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Dec 21, 2013 02:37 AM

Cooking with new combo microwave convection oven help

My faithful old microwave died and my new one is so different.

Last night I blew up a glass dish trying to microwave spiced pecans for five minutes. I had stopped the turntable for my large rectangular dish and set the glass pan right on the glass turntable. Was that wrong?

There doesn't seem to be an owners manual unless the installer threw it out with the box--just a laminated sheet of User Instructions. Whirlpool 1.8 Gold.

Any advice is welcome. The dish exploded in my hands and it freaked me out.

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  1. Instruction manuals are online at the Whirlpool site - this looks to be the one for your model based on your description.

    Were your hands wet? Shock cooling shatter can happen anytime glass is heated and unevenly chilled.

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    1. re: MidwesternerTT

      I will go to the manual now. Thank you.
      My hands weren't wet. I was holding the dish with pot holders.
      The Pyrex instructions said something about the dish being safe for microwave ovens *without browning element.*
      So now I am wondering about the over and the possibility of a browning element. Maybe the manual will help.

      1. re: MidwesternerTT

        No help in manual. My question: is it safe to use Pyrex oblong glass pan set on glass turntable, turntable turned off?

        1. re: Suejelly

          Worth a phone call to the customer service line, as shown on their website. And also, perhaps, to Pyrex for clarification.

      2. Pyrex can have problems with hot vs cold

        1. I'm (only) guessing that there was a flaw in the dish. I have a Samsung MW/convection and use pyrex regularly both for MW and for convection cooking. As mentioned I'd call their customer service but I'm putting my money on the dish. What a mess :(

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          1. re: c oliver

            This is why I'm phasing out my glass bakeware and replacing it with stoneware and porcelain. When I find a really smoking deal, I pounce.

          2. We have a kitchen aid micro/convection built in and it does have a browning element, but it's not always on, so you can convection bake without the browning element.

            I would read the thereads on exploding pyrex, it may have just been a coincidence. All the turntable does is better distribute the microwaves across the food, this should not be an issue with the convection oven. We've baked all kinds of stuff in ours. Not sure how much pyrex has been in it though.