Every week I answer a question from a Good Food listener. You can email me a question to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave one on Facebook or add one in the comments section here. This week’s came from Daniel:
If I Put My Pyrex Pie Dish Over or Near Direct Flame Will It Explode?
It is true that Pyrex tells you to avoid putting their baking dishes on a direct flame or directly under a broiler for fear that it will explode, but I guess I’ve never been known to be a stickler for following directions. The only oven I have is a large version of a toaster oven and all the pies I make are in Pyrex. I’ve only had one break and I just think its time had come.
As for putting them on top of a direct flame, I have to admit the first time I did it, I was ready for disaster. But only deliciousness happened. So my advice is do it at your risk. For stove top cooking maybe you would be more comfortable using a flame diffuser. If you are making Tatins quite often I would suggest eventually buying a Tatin pan.
Thanks so much for asking me about the pyrex. Good food for thought.