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Old 03-30-2008, 03:15 AM   #1
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Pyrex glass food storage containers

Hello everyone,

I'm new to cooking and I wanted to purchase the Pyrex food storage containers, which are made of glass, but have plastic lids. My question: What sizes should I purchase? I was thinking of buying 1 four-cup storage container and 1 two-cup storage container. I would use these to refrigerate left-over food. I'm single therefore I'll probably be storing a lot of pasta (enough for a single person of course), and also chicken and many comfort foods. Pyrex offers the glass circular containers in 1, 2, 4 and 7 cup sizes. Thanks.



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Old 03-30-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Wich container size you choose would depend on how much food youo usually have left over to store. A 4-cup and a 2-cup are a good start. Try those and see if they work out. Then you can add different sizes as needed.

Just curious, why glass, which is more expensive, heavier and more prone to breaking, instead of plastic?
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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Just curious, why glass, which is more expensive, heavier and more prone to breaking, instead of plastic?
I'm going to give glass storage containers a chance because I'm tired of plastic tuperware staining all the time, and I worry about them never being completely free of bacteria even after a thorough cleaning. Also, when I studed organic chemistry, I learned that plastic polymers are always seeping into food from tuperware and also leaching into drinks from plastic water containes. I figure that it's a cheap personal experiment to give glass a try.

I have follow-up question, and please excuse it being in the wrong forum. I'm meeting a woman for coffee this afternoon, but we're likely coming back to my apartment afterwards. What meal could I prepare that would make a nice brunch. Thank you for your reply. Regards.

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Difficult question to answer. We know nothing of what either of you like to eat, what you have available, how advanced your skills are...

In your study of organic chemistry, did you learn of any ill effects from the seeping of polymers into foods?
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Difficult question to answer. We know nothing of what either of you like to eat, what you have available, how advanced your skills are...

In your study of organic chemistry, did you learn of any ill effects from the seeping of polymers into foods?
Hmm... Perhaps my last ditch effort to cook something is hopeless. In answer to your question, I'm a complete newbie. I can cook very simple pasta dishes (e.g. lasagna, chicken fettuccine alfredo) and basic breakfast foods (pancakes, french toast, omlettes). Personally, I like to eat baked ziti, turkey heros, grilled chicken sandwiches, Belgian waffles, eggs & home fries. I obviously don't consume or prepare a sophisticated grouping of food, but that's something that I'd like to gradually change.

In answer to the polymers in the food, I've never seen conclusive evidence that they are bad for your long-term health, but I just feel more comfortable limiting the amount in my system.
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I have a shallow rectangle Pyrex container. It did chip, which was my only complaint. One of the things I loved was that it could go into the oven as well as the microwave. I'd guess it was about 4 x 7 x 2, which was perfect for taking leftovers to work.

I seem to have accumulated every size, shape, color and gimmick T-ware has offered over the years. It has more living space than I do.

I cannot find that Pyrex dish among the T-ware, but think you'll be happy using it.

I too would be interested in the results of your studies. There is so much conflicting information oiut there and I would not want to steer people in the wrong direction. Last I read, using plastic specifically engineered for food use in the microwave was safe, minding the fat and sugar content and degree of heat.

Brunch? Simple French Toast using amazing bread and good butter and syrup is hard to beat!
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Belgian waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries.
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*gasp*

Go with what Andy says ... what time should we be there?

That's our "special event" breakfast, usually Mother's and Father's Days. And our "strawberry picking" dinner. Every day until they're all either frozen or made into jam, lol. Even the kids friends ask to sleep over during berry season!
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Belgian waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries.
cant go wrong with that....

on the pyrex I use vinatge pyrex dishes to store and reheat food often. The rubber/plastic stuff can get nasty... especially with tomato sauce. I really prefer glass containers

New pyrex is not really pyrex though the old stuff was borosilicate glass which is labratory quality stuff because it is super non reactive. The new stuff is not... see wikipedia Borosilicate glass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia its just regular glass.

I would reccomend getting some of the larger size containers 4 cups is one quart and that is a nice size for a leftover portion. The one cuppers seem small to me to use to store lertover meals but would be good for storting leftover ingredients.... if you stumble across old pyrex refrigerartor dishes at a fleamarket or tag sale snag em they are great and rectangular so they fit nice in the fridge.

another tip ... when you can store the sauce and make the pasta fresh. pasta's texture does not hold up that great.... also sauce alone freezes well pasta does not.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:54 AM   #10
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Welcome to DC! Single person meals - about 400-500 mL capacity; meal components 100-200 mL; plus get one suitable for two meals as well - handy for lasagna and the like.

Brunch - loads of fresh fruits displayed on a platter with the Belgian waffles mentioned or croissants or crumpets - something that requires no pre-cooking, just heating up that way if she is coeliac or on a diet, etc you haven't wasted food and she can have what she wants. Even a plate of sweet and savoury mini-muffins to choose from would be good. If you don't know her very well, variety is a good stance to take.
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