Metal Vs. Glass Baking Pans

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Glass and metal baking pans are equally useful in the kitchen. The choice to use one instead of the other is mostly a matter of personal choice. Knowing how each performs will help you make the decision.

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Glass baking pans retain heat and continue to cook for a few minutes after the pan is removed from the oven. This makes glass a good choice for foods that should be browned.

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Dishes with a high level of acid, such as citrus fruits or tomatoes, should be baked in glass baking pans. Baking pans made of metal can cause a chemical reaction that can discolor the food.

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Never use glass pans for broiling because the high temperatures can cause the glass to break. Only metal baking pans should be used under the broiler.

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When using a glass baking dish, oven temperature should be reduced by 25 degrees Fahrenheit because of the material’s ability to hold heat for longer. Oven temperature should be reduced 25 F if you are using a dark metal pan, which will heat faster than lighter metal.

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If you like to cut the baked dish while it’s still in the pan, such as brownies or lasagna, a glass baking dish is a better choice. Metal dishes are easily scratched and nonstick finishes can be damaged.

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