Are Glass Lids Better Than Stainless Steel Lids


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LiFE beginsAt the Endof YourComfortZoneI have an unreasonable fear of glass lids. Yes, unreasonable. I treat the two glass lids in my home as if they were fragile masterpieces because I am afraid that they will break. Obviously I prefer stainless lids because they will not break. But should I be so wary of glass lids?

The answer is “no.” Glass lids that come with stainless steel pots and pans today are made from tempered glass. We’re talking here about glass that is commonly found in bulletproof windows, car windows, microwave ovens and some smartphone screen protectors.

It’s glass that has been heated to increase its strength making it four times stronger than regular glass. This means that dropping a glass lid is highly unlikely (but in theory not impossible) to break it.

Many cooks prefer glass lids over stainless lids because they like being able to see their food as it cooks without lifting the lid. Simple enough. The primary purpose of lids in the first place is to keep heat in the pots to help food cook faster and you don’t want to lose that moisture.

But since some glass lids come with steam vents to ballow some of the pressure that builds up with covered pots, to escape, in a sense, you are somewhat defeating the purpose of keeping heat in.

Also, glass lids with and without the steam vent can cause condensation to build up creating fog on the glass and defeating the purpose of seeing your food as it cooks. Does that mean you still must lift the lid occasionally to clear the fog? I think so.

On the other hand, there is no worry concerning breakage of stainless steel lids–dents, maybe, but this is not anything that would render them useless or inhibit their function. Stainless steel lids can also go inside the oven at higher temperatures than glass lids.

Many manufacturers allow their stainless lids to reach heat up to 450 degrees whereas glass lids are restricted to around 350 degrees when used inside an oven.

Cleaning glass lids can be tricky. These lids have metal rims along the edges and around steam vents. The glass lid on my rice cooker develops a sticky mess around these edges that takes a lot of effort to clean.

So which is better? They both perform well. You are less likely to face an over flowing pot of liquid when you get distracted if you are using glass lids with vents. Glass is cheaper than stainless steel and you can often find great cookware for less if the lids are glass. That advantage alone could be worth choosing glass lids over stainless.

However, stainless steel lids are more versatile and you can place them in the oven at higher temperatures than your glass counterpart. They are also very durable. So the bottom line is both are good choices and it’s all a matter of personal choice.
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