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Safe to microwave soup in a pickle jar?

kiwi Jan 12, 2010 09:08 AM

I put left-over soup (miso/tofu/noodle concoction) in a pickle jar to bring it to work.
I was thinking it would be safe to reheat it in the glass jar (lidless obviously) in the microwave. Is this gonna work? Or am I gonna have a microwave full of soup and broken glass?

Thanks in advance!

  1. Bacardi1 Jul 29, 2012 04:53 PM

    This is NOT safe & shouldn't be experimented with.

    Good grief - in this day & age when there are cheap microwave-safe containers available everywhere, why would you want to use some old pickle jar????

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    1. re: Bacardi1
      e0023 Jul 29, 2012 05:00 PM

      I just did it.. was fine. As long as there's no metal on it

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      e0023 Jul 29, 2012 04:38 PM

      I just tried it out. It's safe but not very effective. The jar got blazing hot yet the contents not so warm... You're better off putting it in a mug or something.

      1. NYCkaren Jan 12, 2010 11:37 AM

        I frequently store leftovers in old jars and microwave them. I've never had a problem.

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        1. re: NYCkaren
          kiwi Jan 12, 2010 11:39 AM

          Karen, where were you an hour ago when I needed a tie-breaker?! ;}

        2. kiwi Jan 12, 2010 10:49 AM

          Thanks for your input folks. I was hoping for a tie-breaker. And, erring on the side of caution, I ended up heating my soup in a ceramic flower pot. How embarrassing.

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          1. re: kiwi
            dump123456789 Jan 12, 2010 02:26 PM

            I have a microwave in my office. I keep a round 2-3 quart (safe for microwave) pyrex baking dish in it. When I reheat stuff, the food goes into a bowl or other container, which then sits in the baking dish. That way, if the bowl/container cracks or leaks, the pyrex dish catches the mess. Keeps the microwave cleaner too (unless the food pops or explodes).

            1. re: kiwi
              acgold7 Jul 29, 2012 04:58 PM

              Didn't the soup run out of the drain hole in the bottom?

            2. exploravore Jan 12, 2010 09:28 AM

              I just heated miso soup in an almond butter jar for 2 minutes and it was fine. I store most leftovers in old glass jars and reheating hasn't been an issue, although I don't use the microwave all that often.

              1. shaogo Jan 12, 2010 09:25 AM

                Not safe, unless your pickle jar's made from tempered glass.

                It's not so much that the microwaving will have any effect on the glass jar, it's the change in temperature from cold to hot -- and then to cold again when you take the jar out of the microwave.

                At home, I'd say put it on a plate and give it a try, removing the jar with a napkin and eating carefully. At work, I just wouldn't risk doing something like this.

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                1. re: shaogo
                  jmnewel Jan 12, 2010 11:41 AM

                  My experience is that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. It's probably not worth taking the risk at work.

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