Heat Resistant Ovenware
Ovenware come in different sizes and styles. Given the high degree of heat present in the oven, an increasingly important aspect of the ovenware that a prudent home maker should look for in the ovenware is if they are heat resistant. It is quite possible to accidentally put the ordinary ovenware at the risk of getting them overheated. The result could be complete destruction of the ware, heavy damage to the oven, not to speak of the ruining of the food that was being cooked.
Ovens absorb the heat that surrounds it in the air. The food is cooked by this heat. Baking, roasting are all done by this method by the oven.
All possible dishes can be cooked in the heat resistant ovenware. Baking pans, other pans and roasters are available in the market. A most important point you should remember while buying heat resistant ovenware is to have the accurate measurements of the insides of the oven into which these are to go. Manufacturers of these kitchen implements always make it a point to print details of sizes and dimensions on their labels on the container boxes as well as at the bottom of the ovens. These specifications conform to the standards set by the American national Standards Institute for all kinds of pans including the ones we have seen above.
Silicon ovenware are highly heat resistant and you comfortable cook with a heat hovering around 300 degree centigrade or even more. You can find the quality of the silicon used by twisting the dish sufficiently to see if the result is a little whitening at the ridges. If this does not happen and the color remains the same, you can be sure that the material is pure. Silicon is completely non-sticky. This is a very good feature that helps the novices at cooking. Even expert cooks find it a tricky job to remove the cakes unbroken at sides or at the bottom. If you were not careful, your cake may have no shape at all, half of it still sticking to the pan after you had seemingly removed it. One dampening fact that stares you in your face when buying silicon heat resistant ovenware is its price. It certainly is several times more expensive than its metal or wooden counterparts. An apt saying that can be quoted here is, “you can't have your cake and eat it too”
The components of basic heat resistant ovenware that a decent kitchen is expected to have are listed below:
- Cake pans: They could round, oblong or square. You must make sure that the sides are slightly tapered. Many housewives find the removal of the cake an ordeal and a messy job. This dilemma is removed by the bottoms that are loose. Movable cutter bar is another feature tha enables easy operation. Angel food cake and bundt are better baked in pans that have a tubular stem, tapered sides and are circular in shape. If one can find pans with loose bottom and grooves, it would be good for catching the batter that could possible overflow.
- Pie pans: These are round pans and usually have flared sides. If there is a rim, it would serve the purpose of catching the excess juice.
- Cookie sheets – This is a flat pan and almost always rectangular. There are pans which open one side, two sides or three sides. It is for you to decide which one to have in your kitchen.
- Muffin pans: Besides making mouthwatering-muffins, this can also be used to make perfect cupcakes. You may go for either rectangular or oblong shape. You can bake either 6 or 12 cups.
- Bread or loaf pans: This is a narrow pan which can hold a bread loaf. By the very nature of its utility, it is deep. It comes with flared sides.
- Broiling pans: These are comparatively large in size and are flat. You will find the top perforated. This facilitates the dripping of fat from the meat into the tray that is below.
- Roasting pans: You have choice of having one that can be covered or the one one that is left open. “Roasting Pan” is the name for the one that is open. If you refer to a “Roaster”, you are talking about a covered pan. Look for the ones with lifting rack. They are either round or rectangular. Depending upon your need, you might choose from many sizes available. They may vary from 12” to 18”. To give you an idea, we could tentatively say that if you had to use a 15lb chicken or 18lb ham or 18lb roast you will find 16” roaster the most suitable. If you need to go for a nigher quantity like 22lb fowl or 24lb ham, you should go for 18” roaster.
Glass ovenware too are made with reinforced material that is heat resistant. These are used not only for cooking procedures but can be used for storing and even for serving, thus reducing the burden of using multiple utensils and a great reduction in washing exercises when they are empty. Another very agreeable feature is they do not at all stain. They neither absorb the flavor of the dish nor lend their own flavor to the dish. Finding a dish that has a different taste from what was intended is a distant possibility while using glass ovenware. You can easily wash them manually. There is no possibility of warping or discoloring. However, the advantages like not denting nor bending in themselves could spell disadvantageous. They might break if you were not careful.
Traditional baking dishes can be transferred from the refrigerator to the oven that is preheated and that is the habitual thing to do. However, especially if you are a new user of glass heat resistant ovenware, you must remember that it can not be done with glass ovenware. Common sense should tell us that sudden changes in the temperature in glass material might have the adverse effect of breaking it. We suggest you take the dish out of the refrigerator well in advance and even so, check if the chill from the dish is completely off.
The opposite is quite the norm too. Subjecting the hot dish to sudden extreme chill should also be avoided. There too, the glass may break. One of way of cooling it fast is to put it in tepid water which will take the heat off the dish and cool it considerably in a short while. A general rule while cooking in silicon or glass heat resistant ovenware is to bring down the temperature to 25 degrees lesser than otherwise.