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.


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 😀


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!!!


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?


5 Grace June 20, 2007 at 10:26 am

Oh no! 🙁


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!


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!


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!


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??


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.


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!


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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