Kitchen Tip: Heat Transfer

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Glass is an insulator and holds heat.  Metal transfers heat which means it heats up and cools much more quickly than glass.  I always keep that in mind when I’m working in the kitchen.

metal pot An example is chicken stock.  After it is made, the stock needs to cool before I can refrigerate or freeze it.  Even if I cooked it in a metal pan, that pan probably has layers in the bottom that hold the heat for a while.  I transfer the stock to a clean metal pan to cool.  Transferring it to a glass container would mean a longer cool time.

In my angel food cake recipe that I posted yesterday, I mentioned bringing the egg whites to room temperature.  That will happen more quickly if you put the whites in a metal bowl rather than a glass one.  I used my KitchenAid mixer bowl since I would also use it to beat the egg whites.

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On the other hand, if you want to keep something warm (or keep it cold), glass or ceramic is better.  I often warm a serving dish in the oven before adding my hot food to it.

question markWhat are your different uses for glass and metal in the kitchen?

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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