Glass bakeware is nothing new. Who doesn’t have a few pieces of Pyrex in the cupboard?
But unless your Pyrex dates back several decades, it’s not the same kind of glass it once was. It used to be made with borosilicate glass; now it’s made with the cheaper tempered soda-lime glass.
Why should you care?
Because the borosilicate glass is much better suited to withstand thermal shock – sudden temperature changes from hot to cold or vice-versa.
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Enter the Creo Smartglass line of bakeware and mixing bowls from Full Circle. The pieces, shown at the recent International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, combine a smooth, borosilicate glass interior (for strength) with a colorful ceramic exterior (for even baking and attractive serving). It goes safely from freezer to oven (up to 450 degrees) to table without worries of shattering.
It’s also safe for the dishwasher and microwave – “anything but open fire,” according to Creo marketing manager Chandra Cooks.
The line includes nesting bowls, pie pan, loaf pan and small and large rectangular baking pans, in Mediterranean Blue, Brooklyn Grey, Bali Green, Shanghai Red and Provence Purple.
The products were introduced late in 2014 and are available widely online at consistent prices across sites. A 3.7-quart rectangular baking pan (slightly larger than a 13-by-9-inch pan) was selling for $34.95; a 1.5-quart loaf pan, for $19.95.