SHATTERING PIE PANS
Earlier this year, when we still could travel, I took a trip to visit family across the country. During the visit I introduced my four-year-old great-nephew to pie making. In preparation for our session I went to a store in the area and bought a pie pan…a Pyrex pie pan…you know the one that has that greenish cast to it that you may have heard is made with a different formula than old Pyrex.
We made pie. A great big apple pie and oh it was beautiful!
Well, it was beautiful until I took it out of the oven and set it on a sheet pan, and when I did, can you guess what happened?
Yup, it exploded and shattered!
Let me tell you, this was super dramatic. And I was so dissapointed.
WHAT TO DO?
Well, I wanted the family to have a pie for dessert, and I was not going to let them be pie deprived, so I headed back out to another store, and scored big time with a beautiful Emile Henry pan with fluted edges on sale for $15. I quickly put together a Chess Pie.
I no longer recommend Pyrex for new purchases as that formula has been changed and if you search online you’ll find a lot of people have had not so great experiences using it.
But OXO has stepped up to the plate and is making glass bakeware from borosilicate glass, the stuff that Pyrex used to be made from. Borosilicate glass is thermal-shock resistant, so dishes can go from the freezer to a pre-heated oven, or be placed on a counter to cool without worrying about cracking or shattering.
And for those who will be continuing to use the new formula Pyrex glass baking vessels, it is imperative to set it on a dry towel or potholder when it comes out of the oven piping hot.
And the apple pie? We’ll just have to save making that for our next visit, whether in real time or virtual time.