees, as well as the dishwasher freezer and microwave. So you can cook pretty much whatever you like in this dish without having to worry about whether or not you can stick it in the oven and so on.
Pasta for everyone
One of the main things I use this dish for is to make pasta bakes - great when I have my little nieces and nephew over to visit as I find it's a simple meal that pleases everyone - including the grown-ups. And this dish is deep and large enough to fit in a really good amount of food, so you know people won't go hungry! And with cheese on the top going in the oven or under the grill, this of course can leave a sticky (and sometimes slightly burnt) mess round the edges of the dish. But pop this in the dishwasher and it comes out sparklingly clean!
I find the dish is also good for lasagnes and other meals that require you to use a roasting dish. I also use this for serving up various things as it looks perfectly presentable.
A great dish
Overall, this is a fantastic and versatile dish. You can cook pretty much anything in it and it is reassuring to know that you can put it in a hot oven or microwave without any problems. And of course it's an added bonus that it's so easy to wash - even hand washing this isn't a problem as I find it comes out clean (although you may need a good amount of scrubbing depending what you've been cooking!).
As I say, I have now had this for several years and it honestly looks as good as new - no chips or anything. It is such a tough, strong dish that I can only highly recommend it to anyone, whatever you tend to cook! It has a range of uses and you won't be disappointed with this dish!
I enjoy cooking when I have enough time and we tend to eat a lot of roasted vegetables in our house and this Pyrex roasting dish is what I tend to use for this.
Pyrex is probably the most well known name for its tough ovenproof glass cookware. The glass is very strong so can withstand high temperatures, the higest I have used is 250c. Pyrex dishes can be used in the oven, microwave and freezer (this one is way too big for my microwave though!. They are stain proof, scratch proof and come with a 10 year waranty which I think is fantastic although I have never had to claim as yet.
The rectangular Pyrex roaster I have measures 39 cm x 25 cm. It has easy grip handles to help when lifting it from the oven (although these could do with being slightly bigger as hey are harder to grip with oven gloves). The dish is the perfect size to roast a large chicken with roast potatoes and / or vegetables. I also use it for making lasagne if we are having guests or I'm making up a batch to freeze etc.
I bought this dish for £7 at Home bargains which I think is a fantastic bargin for a dish that will continue to be used over and over again.
Overall I'd recommend the name Pyrex and this particular roasting dish as it's been used countless times in our house.
Thank you for reading!
When I had my new kitchen fitted about eighteen months ago I decided to replace and add to some of my bake ware and Pyrex. In fact, as part of my Christmas present, hubby bought me a new cake tin and two new baking trays and I was delighted!
When we were in Tesco's just after Christmas they had a pile of Pyrex casseroles and roasters in their sale so I treated myself to a couple of the roasters. I already have enough casseroles together with measuring jugs, plates and small cooking dishes in my Pyrex collection! My kitchen would not be complete without Pyrex!
One of the ones that I bought this time is the Pyrex 232B000 Excellence Roaster and I am sure it only cost me about £8 but looking around now the price is more like £16 on the Internet so a bit of shopping around would be called for if buying one now.
The roaster came with a piece of green card nestling inside it giving a bit of information about Pyrex in 16 different languages!
This roaster measures 39cm by 25cm although there are lots of other sizes available too. It is made from clear Pyrex and has a handle built into each end so it is easy to grip so that it can be lifted safely from the oven. As with all Pyrex products it comes with a ten year guarantee - not that this will be needed - Pyrex seems to last forever!
Being Pyrex means that it is non stick and heatproof and so is safe to put into the oven or microwave. It is safe to put in the dishwasher, fridge or freezer and will cope safely with very hot or very cold water. You are advised not to put a very hot Pyrex dish on a cold surface or to run very cold water onto a hot dish but I have to say that I have never had any problems when I have done this without thinking.
It is easy to clean and, even if some of the food gets burnt or dried on, I find that a soak in a bowl of hot water complete with my trusty Fairy Liquid brings it up bright and shiny and good as new.
This roaster is great for cooking a joint of meat or a chicken. I just pop the meat in and then cover the whole thing with aluminium foil to keep the juices in and then in the oven it goes. I have also used this roaster for cooking roast vegetables. This one is also ideal if I am cooking a pie or a lasagne for four of us. So you see it is very versatile and has many uses.
Well, I'm afraid this one is a very short review, as there isn't much more to be said about this product! It's Pyrex, it's brilliant and I couldn't do without it! Enough said!
I was recently looking around my house for products I hadn't yet rated, and it was only when I started going through my cupboards that I truly appreciated how many Pyrex products I have! Obviously, Pyrex is a household name and yet I was completely aware that practically all of the glass dishes in my cupboards (and there are many!) are manufactured by Pyrex!
This Pyrex dish is probably the one I use the most often - infact I would go as far as to say that I probably use it every day. It is the kind of size that can be used for any baking - and it's a good enough size to be able to fit family size portions in it almost regardless of what I'm cooking. It's a rectangular dish which measures 40cm x 25cm and so it's big enough to cook a joint of meat, a roast chicken, roast potatoes, a family size lasagne.....you get the drift. It is very useful because of it's universality.
As with other Pyrex dishes, this dish is made of glass which is thermal resistant and therefore it can be used in the oven, the microwave, the fridge and even the freezer. In my experience, this dish is incredibly resilient and really does work well in all of these different environments. I used to always use metal dishes when roasting because for some reason I just thought that this would produce a better roasting effect - but having started to use this glass dish for roasting, I have found that it roasts incredibly well......with the advantage of being easier to clean afterwards. The only negative I find is that the dish is harder to hold when hot because there are no proper grips on the side of it.
I have some Pyrex products that have a 10 year guarantee - and for some reason this dish only has a 5 year guarantee. Having said that, I have had it for more than 5 years and it's still good as new with no chips or scratches. It can go in the dishwasher - although I do find that it often needs soaking for 10 minutes before putting it in the dishwasher if it's going to some up sparkling clean.
I can't remember how much I paid for the Pyrex 232B000 Excellence Roaster but I have seen it online recently for between £12 - £15 - which seems a great price considering it's going to last a long time.
Overall, I really think this is a great cooking product and it's one of those basic dishes that really should be a staple in any kitchen. Its true that it's not a sexy product, but it is probably something I use when cooking more than anything else.
When I moved into my new home a few years ago I bought a large amount of kitchenware and chose Pyrex as a brand for many of my items. Pyrex has been making glassware since the 1940's and is a household brand name when it comes to glassware. These products are extremely reliable and this is backed up by their 10 year manufacturer's guarantee.
*Price and availability*
There are a variety of sizes that range in cost. The one I purchased was £14.99 and was one of the largest sizes. You can choose a smaller one that is cheaper.
I chose this roasting dish because it is large and can accommodate large items. I have roasted a massive Christmas turkey in this bowl and had room for roast potatoes. The dimensions of the roasting dish are 39cm by 25 cm.
The roasting dish is made from toughened Borosilicate Glass, which gives this product a high thermal shock resistance meaning it is Oven Safe to 300 degress C. It is quite thick glass which means that it is also very heavy! It weighs about 2 kg so it can be a bit of handful when you getting it out of the oven, especially if it is laden with roast joints of meat. On both sides of the roasting dish are easy to grip handles that are the right size for gripping with bare skin or with an oven glove.
I have had my Pyrex for 7 years now and it is still in fantastic condition. There are no cracks or scratches on the glass and it does not hold on to odours. The glass looks brand new which is surprising because I must use at least once a week. If I am not using it for baking or cooking, I often use it as a serving bowl because it looks smart enough.
The Pyrex is safe in the microwave and it is also safe for storing in the fridge or freezer. However I have never had it in the microwave or the freezer as it just will not fit! I have had it in the fridge when saving some leftover food. When it comes to cleaning, the bowl can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. It does tend to get some quite burnt on food so it tends to need a good soak before washing. I tend to just leave it half filled with water and a splash of washing up liquid to loosen stubborn particles.
I would fully recommend this roaster as it comes in so handy. I like it because it is so robust and you really can do anything you want with it. This roasting dish is an investment and should last you a long time.
==Pyrex Large Roaster==
Being a big lover of all the Pyrex items whether it be the glass kitchen ware or the metal items I really do have a lot of their products and I cannot rate them highly enough. This item I have is one of the pieces that I have more or less inherited from my mother in law when they moved from the island up to Lincoln and seeing as they had a large pub with a fully stocked kitchen they had a lot of items that they weren't planning to take with them. So I managed to more or less stock my kitchen with everything anyone would ever need to be able to cook for the masses! (Plus I took a lot which I later sold at boot sales!)
This large Pyrex roaster is one of the items that I do actually use regularly and I wouldn't dream of taking it to a boot sale because of this fact. It is a handy item which is more or less indestructible and even though I guess my mother in law would have had it a good few years before we got hold of it and the fact that we must have had it coming up 8 years it is still in a fantastic condition.
These dishes can sell for around £15 which is still a really good price for the brand and the item you are buying. The Pyrex range is on half price off in Morrison's at the moment but can often be found on offer in a whole host of different shops. Tesco's have a large range of their cook wear items and strangely enough Matalan stock a lot of it also and all for a really competitive price. It seems the internet is also a good place to look for a bargain but when taking into account the postage and packaging price of the item it might be a better idea to find out where is selling the cheapest and head to the high street shops to get it.
The dish itself is a large size at 39 cm by 25 cm and is suitable for a whole load of cooking projects. The fact that it is stain resistant, relatively easy to clean makes it a far better roaster to by when comparing it to other such items. It can be put in the dishwasher although a lot of the time I find it better to leave it soak and then wash it by hand as when roasting items in it they will often get crusted on to the glass and the dishwasher won't always get rid of every trace.
Not only is it dishwasher safe but it is also fine to put in the freezer and fridge if you so wish. The strong glass that is it made up of is so very tough that it can take either really cold or really high temperatures (up to 300 degrees just like every other Pyrex glass item).
The dish is a nice size to be able to do my pasta bakes in and the two little build in glass handles on either side of the dish make it easy to get in and out of the oven without struggling at all. I will often cook the chicken in it on a Sunday and it is perfect for all kinds of meats even though I tend to cover over my chicken with some tin foil so that it doesn't spit the fat all over my oven but this is easily done and although a lidded roaster may be a little better this tray is still a very versatile and useful dish to have in the cupboard.
As with all my Pyrex items I really cannot rate them highly enough and I certainly wouldn't be without them. They can take a good deal of rough handling and unless I threw it at a brick wall I can't ever see it breaking. It has got to be worthy of a top 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Pyrex is a name that I love using in my kitchen just because I know that they can be relied on. Their products are designed to be durable, toughened and long lasting. They are resistant to extremes of warm and freezing temperatures. They are suitable for use in the dishwasher, microwave and oven and the dishes can go from the freezer to the microwave or oven instantly with no problem at all. Although you'd need a large microwave for this particular dish so it's not something I've attempted! My brother actually brought me this last year for a Christmas present from him and his partner which was just what I wanted and has been used so many times now! I'm not sure exactly how much my brother paid for this but I know it was from Tesco, also, this is available from Amazon, from a private seller (July 2011) for around £18.00.
I have been using this since mid December when I received this as a Christmas present and it has probably been in use at least once a week since then. The dish is still just as sturdy and pristine as the day I first received it. I find that once I cook a messy dish in this (such as lasagne) I can just soak it with some washing up liquid in the sink and then after an hour or two I am able to easily remove any crusted on cheese or tomato sauce.
This dish is robust, hard wearing and I have had absolutely no problems at all with this in the six or seven months I have been using it. The dish is a decent size, 39x25cm so is large enough to make a meal for a family of four and as we often have guests this is ideal for us. The quality is excellent and the two handles make for easy removal from the oven when hot with my oven mitts. I really cannot fault this product, it's very simple for me to leave a prepared meal in the fridge and then just come back to it and put it straight in the oven when I return home from work. I am pleased with the size, the thickness and the quality, it cooks my meals just the way I want them and is just perfect for what I need it for. As always with Pyrex I'd firmly recommend it!
==A little bit about Pyrex==
Pyrex is a brand name for glassware, introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915.
Originally, Pyrex was made from borosilicate glass. In the 1940s the composition was changed for some products to tempered soda-lime glass, which is the most common form of glass used in glass bakeware in the US and has higher mechanical strength so is less vulnerable to breakage when dropped (the leading cause of breakage in glass bakeware) In 1998, Corning divested its consumer products division which subsequently adopted the name World Kitchen.
==Now on with my review==
Well for some reason I have never been too keen on these metal roasting dishes so when I saw this one I had to buy it and see if I preferred it. I bought it for around £8, and as I usually only cook for 2 or 3 people it was maybe little on the big side, but that meant I had plenty of space to put my roast potatoes in.
==What can it be used for==
Well as the name of it suggests it is a roasting dish, which means it is used to roast your meat in, and I have never tried to use it for anything else, although you probably could do. I would say with the shape you would be able to use it for lasagne although this is not something I would try to make myself, my cooking skills do not stretch that far loll.
==How to use best==
I always wrap my meat in tinfoil for the first hour of cooking as I find that this makes sure the meat cooks in the middle first before burning on the outside, then i open the tin foil up but leave the meat resting on the tin foil, the reason I do this is for cleaning purposes. Also I find it easier to take the meat out by just lifting it off the tin foil, I have also tried to cook it without leaving the tin foil in and the roast potatoes just stuck to the bottom of the roasting dish, so I would recommend using tin foil as it does make it a lot easier.
Before I ever clean this obviously I let it cool down first then I rinse it in hot water, before I leave it to soak in hot soapy water for a while, it does not take that much cleaning when I do this, however the time I did not use tin foil it was awful to clean, I had potatoe all stuck to the bottom of the dish and burnt onto it so I had to do a lot of scrubbing. But normally now the way I do it is pretty simple and easy to clean.
I did prefer this to the metal roasting dish, although it is somewhat heavier so you have to be careful when lifting it in and out of the oven. It is very hard wearing and as yet I have had no problems with any type of cracks or breakages with it. There is no time limit on how long you can leave it in the oven for, it will never break in the oven, which I think is pretty amazing for a glass roasting dish. Should this ever break for any reason I will be going out to buy another one, as I would not be without it now.
39X25cm Large glass roaster / Dishwasher, freezer, oven and microwave safe.