Glass Cookware Perfect for Organic Meal Prep: Hacks and Recipes

A casserole in glass cookware

When it’s time to upgrade your hand-me-down collection of pots and pans, you might want to consider glass cookware. While it may not seem like an obvious choice, glass cookware has many advantages over metal cookware. Glass cookware can be easier to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher. It is also more versatile than metal pans because the same dish can go from the freezer to the stove to the table.

Cookware sets usually include the most commonly used pieces. For glass cookware, this can mean a casserole dish, a rectangular pan, a square pan, and maybe some custard dishes or a pie plate. Less common pieces, like large dutch ovens or deep dish pie plates, are usually available a la carte.

How to Choose Glass Cookware

One of the advantages to glass cookware is that it is freezer safe and dishwasher safe. However, don’t assume that all glass cookware can go in the freezer or dishwasher. Check the information that comes with your cookware to make sure that it can go into the freezer and then right into the oven. Some manufacturers don’t recommend putting their glass cookware in the dishwasher.

Even though a cookware set may say it is oven safe, make sure you know how high you can set your cooking temperature. Some cookware sets can stand temperatures as high as 425 degrees Fahrenheit. However, other glass cookware sets can only go into ovens that are no hotter than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some glass cookware sets include a separate lid for each cookware piece. Some sets do not include any lids. Cookware sets that include multiple pans of the same size may only include lids for half of the pieces.

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This starter set from Libby has five basic glass cookware pieces that you will use again and again. You get the five pans but only one lid.

Anchor Hocking Oven Basics Glass Baking Dishes, Mixed, 15-piece
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Unlike this Anchor Hocking 15 Piece set, which includes a casserole dish, a baking dish, a pie plate, some custard dishes, and even a measuring cup. You get a lot of individual cooking pieces, but only some of the pieces have lids.

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Finally, the Pyrex 24 piece glass cookware set includes multiple size pans and lids for almost every single piece. It is a bit expensive, and it may be more glass cookware than you need. But it does include a wider range of cookware and lids.

Why Choose Glass Cookware

There are many reasons to consider using glass cookware over other types of cookware. One commonly cited reason is that glass is a non-reactive material. This means that when the cookware heats up, it will not release any chemicals into the air or into your food.

Glass cookware is made out of tempered glass. Tempered glass is heat resistant and you can heat it to high temperatures without worrying that it will break. It is also impact resistant. This doesn’t mean that your glass cookware won’t break if you drop it. But it does mean that if you do drop the piece, it will crumble into small pieces instead of breaking into sharp glass shards.

Glass cookware is also very convenient. You can freeze, refrigerate, microwave and bake your recipe all in the same dish. No need to dirty extra dishes. In fact, many glass cookware pieces can go directly from the freezer to the oven to the table.

When to Use Glass Cookware

Any time you are cooking something that has reactive foods, you should choose glass cookware. Reactive foods are generally acidic — such as tomatoes or lemons. When you cook reactive foods in a metal pan, the acid in the foods can react with the cookware. This can cause your food to take on a greyish tint and can also make the food taste funny.

When You Should Use Something Else

While there are some clear reasons for choosing glass cookware, it’s not always the best choice. Even though glass cookware is heat resistant, you cannot use it in the broiler and are better off with a different type of pan.

Glass cookware cooks food differently than metal or cast iron pans. Glass is a poor conductor of heat, but the pan stays hotter longer once heated. The glass absorbs heat instead of reflecting it like a metal pan. While you can use glass cookware for all kinds of recipes, because of the heat conduction, your food will cook faster and stay hotter longer.

For this reason, glass cookware is generally not recommended for “dry” recipes like pies or bread. It is possible to use glass for these recipes, but prepare to turn the heat on your oven down during cooking. Keep an eye on the outside edges of what your cooking to make sure it doesn’t dry out or burn.

How to Clean Your Glass Cookware

Glass cookware has the advantage of being dishwasher safe. However, sometimes the dishwasher just won’t cut it. When that happens, usually a plastic scrubber, some soap, and some elbow grease will get the gunk out. Don’t use a metal scrubber. This can cause tiny abrasions in the glass surface increasing the possibility that the cookware will break prematurely.

The best hack for cleaning glass cookware is to clean it up as soon as you can. Make sure to do a good job cleaning the corners and the handles. This is where grease tends to build up and the more it builds up, the harder it is to clean.

If the dishwasher has failed and you’re all out of elbow grease, you can try some of these additional cleaning hacks.

Baking soda and water

Baking Soda and Water

Take some baking soda (a few teaspoons) and pour it directly on the dirt. Scrub with water. Repeat a few times if necessary. If the grease remains, spritz with some ammonia and rub again until the grease is gone. Alternatively, you could try spritzing the grease with lemon juice. Rinse with additional water.

Denture cleaner

Fill the pan with water and drop in a denture tab. Wait until the fizzing stops. Wipe away the grease and grime then rinse with clean water.

Organic Cooking Shortcuts and Hacks

Now that you’ve got your glass cookware all picked out, you might be wondering what to cook. Start by making some easy replacements in your everyday cooking. You can:

  • Use quinoa instead of white rice
  • Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream
  • Try out almonds on your salad in place of croutons
  • Swap out your iceberg lettuce in favor of romaine lettuce
  • Use mustard on your sandwich in place of mayo

Eggplant Bacon

Eggplant and beacon

It may not be the same as “regular” bacon, but it’s a worthy substitute. Take an eggplant and make thin slices. Then, brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with coconut sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Organic Recipes for Your Glass Cookware

When you’re ready to test drive some of your new glass cookware, try out these recipes.

Easy lasagna

This easy lasagna recipe is perfect for an oblong pan. The trick is to use a jarred sauce with lots of delicious spices.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey½ pound Italian turkey sausage (about 2 ½ links)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup diced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 can spinach rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 heaping cup cottage cheese
  • 1 box oven ready (no boil) lasagna noodles

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a skillet, saute onions for one to two minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another two minutes. Remove sausage from casings and add to pan along with the ground turkey and cook for about five to seven minutes (until turkey is cooked through).

Spread about half a cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce into the meat. In a separate bowl, mix the spinach, cottage cheese, egg, parmesan, and one cup of mozzarella.

Place one layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce in the baking dish. Layer with one-third of the meat mixture, then top with the cottage cheese mixture. Place another layer of lasagna noodles on top and continue layering. Spread the remaining cheese over the top of the lasagna. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Then uncover and cook for another 15 to 20 or until golden brown.

Overnight french toast casserole

Instead of standing by the frying pan all morning, make this overnight french toast casserole. Simply prep the night before then pop in the oven in the morning for a quick and tasty breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf stale bread
  • 5 whole organic cage-free eggs
  • 2 organic cage-free egg whites
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup 100 percent pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unrefined brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup minced pecans (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13-inch dish with nonstick cooking spray. Tear bread into pieces and place in dish in an even layer. In a large bowl, mix eggs, egg whites, Greek yogurt, milk, and maple syrup. Mix until smooth. Pour egg mixture completely over bread.

In a small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and pecans. Sprinkle butter mixture on top of the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. If cooking the same day, make sure to refrigerate at least 30 minutes before baking. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and the middle of the dish is set.

Cauliflower gratin

Make eating vegetables fun with purple potatoes and lots of cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound purple potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 3/4 pound head purple cauliflower, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Thyme sprigs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange potatoes in the bottom of a two-quart baking dish. In a small bowl stir together the cream, one teaspoon of the herbes de Provence, and one teaspoon of the salt. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with half a cup of the cheese. Top with cauliflower slices, shallots, and remaining salt. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.

While the potatoes cook, stir together the remaining cheese, panko, remaining herbes de Provence, and butter. Uncover cauliflower and sprinkle with the panko mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes more or until golden. Remove from oven and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with thyme.

Peach cobbler

Who doesn’t love dessert? This juicy peach cobbler is perfect for a square glass cookware baking dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sliced organic peaches, skins removed (about 5 peaches)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 4 Tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup raw milk, organic whole milk or fresh coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place sliced peaches in the bottom of an 8×8-inch square pan. Combine butter, eggs, coconut flour, baking powder, honey and a quarter cup of milk. Stir until there are no more lumps and you have the consistency of a pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more milk. Pour over peaches and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Our Final Thoughts on Glass Cookware

There are a lot of reasons to choose glass cookware over metal or cast iron cookware. And while glass cookware isn’t the right choice every time, it can be a good option for most recipes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with old recipes you’ve never cooked in glass cookware. It may take a few tries to get the temperature right, but with practice, you’ll find the recipes best suited to glass cookware.

Last update on 2021-03-06 at 17:01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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