Having the right glass bakeware to make pies and casseroles for dinners or holidays, can be difference between creating meals that are delicious and beautiful to look at, or less-than-appealing fare.
I was recently contacted by the folks at JSG Oceana Glass Company, a subsidiary of Jeanette Specialty Glass, to review their Borosilicate glass bakeware set, which consists of a 9.5 Inch Pie Dish, a large 3 Quart Casserole Dish and a 9 Inch x 13 Inch Baking Dish.
I will admit, while I am very familiar with glass bakeware, like Pyrex and Anchor Hocking, I had never heard of JSG Oceana bakeware until they contacted me. It may be due to this line of Borosilicate glass bakeware is only available online or through the JSG Oceana website.
When I received the box, I was expecting to receive just one piece to try; I was not expecting and was pleasantly surprised to receive the entire beautiful 3 piece glass bakeware set.
Note: I was not compensated for this product review, and the views and opinions are my own.
I am sure you will be as impressed as I was by the quality construction, sturdiness and large size of this professional quality glass baking set.
JSG Oceana Borosilicate bakeware is still made in the US in Jeanette, PA, the heart of the American glass-making region, so you can take pride in knowing you are getting American quality and craftsmanship in every piece.
Hard Roc Borosilicate Glass Cookware
Most glass bakeware is made from soda lime glass, which is relatively inexpensive, chemically stable, and reasonably hard. Unfortunately, it’s not shatter-proof so you need to take care not to drop it and it can explode when under extreme oven temperature.
JSG Oceana Glass Bakeware is made from Hard Roc Borosilicate glass,which is a hard heat resistant, scratch resistant and shatter-proof manufactured glass made with silica and boron trioxide, that was originally developed in Germany in the late 19th century, and produces a tough industrial-grade glass.
I’m sure you’re concern like most home chefs, is will it withstand the high heat of my oven and will it resist breaking if I accidentally drop it, like regular glass?
The answer is yes! Another advantage of Borosilicate glass bake compared to other types of glass bakeware is that it is scratch resistant, and it’s non-porous surface doesn’t stain and won’t absorb smells from the food.
Since food doesn’t stick to it, cleaning off baked on food remnants is relatively easy.
How Does JSG Oceana Borosilicate glass bakeware set compare to Pyrex?
Pyrex was originally made from Borosilicate glass as well, and was the go-to glass bakeware for home cooks and professional chefs for many years.
That all changed when Pyrex was sold to Corelle Brands, and they changed their formula borosilicate glass to soda lime glass, to make the cookware lighter and cheaper. As you can expect, complaints began to roll in that Pyrex glass bakeware would sometimes crack due to heat, break if dropped and even explode in the oven.
Borosilicate Glass is Much More Resistant to Thermal Shock
Borosilicate glass has a very low CTE (Coefficient of Thermal Expansion) whereas soda lime glass has a very high CTE. It’s for this reason that all quality cookware is made from borosilicate glass.
JSG Oceana has continued the tradition of excellence started by Jeanette Glass Company nearly a century ago, and still uses the superior Borosilicate glass, which is a stronger material to soda lime glass.
Is it a bit more expensive, but as the expression goes, “you get what you pay for.”
When I opened the box, I immediately noticed the sturdy and heavier construction and thicker glass as compared to our Pyrex glassware, and those from other glass bakeware manufacturers that use soda lime glass. You will immediately notice and feel the difference!
Every JSG Borosilicate glass cookware includes a label that shows the features and how the dish can be used.
This image also etched into the glass dish.
Deep Casserole Dish
The JSG Oceana Borosilicate Glass Casserole Dish is extra deep to maximize your ability to make a small or large casserole.
The thick Borosilicate glass will ensure the dish can withstand years of use without the worry of it breaking or cracking.
Make a casserole or a deep dish apple pie, the way grandma used to make!
I tried making my favorite broccoli casserole in the deep casserole to test this glass bakeware out, and it performed well.
The dish contained a full head of broccoli and 2 packages of mushrooms, and you can see there was plenty of room in the baking dish.
The dish baked at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes. While the hot dish required an oven mitt to handle it, the glass bakeware worked perfectly.
Features of JSC Oceana Bakeware
How JSG Glass Bakeware Compares to the Competition
What you Get in the 3 Pc Set
How Can Jeanette Glass Bakeware be Used?
The Jeanette Borosilicate glass bakeware can go from the oven to the freezer. It’s oven and microwave oven safe up to 550 ° Fahrenheit.
You can hand wash or put in the dishwasher.
How did the Baking Dish Perform?
I was impressed with the thick construction of the JSG Borosilicate baking dish to handle the rigors of baking in an oven at high temperature and for an extended period of time.
I used the JSG Borosilicate glass baking dish to make chicken. Overall it performed well. The wide handles work well to grab the dish when putting it into or taking it out of the oven.
The thick wall construction of the Borosilicate glass baking dish gives you confidence that it won’t crack or break due to the heat and pressure of the oven at high temperatures over 400 degrees F.
It cleaned easily with warm soapy water and a sponge.
The only drawback I found was the 9″x13″ baking dish could be a bit tight to cook a large cut up chicken, roast, lasagna or other dish.
The Oceana glass baking dish should also come in a 10″x14″ size.
Where to Buy the JSG Oeana Borosilicate Glass Bakeware?
You can buy the JSG Oceans Borosilicate glass bakeware from the following sellers: