At the risk of looking like a kitchen idiot
May 25, 2009 9:04 PM Subscribe
How can I take care that when I'm reheating glass jars of frozen sauce (or any food) on the stove, they won't shatter?
posted by Countess Elena to Food & Drink (25 answers total)
I won't finish a whole jar of pasta sauce (or anything jarred) at once, and I need to freeze it if I won't eat the rest within a week. If I am planning ahead, I can take out the sauce in the morning to thaw to room temperature by evening, and then the sauce can be removed and reheated in another container.
Often I am not that together, so I want to thaw out a frozen jar of pasta sauce ASAP. The last time I tried this with a microwave, the glass shattered. The jar broke in half after I had taken it out of the microwave, set it on a cool surface, and turned my back. This must have happened due to a rapid temperature change that the ordinary glass wasn't made to handle. I have been wary of trying it since.
These days I don't have a microwave. The old way that I learned to heat up a frozen jar is to set the jar in a saucepan half full of cool water, then heat the water to boiling until the sauce is thawed out enough to decant into another saucepan and heat up alone. Is this Generally Recognized As Safe?