You Should Never Put A Glass Casserole Dish On The Stove. Here's Why

Who doesn't love a good casserole? A hearty, soul-warming dish filled with just about anything you could imagine, it's hard to say no to a scoop of casserole goodness. According to Matador, this one-pot meal became a household staple in the 1950s. They are such a diverse dish, you can make a different one every single day of the week.

Casseroles, also known as hotdishes, are usually made in a casserole dish and baked in the oven at a specific temperature and time, depending on the dish. Some of the most well-known casseroles are baked ziti, green bean casserole, tuna casserole, broccoli chicken bake, and much more (via Allrecipes). 

According to the Chicago Tribune, casseroles get their name from the actual cooking vessel they are made in, a shallow, rectangular, glass or ceramic dish that is oven-safe. While they are oven-safe, most are not meant to be placed on the stovetop.

Casserole dishes aren't usually stovetop safe

All casserole dishes are sold as bakeware, according to Ceramic Products. Stroll down the baking section at any store, and you'll find casserole dishes next to the baking mix. Most of these dishes are made from ceramic or glass, such as soda-lime, tempered glass, and borosilicate, which can shatter when placed on a stovetop (via The New York Times). To avoid the dish shattering, place it on a cooling rack or a dry dish towel off of the stove to cool down.

Glass casserole dishes allow for heat to be distributed evenly and shows the cooking process, which allows for a perfectly cooked dinner (via The New York Times). Ceramic Products says some brands are made specifically for both oven and stovetop, like Corningware. Be sure to read the bottom of the dish when buying to see cooking directions.

The New York Times says that if, by chance, your dish does shatter, most tempered glass ones will shatter into larger pieces, rather than sharp pieces. To avoid an accident that results in buying brand-new cookware, take precautions and keep glass casseroles dishes off of a warm stovetop and keep cooking delectable dinners.