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paieye

Pyrex

I have been cooking all of my life with Pyrex, among other reasons because, though it is not strictly non-sticking, it is exceptionally easy to clean.

I use it in the oven, inside the micro-wave and on the hob, whether gas, electric or Aga-plate, and I have never had any difficulty at all.

However, it seems that Pyrex do not now manufacture glass frying-pans and I wonder, is it now considered unsafe to use this ware on the hob ?

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paieye

Pyrex

Oh dear, I see now that Pyrex is telling users not to put their glassware on to the hob, so it looks as though I must change the habits of a lifetime. How very disappointing, there was nothing like Pyrex.

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Dottie May

Pyrex

Like you paieye, I've used Pyrex for years and years but only in the oven or microwave. I have put plates on the electric hob but only to warm them up. I haven't bought Pyrex products for a very long time but regularly use casserole dishes, plates for tarts and bowls/jugs for for say use in an electric oven/ microwave. Do you have Pyrex saucepans or frying pan which you've used previously on a hob?

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paieye

Pyrex

If I ever had a Pyrex frying-pan, it was so long ago that I have forgotten. However, I have unhesitatingly -- as recently as yesterday -- cooked on the hob with Pyrex glass ovenware.

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paieye

Pyrex

I have just been in touch with Arc International Cookware Ltd (Pyrex) , and here is our correspondence:

Self: I have been an enthusiastic user of &"160;Pyrex cooking-ware all of my life, including &"160;on the hob, but notice that the company are now saying not to do this. &"160;Is using it on the hob considered unsafe ? Is this why there are no
glass frying-pans now ?

Arc: The previous 'glass' fry pans were in fact made from a type of glass called vitro-ceramic which can withstand direct heat such as a hob. &"160;We no longer make these because they did not sell very well. &"160;Our borosilicate glassware is not suitable for hob use and never has been - it is ideal for use in an oven, microwave, and can be stored in a fridge or freezer.

Self: Thank you, but all of our Pyrex glass cooking-ware is at least 35 years old -- &"
160;would that be the older or the newer glass ?


Arc: That would be the older glass with vitro-ceramic so therefore are suitable for use on hob.

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NateJ

Corningware, not pyrex.

I don't know if this is true for UK based variations of these, but Corningware, invented by Corning Glass in New York in the USA for years, here, sold Pyroceram dishes (the original Corningware here) that was safe for the stove top.

They also made Pyrex measuring jugs and dishes.

A number of years ago - late 1990s I think - they sold all their consumer glassware manufactury to World Kitchens.

Declining sales of Pyroceram in the USA meant they no longer sold it here for years, plus, a factory fire in the state of West Virginia stopped production here.

Recently they have begun importing from France some pyroceram sold in the USA as the "Corningware Stovetop."

I note from amazon.co.uk that there is still corningware sold safe for the stove top in Britain:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CorningWare-Classic-Square-10pc-Casserole/dp/B0032C265A/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1377203870&sr=8-9&keywords=corningware+stovetop

Hope this helps!!

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paieye

Pyrex

Thank you, and the Visions skillet (i.e. frying-pan) looks just what I need. However, I have sent the company a message asking about how this ware is cleaned, in particular whether it may be cleaned with abrasives such as the wire-wool pads that are sold.

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NateJ

if something sticks on...

If something sticks on any of my older pyroceram Corningware, I use the same cream that I use to clean a glass hob.

I am from the USA so your products may vary, of course, but here I can buy a slightly abrasive cream and scouring pad designed for cleaning ceram cooktops. It works swimmingly on Pyroceram. No surprise, I suppose; it's the same material!

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paieye

Pyrex

Thank you, that might be the answer.

 
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