Yes, tempered glass lids can go in the oven up to a certain temperature.
Just make sure your knob or handles of the lid are made up of a heat-resistant material.
In case they are not, the intense heat of the oven can cause them to melt/warp/bend, etc.
Allow me to tell you briefly about the glass lids to answer your query in depth.
Why Do We Need Glass Lids?
In this busy and modern lifestyle, we need a lot of ease and comfort in our kitchens. The new technology keeps on upgrading to keep pace with our lives and adjusts accordingly.
One of the fastest ways of quick and scrumptious meals is oven cooking. It allows you the option of baking, stewing, broiling, roasting, grilling, etc.
Oven cooking takes care of our cooking while we manage other chores at work and home.
Using a lid brings out a perfectly done tender meal every time on all cooktops including an oven.
A glass lid becomes quite necessary for poaching, steaming, stewing, and braising inside an oven.
With a see-through frame, you can watch the process on any cooktop. It does not let moisture evaporate, rewarding you with juicy steaks.
Next, it becomes necessary to find out if all glass lids can be used inside an oven. In case we cannot use any glass lid, then what are the requirements a glass lid needs to fulfill for safe oven use.
Can Any Glass Lid be Used Safely Inside an Oven?
Always follow the manufacturing instructions that come along with the product.
An oven-safe glass lid will have an oven-safe sign written on either the product or in the box.
Complete detail regarding the materials used to make your lid is usually found inside the instruction booklet.
The glass containing borosilicate is heat resistant. You can safely use this type of glass inside an oven.
Another type of glass is soda-lime that is tempered to make it sturdy and durable.
You will find the heat-resistant glass lids in the US made of tempered soda-lime. Europe continues to use borosilicate for glass cookware.
Tempered glass lids are stronger and heat resistant up to 350-375F (176-200C) inside an oven.
If they accidentally shatter, they will break into large pieces whereas borosilicate is a bit unsafe breaking into tiny shards of glass.
If your lid is made up of hand-blown glass, it should not be used inside an oven as it will shatter easily even at low temperatures.
A glass lid may or may not have a handle or knob attached to it. You need to find out what material it is made from.
Even if the glass is tempered, the knob or handles may not be heat resistant and can create a lot of trouble by melting/bending/wrapping, etc.
Stainless steel and cast iron knobs and handles can be used safely inside an oven.
An important point to remember is that glass is after all glass and can shatter due to improper and rough use.
You need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper usage.
Allow me to elaborate on the right care for your glass lids.
The Right Way to Use a Glass Lid in Oven
Glass lids look so pretty and are so easy to use that when used correctly, you will be reaching out for glass lids instead of metallic lids in the oven.
Here is a checklist of things you must follow for the right use of the glass lid.
- Always read the instruction booklet provided by the manufacturer. Find out about the material and its properties. An oven-safe glass lid will always specify the temperature limit.
- Keep the temperature midway between the maximum allowed and the minimum allowed range for improving your glass lid’s lifespan. Adjust according to the cooking duration
- Check for any cracks or defects on the glass lid before using it inside an oven. Glass lids are more prone to shattering with heat exposure if it has cracks. The quality of tempered glass comes down making it vulnerable inside an oven.
- Sudden temperature change should be avoided when using glass lids. Glass by default cannot handle temperature fluctuations and breaks.
- Preheat your oven before using a glass lid for cooking inside an oven. If you don’t want your glass lids to shatter, never give it an extreme temperature change from fridge to the oven( ice-cool to burning hot) and vice versa ( from hot oven to refrigerator or a cold sink). Let the glass lids cool down to room temperature and then use it safely. Preheating also helps the glass lid to heat up evenly with the inside oven temperature.
- Before covering your raw ingredients with a glass lid, add a little liquid. The liquid that further oozes out from food during the cooking process will not cause any temperature fluctuations on the warm glass lid. The little liquid will warm up the newly oozed-out liquid.
- Don’t remove the glass lid immediately from the container and place it on the slab surface. The cold surface of the slab will cause shock and may lead to cracking.
- Do not immediately wash or place the hot glass lid on the wet sink or dishwasher. Let it cool down to room temperature.
- Avoid frequent opening of the glass lid. This keeps the temperature stable and prevents harm to the glass lid.
- The knobs and handles must be heat resistant up to the oven-safe temperature of the glass lid. If they are not, unscrew them and then use the glass lid inside an oven. You don’t want the plastic to melt inside your oven.
- Avoid scraping, dragging, and thumping the glass lid on the slab or cookware.
- Glass is a good conductor of heat. The lid can become quite hot. Use oven mitts to handle the glass lid.
- Use a good quality cooling rack to place your glass lid and let it cool down.
Even after following all the above, in case your glass lid breaks, here is what you should do :
What to Do When a Glass Lid Breaks in the Oven?
Do not panic. If your glass lid was made up of tempered soda lime, the pieces of glass will be less sharp and bigger.
First, you need to switch off your oven. Let the oven cool down a bit before opening it up.
Wear gloves and glasses and get ready to take out the mess.
Carefully take out the large pieces first. Use a metal spoon or spatula or tongs.
For small pieces, sweep the surface with a thick bread slice. The small shrapnels will stick to the bread surface. You could also roll wet dough but I find the bread trick easier.
There will always be pieces of glass hidden from your eyesight. Wipe gently with a cloth and use a small vacuum to make the oven free from all glass shreds.
After you are done cleaning, don’t forget to safely segregate and dispose of the broken glass lid in a separate garbage bag.
Take a look at your ceramic oven surface to make sure the heating elements on the undersurface are not damaged.
Here are some advantages of using a glass lid inside an oven
Benefits of Using a Glass Lid for Oven Cooking
- Glass lids do not react with food. They are a healthier option compared to non-stick lids. You can safely use a tempered glass lid to make stew, sauces, bake, poach or braise.
- The glass lids seal the food preparation quite well not allowing moisture to escape. This results in juicy meal preparations.
- Glass lids do not alter the taste and are not made up of any chemicals that release toxins.
- Glass has a default property to remain hot for a long time. You can keep your food warm by not removing the glass lid from the cookware.
- A glass lid helps to distribute heat evenly inside the cookware. You can rest assured your food will be evenly cooked.
- It is very easy to use and maintain a glass lid. Being a natural non-stick, you will not have any food gunk stuck on its surface.
- Cookware with a glass lid has a beautiful eye-catching appeal. You can use it in the oven and also place it along with the cookware on the dining table.
- If you ever need to peep into your food to find out what’s happening, you can have a look from the top surface without removing the lid.
I have explained in detail everything you need to know about glass lids inside an oven. Summing up, you should use a tempered glass lid that has reached room temperature inside a preheated oven.
Just make sure to stay in the mid-temperature range. Keep a lookout for any cracks.
In the end, I would like to say that no matter how tough the glass is, rough use of any cookware can break it.
Just follow the checklist for the right way to use a glass lid in the oven.
Anything man-made has to end one day and if the lid ever shatters inside the oven, use my step-by-step process for a clean oven.
All the best!
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