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December 13, 2006


I often find claims of indestructability highly overblown. When CDs first became popular, my stepmother explained to me that they were indestructable. According to her, you could smear peanut butter on a CD, wash it off, and then play it, with no ill effects. A decade and a half later, we know that CDs are far from indestructable. They may not melt in a hot car the way that tapes and LPs did, but they break and they scratch.

Nevertheless, I did believe that Pyrex glassware was about as indestructable as something could get. Sure, dropping it was not a good idea, but I bought the claim that Pyrex "products can go directly from refrigerator or freezer to a microwave, convection, or preheated conventional oven," and I often did use them in just that way. But I somehow missed the disclaimer: "a small amount of liquid should be added to the ovenware vessel prior to baking foods that release liquids while cooking." On Monday, I put three red bell peppers into a square Pyrex baking dish and set them in the oven at 500 degrees to roast. Twenty minutes later, I heard a crash. Nobody else was home, so I was quite confused about what had happened until I opened the oven door to investigate. The pan had exploded. Broken glass everywhere. Fortunately, the peppers were still intact, so my lunch wasn't ruined, but I am now down one square baking pan.

Posted by eklanche at December 13, 2006 08:19 AM


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