It doesn’t matter if you like glass crockery or not, it’s hard to resist it. For this reason, glass cookware is readily found in every kitchen but it’s one of the most sensitive materials to have.
Similarly, hot glass vs. cold glass is a common debate when it comes down to microwaving, heating, and cooking. In this article, we are sharing everything you need to know about these two glass types!
Hot Glass vs Cold Glass
To be honest, hot glass and cold glass are the same (but only to some extent). This is because if the temperature is less than 1200-degrees Fahrenheit, the glass will not change the appearance and the functionality will remain the same. However, hot glass can be extremely dangerous but looks the same as cold glass, so it’s best to wear the mitts.
Hot glass is generally the same cold glass that is heated to certain temperatures for increasing the temperature. Generally, glass has to be heated up to 470-degrees Fahrenheit or higher for heating the glass (in the case of tempered glass). On the other hand, if you are talking about oven-safe glass, it is better to comply with the manufacturer’s rules.
To illustrate, temperatures ranging from 350-degrees Fahrenheit to 500-degrees Fahrenheit are suitable for hot glass. Truth be told, there is no special hot glass in the market as the same glass is heated up and called the hot glass. Some people tend to call oven-safe glassware hot glass, so it depends from person to person (oven-safe glassware is called hot glass because the temperature increases).
However, when it comes down to using the hot glass, you need to be extremely cautious. For instance, you must touch the hot glass with a damp finger and make sure the touch is light and gentle. As for cooling down, it can take around ten to twenty minutes for cooling down the hot glass (this time will bring the hot glass to room temperature).
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that hot glass is a suitable choice for people who like baking and tend to put the glassware in ovens a lot. This is because the hot glass can withstand higher temperatures.
Just like hot glass, cold glass is the same glass that has a low temperature. For the most part, cold glass is referred to as pyrex glass. When you are using pyrex, it is suggested to resist extremely low temperatures because extremely cold dishes are susceptible to breakage. For this reason, cold dishes are not suitable to be placed in hot ovens because sudden temperature changes can result in breakage and shattering.
On the other hand, when you place the cold dish in a cold oven and switch on the oven later, some surfaces of the cold glass will be exposed to intense heat for a higher span of time (when the oven is heating up). On the contrary, some parts of the cold glass will remain cool. The cold glass is tested to withstand the temperature of up to 100-degrees Fahrenheit.
If the heating temperature is increased by more than 100-degrees Fahrenheit, the cold glass will shatter for sure. Some people ask if they can put the refrigerated glass directly into the oven or not. In that case, pyrex cannot be put directly into the oven directly (it is better to bring it down to room temperature first). In simpler words, the refrigerated glass can be put in the oven but frozen glass will shatter.
If your cold glass cookware is made from synthetic glass, it is suggested to keep it away from the microwave ovens because they have a higher chance of explosion and cracking. For people who are concerned about safety, the refrigerated cold glass is suitable for ovens but it’s suggested to temper them before heating.
The cold glass is suitable for people who like having drinks because it can keep the drinks cool for a longer time period. In addition, the cold glass has the capacity to retain the flavors. However, if you are using a cold glass for drinks, we suggest that you don’t use ice because it can result in flat drinks, especially in the case of beers.