This Is Why You Should Never Place a Hot Lid Facedown on Your Glass Top Stove

Be careful in the kitchen! This simple move can have shattering consequences.

Even seasoned cooks know it pay to be safe in the kitchen. In the past, we’ve talked about making sure your knives are sharp, keeping a fire extinguisher on hand (just in case!) and not setting a piping hot dish on a cold countertop. (Did you know that Pyrex glassware is no longer thermal shock-resistant?)

But not everyone knows about the dangers of resting a hot lid on the stove—especially if it has a glass top.

Why You Should Be Careful When Cooking on a Glass Top Stove

Most of us wouldn’t even think twice about taking a hot lid from a pot and setting it on the stove while stirring. But if you have a glass top stove, you should change this behavior ASAP because there have been reports of shattering range surfaces. Seriously! Even in the best-case scenario, the cooktop will crack, which is still a costly mistake.

We like glass stovetops for a sleek, modern look in the kitchen. And we used to think that the hardest part of having a glass stovetop was cleaning that shiny surface, but now we have something new to think about.

Why Does This Happen?

It’s not just about the temperature change, like when you put an icy freezer meal into a hot oven or a cold glass dish into boiling hot water. Shattered cooktops happen when heat is trapped between the lid and the glass stovetop, creating a strong vacuum seal. The air is forcefully sucked out and shatters the glass. While this kind of “exploding” stovetop might not be common, it’s a good idea to be safe instead of sorry!

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