Old 6th June 2008, 06:08   #1
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Martha Stewart vs. Pyrex

Attention shoppers:
Here’s a nice little side-by-side product comparison review for you. The product: Rubber lids for glass Tupperware.

How they are alike:

Both are made of some kind of rubber.
Although they aren’t commonly found in the same store, they are both easy to find.
Both lids have written on them that they are refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

How they are different:

Martha Stewart lids have written on them that they are made in China.
Pyrex lids have written on them that they are made in the USA.
Pyrex products tend to be slightly more expensive but are still in the same ‘ballpark range’ in terms of pricing. The same sized Martha Stewart products tend to be a bit cheaper.
Pyrex lids are red and Martha Stewart lids are green.

The tests:

I made some nacho cheese “salsa con queso” with burger meat, jalapenos, onions, spices, etc. and used both brands to store, freeze, and microwave. I also used additional lids to put in the dishwasher. Here's the cheese - it doesn't look good but tastes delicious.



Freezer:

Both brands held their shape and stayed sealed, without contracting and popping off like some that I have seen in the past. Good so far...

Dishwasher (lids were placed on top rack of new Maytag dishwasher set to default settings):

The Pyrex lid held it’s shape and looked exactly the same as it did when I pulled it out of the box when brand new. After two cycles, it looked exactly the same and still fit its glass bowl perfectly with a seal.
The Martha Stewart lid deformed from the hot water in the dishwasher and no longer created a perfect seal on the glass bowl. After two cycles through the dishwasher, the lid had shrunk and deformed to the point where no amount of work would get the lid stretched enough to fit the bowl.



Microwave:

Both bowls (and lids) of salsa con queso were thawed and refrigerated. They had equal amounts (both full) and were completely thawed - nothing left frozen inside. They were simultaneously placed in a weak Kenmore microwave (with a spinning carousel) for three and 1/2 minutes. Both lids were slightly opened to prevent them from exploding off while the cheese heated.
Upon opening the microwave, they were both very hot but not boiling. The Pyrex lid held its shape, and because of that, stayed clean since it didn't dip into the food. Although too hot to touch with a bare hand, it was removed with a towel-covered hand easily, without losing its shape. The Martha Stewart lid had melted and expanded into the cheese to the point where holes were created in it, possibly releasing carcinogens and other toxins into the food as it melted. It was total FUBAR – fucked up beyond all repair/recognition. The food in that bowl was wasted, which really pissed me off. I realize I have over a gallon of this cheese mix in multiple small portions, but now I have lost some of it, and the leftover glass bowl is mostly useless since its matching lid had to be trashed.






Conclusion:

Buying shit Tupperware at discount stores that’s made in China is not at all worth the money. For only a few cents more per item, you can pick up good shit at better stores that will last through common everyday use.

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Old 6th June 2008, 07:50   #2
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Take that Martha Stewart. I never liked that lady much anyways. Reminds me of my grandma. I never liked the styles(furniture, room design) of either one.

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When I'm out of cheese I'll try the same tests with Corningware. The brand is commonly known for ceramic bowls and casseroles and glass lids, but the sets now come with additional rubber lids for a better seal while in storage and for microwave use.

The lids claim to be dishwasher (top rack restricted), freezer, and microwave safe.

I'll test them within the next few days.

The lids also say "Made in USA"

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Old 6th June 2008, 09:41   #4
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Interesting. I try to buy stuff made in the USA anyways.

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When I'm out of cheese I'll try the same tests with Corningware. The brand is commonly known for ceramic bowls and casseroles and glass lids, but the sets now come with additional rubber lids for a better seal while in storage and for microwave use.

The lids claim to be dishwasher (top rack restricted), freezer, and microwave safe.

I'll test them within the next few days.

The lids also say "Made in USA"
Made by Corning - with headquarters just a short drive from where I live. There's also a really cool glass museum. The town over there is named after the company. They are THE company for fiber optics - they first developed it.

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Old 6th June 2008, 21:19   #6
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Old 6th June 2008, 21:37   #7
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Have you ever been to the glass museum, Widdy? Short drive for me(while I'm in school) so I've been there a couple times. It's a pretty long drive for you, though so maybe you haven't.

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Old 6th June 2008, 21:51   #8
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Of course, these same lids could have been made in China, just as crappy lids can be made in the USA.

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Well, zootm you know that Pyrex makes extremely high quality glass products, etc. Pyrex is all over labs everywhere. It's sort of like comparing . .. I can't think of a good analogy but you know what I mean

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Old 6th June 2008, 22:18   #10
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I haven't been, k! I own quite a bit of both Pyrex and Corningware..why? 'Cause they are durable! Look good too(for every-day stuff)! Oh, and I bake!
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Will either sustain being run over by a van, though?

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It happened on Everybody Loves Raymond, so it must happen all the time in real life, right?

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I hardly ever have a runaway van in my kitchen....hardly ever..
Not necessarily runaway vans in the kitchen, but if a plastic food container salesman ever tried to sell me his products, the van-runover test would sell me instantly...

Nothing like quality shatter-proof tupperware...

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Well, the results are in. The Corningware lid did an ok job surviving a trip to the nuker. It had to withstand 5 and a half minutes due to the container's larger size requiring more time to heat the cheese sauce. This lid has been dishwashed many times, and is slightly imperfect in shape due to a lot of use.



This is what it looked like after the microwave - other than some of the cheese touching the lid, it came out in virtually perfect shape. Test passed.



Except... Renee seems a bit confused as to why I'm taking pictures of lids. I finally told her why, but she still thinks I'm weird.

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Oh, about Tuperware..1. It's ugly...and it burps and farts! Kitchen stuff should be pleasing to look at and durable and that's that!
I still covet, this
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I prefer useful (plus it's pretty indestructible as well).

(try making 5kg of bread dough in that Kitchenaid)
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Well, the Pro series holds 6quarts and others are 5. Also I rarely make more than the 5quart capacity of batter or dough. I don't hafta' hold it til my arm falls off.(Egg whites) Speed and attachments are very good.See And you can "pour in" ( or incorporate)without switchin' hands or stoppin'!

And their pretty and made to last..big time!

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I prefer useful (plus it's pretty indestructible as well).

(try making 5kg of bread dough in that Kitchenaid)
Never bought either.


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Of course, these same lids could have been made in China, just as crappy lids can be made in the USA.
To your defense, I do have some high-quality stainless flatware from China that isn't worthless (Yamazaki brand Patrick pattern; different brand box).



I was more against the discount store bullshit that just seems to be a way to throw money away. Too many people around here like to buy something for as low a price as possible, use it once or twice, and then throw it away. I generally try to avoid that kind of stuff.

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Pyrex rocks. And iomegajaz still thinks that Corelle dinnerware is "too light" to be any good I want a set
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Well, zootm you know that Pyrex makes extremely high quality glass products, etc. Pyrex is all over labs everywhere.
For the record, Pyrex cookware is no where near the quality of their labware. You can put their labware through hell and back (direct flame --> ice bath kind of stuff; heating untill the glass glows red; etc) and it will not break (usually).

I tried it with cookware (until it got too expensive) and the stuff broke every time.

Course, then again, a 250 mL flask for the lab costs $50.
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Made by Corning - with headquarters just a short drive from where I live. There's also a really cool glass museum. The town over there is named after the company. They are THE company for fiber optics - they first developed it.
Cool... I order stuff from these guys at work all the time.

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Yup. Most optical cables come from Corning. Out of curiosity, what are you using? (SM, MM? what connectors?)

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Dammit! From the subject, I thought you were going to throw Pyrex AT Martha Stewart. Do you know how disappointing this is?
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Perhaps it could be arranged.

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Err, my first thought when reading the title was Martha being violated with a glass dildo or something.
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Ted! It's Internet. An internet, short for internetwork simply means connecting any two networks together. That means that as soon as you have a router involved, you're dealing with an internet.

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