When Recipes Attack

June 19, 2007 · 15 comments · Print This Post

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Erin's Kitchen NightmareThis evening I made a homemade macaroni and cheese. I layered everything together, popped it in the oven and returned a phone call to a friend. Suddenly I heard a loud crash and then a splash. Horrified, I opened the oven door and found a gooey shattered mess. My glass baking dish had exploded! I have no idea what happened. The dish wasn’t cold, and I’ve used it dozens of times. I googled my predicament and apparently glass dishes sometimes get hairline fractures and then when they’re heated they break. I was seriously upset, but Chris was awesome and he made me laugh, and then drove to Whole Foods for a rotisserie chicken. He’s out in the kitchen right now cleaning the oven. Crisis averted — this time, but be vigilant. You never know when a Pyrex bomb will strike again!

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1 Fish June 19, 2007 at 10:44 pm

I live in fear of this happening to me. I have a Pyrex dish with a tiny chip in it and am always afraid that it will explode but I’m too cheap to go buy a new one when the old one works.

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2 CK June 19, 2007 at 11:05 pm

It still looked delicious, even splattered all over the oven. So, uh, when are you going to make this dish again, sans explosion? I can’t wait 😀

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3 Wummy Nichols June 20, 2007 at 8:06 am

When you moved the dish must have been dropped or bumped. I have had this happen before it does make a mess I think it was the pork chop casserole with the potatoes!!!

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4 Anna June 20, 2007 at 8:52 am

Remember Jaime’s story of exploding pyrex?! It’s never happened to me, but if it did, i am pretty sure I would die from a heart attack because i’m jumpy enough without the major explosion of glass and food! I agree with CK, that does look really good, what was all that in there?

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5 Grace June 20, 2007 at 10:26 am

Oh no! 🙁

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6 Hänni June 20, 2007 at 6:01 pm

I’m always afraid of crap like that happening. That’s why I save all my cooking for you to do!

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7 Jaime June 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

I am so sorry you had to experience this Pyrex trauma, Erin! I too, have been scarred by Pyrex, both emotionally and physically. The pan, at the time, was sitting on the edge of my kitchen counter, and I heard a funny crackling noise. I made the connection, threw Kelly out of the kitchen and on to the ground military style, hoisted myself on to the kitchen counter across the room and curled up into a little ball, and watched in horror as the pan exploded into a million pieces. We found glass shards around the room for months, and I even got a couple shards in my leg & foot. I have a hard time trusting Pyrex to this day!

But oh, that mac & cheese does look delicious! And thank goodness you & Chris were not hurt!

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8 Madeline April 20, 2008 at 12:37 am

Oh my, I saw this and just had to reply. A couple of months ago I removed my pyrex dish from the oven, placed it on the counter and it literally exploded into thousands of pieces. It scared the you know what out of me! Thankfully I was wearing my glasses otherwise I would have had an eyeful of glass. Like another of your readers, we found glass for months. To this day, every time I take pyrex out of the oven I look (and run) away!

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9 katy May 5, 2008 at 7:07 pm

oh my gosh, this is so frightening! i had no idea that could even happen — fortunately, i broke my pyrex baking dish all by myself about a year ago… but guess what i am NOT asking for as a wedding present??

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10 joshua smith September 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm

i just had a pyrexplosion last night. had a pork tenderloin in the 9×9 undr the broiler of my oven. after about 7 or 8 minutes, i smelled burning, went to check and the pork was perfectly carmelized on the top. i pulled the pan out to flip the pork, and the pan blew up while i was holding both handles. a huge chunk fell into my knee, piercing ligaments and stuff. sent me to the er for stitches and a tetanus shot. i knew that could happen, because i did the same thing about 5 years ago, but i was in a hurry, and my pregnant wife was hungry. painful lesson.

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11 Air April 11, 2009 at 11:31 am

I collect vintage pyrex, I’ve learned over the years that the pyrex class is not meant to be heated over 350 degrees F.

=]

If you’ve ever heated it hotter than that, bumped it, dropped it, It will explode! Also, Don’t put it in an oven until the over is already pre heated.

I guess this is an old post, but beautiful blog! I bet your food is delicious Erin!

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12 joanna May 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

hi everyone… i had a pyrex explode in the oven today. I see some shards of glass inside the grates under the oven. How did you guys mange to get those out? Any tips? Can I still operate the oven knowing there’s some glass underneath…? thanks.
🙁

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13 Home Page August 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

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