Baking is an activity that makes you drool and crave while at the same time, it keeps your creative juices flowing. From the process to the products, you can also say that it’s a sophisticated hobby. Not only the ingredients but also the tools used in baking can attest to that. One of those tools is glass bakeware.
Generally, cookware is important, inevitable to be exact, in baking. Because it’s specifically for baking, it is called bakeware too. Of course you need containers for baking, as in the exact stuff where you put the ingredients altogether before you put them into the oven. Yes, those pans and trays you use for baking! That’s what we’re talking about, but here, to be precise, glass bakeware.
A lot of people, who don’t know how to bake, are not interested in it or are rookies, do not agree that glass bakeware is among the best baking apparatuses ever! Because of the popular crucial downside of glass cookware — that it usually cracks and breaks in high temperatures, it gets underrated and underappreciated. But the truth is that it is one of the royal highnesses in the kitchen! Why? How?
Well, you’d know best if you keep reading! Here are the 8 advantages of using glass bakeware!
1 – Glass bakeware is naturally non-stick.
When baking, one of the biggest struggles is when the ingredients stick to the pan. It does not simply create mess. What’s worse is that it can ruin the presentable visuals of the finished baked products. It’s heartbreaking to see the cake you’ve been working on for hours just go into shambles because the base got stuck onto the baking pan you used. Urgh!
Good thing, glass bakeware exists, and you can use it to avoid such issues! Because it is naturally non-stick, glass bakeware ensures that you’re comfortable when baking, that there are no stressful pullings of baking ingredients that remain glued to the baking pan. It assures you that your creations are kept pretty ‘til the end!
If you think that’s all, well, glass bakeware is also safer than other cookware that’s sealed with non-stick films. The glass material itself does not need such coatings, so you don’t have to worry about your glass bakeware exuding dangerous chemicals to your baked food. Bake handily and safely!
2 – You can clearly see what’s in the pan.
Unless you’re an expert baker or a really confident rookie baker, you won’t be so bothered about how the ingredients look as they’re mixed together. But nonetheless, seeing them while you’re baking helps a lot. Glass bakeware is what you need to do that.
Using glass pans, you can clearly see what’s in them. You see what you put into your mixtures, and you see whether or not you have stirred them well. Cake flour, bread flour, pizza flour, yeast, dough, cocoa, nuts and more ingredients are super visible! You can determine if they are properly pounded, spread and blended inside your glass basins and skillets.
Because glass bakeware is see-through, you can directly supervise what’s happening to your baking, and you can move accordingly. Not only the top can be viewed but even the bottom of your soon-to-be-finished baked goodies!
3 – Food won’t be discolored or off-flavored.
Sometimes, your baked products are perfect except that the pans ruined their looks because of discoloration or produced unwanted tastes that come from the pans themselves. That often happens when you use the wrong cookware.
Use glass pans to never experience this problem. Why? Because glass bakeware is non-reactive! Food won’t be discolored or off-flavored when you use it because glass does not invade your ingredients. It also does not give off or suck up color, smell or taste.
Just as mentioned previously, glass bakeware is not made of chemical varnishes unlike other kitchen apparatuses, so your food can be kept healthy, safe and untainted in and out!
4 – Glass vessels are ideal for beginner bakers.
If you’re a beginner baker, glass vessels are best for you to use, so you can easily monitor the process. You can avoid common baking mistakes if you do so. You can also be more confident than you are if you have a clear view of your own baking methods.
5 – You can find microwave-proof glass pans.
There are countless brands that sell microwave-proof glass pans. You can find and buy them yourself! Using these is so advantageous because that means these pans are resistant to heat, shock and impact. They can handle shifts in temperature while baking.
6 – Your food remains hot on glass dishes.
Not everybody is aware of this, but your food remains hot on glass bakeware, and the glass itself makes that possible. Due to its lower thermal conductivity compared to other materials, glass allows food to stay hot for quite a long time. Yes, although glass vessels are thicker, heavier and slower to warm up, it keeps your food hotter and longer than you think!
That means you do not have to hurry up praying before meals when you have your cake, brownies or pastas on your glass bakeware!
7 – Glass bakeware looks good on the dining table.
No one can deny it! Glass bakeware looks very good on the dining table. It’s elegant and posh! Your dinner table becomes more romantic and stylish with glass bowls and dishes on it. You won’t have a difficult time setting up and decorating the table because these glass tools are versatile and timeless!
8 – Glass is quick and easy to clean!
Last but not the least, after baking or after eating, it’s time to clean up! No worries about hard-to-remove stains on your baking tubs and saucepans if you’re using glass bakeware. That’s because glass is quick and easy to clean. Your arms won’t feel tired and numb after battling on the kitchen sink because you can almost effortlessly rub and scrub glass bakeware, and the food remnants will be washed off in no time!
Glass bakeware is pretty, serviceable, safe and very flexible in terms of where you can use it! Stainless steel, metal and cast iron baking pans have astounding leads, but glass pans don’t back down too. Put them on the dining table, and you will see the big, beautiful and classy difference they make on your simple dinner nights! The list above has just proved that!
Best use your glass bakeware for baked meat dishes, pastas, pies, bread puddings, baked eggs, casseroles and the like! Have fun baking, serving and eating!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.