Friday, October 01, 2010
Glass Confession #3 ~ Sometimes It Isn't Even Vintage
I love glass and have always used it in my kitchen. Indeed, I am a glass and cast iron kind of cook, with the occasional stainless steel piece here and there. Glass performs beautifully whether you are baking brownies or chicken (not together please). I have long used a covered glass casserole to cook frozen vegetables in the microwave (I tried giving up the microwave for almost a year; it just wasn't worth it).
These Anchor Hocking 12 oz. covered casseroles showed up at my Goodwill last weekend. I knew they weren't vintage, but I also knew that I could find a way to use them. I had just purchased the little Pyrex 080 dishes and had started thinking of the benefits of cooking in individual casseroles, especially as we are a household of food allergies and intolerances. When I make a casserole I have to leave out pepper for one child, cheese for the other, etc. Now not only can I customize for food allergies but I can take into account food preferences as well.
After washing them I did notice something: they don't stack together neatly the way the vintage Pyrex does. I can't figure out why it would have been hard to engineer that, especially since Pyrex already did, more than half a century ago.
Overall I'm not looking for newer glass pieces, but I wasn't going to turn these away just because they sold them very recently.