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Is there a difference between glass and metal cookware?
G. Crawford, RI
The main differences between glass and metal cookware are that metal cookware is usually a good heat conductor and tends to cool quickly, while glass is a poor heat conductor but retains heat well. Glass is rarely used because of its limited ability to conduct heat and because it''s fragile. But it''s very good for two things:
- Custard-based dishes that benefit from being heated slowly, cooked at a low temperature and cooled slowly.
- Microwave cooking.
|Most metals (except stainless steel) are good heat conductors
||Glass is a poor heat conductor|
|Poor heat retainer
||Good heat retainer|
|Many metals react with food
||Glass is non-reactive|
||Tempered glass is microwavable|
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