Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pyrex Explodes

Last night I baked chicken in my Pyrex dish. I sat the dish on top of the oven, removed the chicken and sat down to eat.

Suddenly there was a loud bang behind me.

My Pyrex dish had exploded.


The dish actually melted the rug I have had for 27 years. My mother-in-law gave me those rugs when we moved into our home. We had to throw it away.



It broke into large pieces, but also into little pieces that were as fine as sand.


It took us a long time to clean up so that we felt like we had all of the glass removed. We had to move the refrigerator and everything on the counters.


This is the second Pyrex dish I have had break. Another dish broke into four large pieces once while it was in the oven cooking.



This was my favorite dish, now a distant memory. I used it for everything.


I'm just glad I had left the area, because if one of those shards of glass had hit me in the throat, I'd have lost my head.

13 comments:

  1. That happened to my mother in law, well sadly not to her it was her Pyrex dish that exploded into a thousand fragments. In this case she had set the dish on a hot burner. Perhaps even if the burner is off it creates a temperature difference and the glass can't handle the stress. I heard that the new dishes are made in China and are not up to the same quality so if you can find a good used one, it may be better.

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    1. Ah, but we are told this dish was 27 years old, so China isn't to blame.

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    2. No, the rug I had to throw away was 27 years old. The dish was only about 8 years old at the most.

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  2. is this the new pyrex? i've heard it's not as good now as our original stuff...i look for it at goodwill, the older ones...i'm glad you weren't hurt...oh, never mind, i see where it is the newer pyrex...yes, china is to blame like always for our cheap stuff! sorry about the loss of the rug..

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    1. Actually, the lid for the dish says "made in the USA" so I don't think we can blame China for this one.

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  3. oh, no, i am so glad to hear you were no where near the accident. i hope it went well in the cleaning process. ... that sounds terrible. i love my pyrex ... i wonder what went wrong? you know come to think of it ... my mother-in-law & i were talking about pyrex several years ago --- & she they were in the news for their pots exploding. not sure which type? have you checked with pyrex (the company) themselves? not sure how old the pan was? you would think they would tell the public if there was indeed a real problem. i will ask the "MIL" more if you would like to know the tidbits? have a nice week. ( :

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  4. I've heard the newer (last decade or two) pyrex isn't as good as the old. I still have some 1960s & 1970s-era pyrex I use. There's lots of info on the Internet about exploding pyrex. Here's one that explains why the newer stuff explodes: http://www.techfragments.com/1608/exploding-pyrex-cookware

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    1. Thank Becky. I am going to switch to metal pans for my cooking, I think, since this is the second one I've had break.

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  5. Bummer. I'm glad you got your dinner before it happened. I guess they don't make stuff as well as they used to.

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  6. I've never heard of such a thing. And you had it TWICE. I'm glad you didn't have a chicken dish to die for! And it is even dangerous to clean up. I hate getting glass and slices in my fingers, a side joy of making stained glass. But it never EXPLODES at me!

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  7. That's quite scary to think that you could have been seriously hurt... to hell with the rugs, just glad you weren't cut.

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  8. That's horrid! I'm so glad no one in your house was hurt because it would have probably hurt anyone near it. Thanks for blogging about this. My daughters might have some of this stuff so I'm going to warn them.

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  9. Oh, this happened to use once, too, but as with your first experience, it exploded in the oven and broke into large, easy to remove pieces.

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