Induction cooktops. Touch screen refrigerators. High-end grills. Transparent toasters. Outdoor fireplaces.
The many ingredients of a great dinner party all have one ingredient in common: glass. From prep to cooking to entertaining, the average home chef uses a lot of glass to put a meal on the table.
The reasons why point not only to the versatility of this material, but also the future of design — how the most impressive form can also offer the most efficient and effective function. But to truly appreciate the many ways glass makes cooking easier, faster, and more enjoyable, you have to see it in action.
Part of this complete breakfast
Grab the O.J. and leave a note on the fridge door’s glass touchscreen asking your spouse to pick up a new carton at the store on their way home from work. Even if they forget what you asked for, they’ll be able to pull up the contents of the fridge on their phone to double check what’s running low.
Turn on the water boiler for a cup of tea. The pot, made of borosilicate glass, won’t break or shatter under the intense heat due to its near-zero thermal expansion. That means you can see exactly when the water is boiling.
Glass-ceramic fronts your new toaster, where your bread is already crisping up. Because glass-ceramic also efficiently radiates heat, it helps brown bread, bagels, and English muffins while allowing you to keep an eye on your breakfast as it cooks.
Lunch rolls around and you want to reheat some soup you had left over from dinner the night before. Pour it in a pot over your induction cooktop to reheat. Due to their energy efficiency, induction cooktops can boil water incredibly fast. In fact, the glass-ceramic surface of the cooktop remains relatively cool since the pot itself is the source of the heat – it only warms up through contact with the pot. Not to mention that glass-ceramic cooktops are rugged and easy to clean if you happen to spill any of your lunch.
Same goes for the rest of your appliances, which are fronted with glass that looks exactly like stainless steel. It gives the same look many homeowners love, but is easier to keep clean and looking brand new throughout the entire life of your kitchen. It also keeps the kitchen more hygienic with seamless surfaces that leave dirt no crevices to hide in.
Take dinner outside, grilling some burgers on a barbecue with a glass-ceramic window – it lets you see exactly what’s happening inside the grill, allowing you to cook the burgers to perfection and avoid any flare-ups. Because it’s made of glass-ceramic, the extreme temperature of grills is no problem. While a cool raindrop might shatter hot tempered glass, glass-ceramic can withstand those swings with its near-zero thermal expansion. As you cook, a glass-ceramic burner shield protects the flames from grease drips while vaporizing flavor that drifts back up to the meat.
Eat up and stay warm next to a glass-ceramic enclosed outdoor fireplace. The glass-ceramic panels enclosing it not only make it burn hotter and more efficiently, but radiate the heat better and offer safe, clear views of the fire as you relax with your family and a good meal.
The kitchen technology behind every great meal
In the modern kitchen, it’s hard to find a meal that isn’t given a helping hand from glass and glass-ceramic. The materials’ unique properties are especially suited to the high heat, speed, and efficiency needed in the kitchen, not to mention any design scheme you might imagine.
So next time you’re cooking a meal, take a closer look at the technology you’re using – glass and glass-ceramic are almost certainly behind the form and function of your kitchen.