Cuchina Safe

Cover 'n Cook Microwave-Safe Covers

Glass Lids

When Susan Castriota was diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter recommended she use glass microwave lids instead of potentially harmful plastic ones. So Susan created her own durable, safer glass designs.

Cuchina Safe lids are made with strong, non-porous borosilicate glass. It won’t hold on to odors, stains, or bacteria
like plastics can. And unlike some plastic lids and wrap, the glass won’t break down when it’s heated.

The vented lids can handle temps up to 450 degrees in the microwave or oven, and are great for reheating, cooking, steaming, or to use as a splatter guard. Flip the deeper glass lid over and it can double as a baking dish, while the smaller lids can work as a top for pots and pans, too.

Cuchina Safe’s durable lids are a safer alternative and handy kitchen multi-taskers, too—and we think that makes them a double good idea.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Susan
    Susan

    Hello Grommet fans! I'm Susan Castriota - inventor of the Cuchina Safe Lids and Cover 'n Cook microwave plate cover. I am so excited to have my culinary inventions featured as today's Grommet. As a breast cancer survivor, I was concerned about using plastics in the microwave, so I switched to using glass. And you can too, with my all-glass vented lids and cover.

  • Jeronimo Dan
    Jeronimo Dan
    7/11/2017 10:44 AM

    Price? You gotta be kidding.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 10:50 AM

    @Jeronimo Dan , Dan this is commercial grade Borosilicate glass. I choose this glass because it was the same formula used in the original PYREX cookware. I still use my grandmothers Pyrex, its was a good product that last for generations.

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    7/11/2017 10:50 AM

    @Jeronimo Dan I agree price is a little steep. Other than that I would probably buy a couple.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 10:56 AM

    @Thomas,

    My lids and covers have multiple uses and if cared for, will be around your kitchen a lot longer than any plastic product. I hope you reconsider, glass is so much better than plastics!

  • Angelique
    Angelique
    7/11/2017 2:19 PM

    @Susan What a wonderful product. Congratulations on following through with all the necessary steps and expense to bring your idea to us. I like it! I am going to get myself a set and am *seriously* considering a set for a Winter Holiday gift. Quick question: Is this as sturdy as Pyrex? I have a congenitally clumsy hubby who WILL bang them about. Will they shatter? Thanks and Well Done!!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 2:28 PM

    @Angelique

    Angelique, thanks for the kind words. These make perfect gifts. The Borosilcate glass that I use is actually sturdier than the newer Pyrex made today. It has a high resistance to sudden temp change. Yes, if you drop it on a tile floor, it could break or chip. But honestly, I have used mine so many times and taken them to shows with me and I have not had an issue.But it is a GLASS product, but so much better than plastics!

  • Angelique
    Angelique
    7/11/2017 2:33 PM

    @Susan Bought mine, cover and lids! Am going to call my sister *right now* and see if this would be something she would enjoy as well. As for Hubby, he will just have to buy me a new set if he breaks ii! LOL

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 2:44 PM

    @Angelique

    Thanks you are so sweet! Tell hubby to use an oven mitt and have a towel handy on your counter. I also bought table top easels and display my lids and cover on the easels, keeps them safe and handy too.

  • PAT
    PAT
    7/11/2017 10:53 AM

    sounds good but a little steep for the pocketbook

  • Beverly
    Beverly
    7/11/2017 10:58 AM

    @PAT agree! ket me know when it's reduced to $19.99

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 10:58 AM

    @PAT The reason for the price is the high quality materials used - these covers are made of commercial grade Borosilicate glass, which is actually the same formula used in original PYREX cookware.

    Also keep in mind that we only launch products that are made by small Makers who are relatively new to market, and aren't able to profit with discount prices.

    If you do decide to purchase, know you're getting an excellent, durable product and supporting a worthy small business!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 10:59 AM

    @PAT , Pat, like I stated above, Glass cookware will be around longer than plastics. I still have my moms and grandmothers Pyrex glassware. And I use it, my Lids fit on top of most bowls and mugs.

  • Pam
    Pam
    7/11/2017 10:59 AM

    I'm in agreement with everyone else. I would be interested in this product, however, the price is too high. Even Pyrex cookware was priced competitively in it's day.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:04 AM

    @Pam Pyrex is no longer made of Borosilcate glass because of the cost of manufacturing. Since I am a new company, I don't have the luxury of manufacturing large quantities.

    And these are patented products, there are no other glass vented lids on the market today.

  • MaryAnn
    MaryAnn
    7/11/2017 11:07 AM

    @Mike....This is made in China, if you told me this was made in the U.S., by a small business I would be more likely to spend the money, but in China where there is no guarantee of the product quality...no way.....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 11:11 AM

    @MaryAnn We hear you, and we love our Made in the USA products as well. Unfortunately, small businesses like Cuchina Safe don't always have the luxury of manufacturing here in the states. The reality is that producing products here is just more expensive, so in order to keep the price affordable for customers, Chinese manufacturing is the way to go.

    Most of our Makers try tooth and nail to manufacture here in the USA, but a lot of the time it just isn't financially feasible.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:23 AM

    @Mike

    Unfortunately, there are NO manufacturers of Borosilicate cookware in the US. If I can find one, I would love nothing more than to manufacture my product in the USA!

  • William
    William
    7/11/2017 11:01 AM

    First, I would like to commend you, Ms Castriota, on taking such a serious life experience, (cancer), and turning it into such a positive and helpful outcome for others!! I do have a question for you... I know plastics in the microwave can be very dangerous and unhealthy. But what about BPA-free plastics? Are they an acceptable replacement for regular plastics?

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:07 AM

    @William

    I did much research on the dangers of BPA and BPA-free plastics. They both omit estrogen-like chemicals. Over all , glass is the cleanest and safest way to cook in the microwave. And my products are over safe too!

  • William
    William
    7/11/2017 11:23 AM

    Thanks! Good to know! I see that most of the comments submitted by other folks express their concern over price. Personally, I think $29.95 is a reasonable price for a quality product such as these, especially considering that they would replace very unhealthy plastic lids. Having personally survived cancer myself, I am very willing to pay $29.95 to eliminate a daily source of toxins in my life.

  • Lawrence
    Lawrence
    7/11/2017 11:32 AM

    @William When it comes to health, the $29.95 is cheap. Having survived cancer I would have gladly paid anything in the past to avoid the dreaded C. Sometimes you need to avoid the WalMart low price temptation and recognize that some investments do reap big rewards. It's all personal choice: pay me now or pay me later...but the payment WILL be made.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:40 AM

    @Lawrence , thanks for your comment. You can't put a price on good health!

  • William
    William
    7/11/2017 11:47 AM

    You're spot on, Lawrence!

  • Renee
    Renee
    7/11/2017 11:54 AM

    @Susan

    While the prices are not cheap, I will be making a place in my budget for these. I had put off buying previous iterations of glass lids because Amazon reviews complained of breakage from heat. Recently I've been seeing research that BPA free plastics are not safe and I'm beginning to think silicone microwave products will eventually be called out as well. Wishing you all the best.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 12:21 PM

    @Renee . The Pyrex today is made of Tempered Soda-Lime glass,in my view, not as good as the original Borosilcate Pyrex formula. And yes, BPA-Free plastic omit EA, Estrogen activity. I also wonder about silicone, not much research has been done yet on that, but it does have chemicals from dyes, which is kind of scary! Enjoy the Cuchina Glass in good Health!

  • Gina
    Gina
    7/11/2017 11:07 AM

    When I use lids that are larger than my pot it always collects condensation and makes a puddle of water. Do you have that problem with this product?

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:14 AM

    @Gina

    Gina, you may have a little, however the vents allow steam to escape.I steam my green beans and broccoli on the stove using the 8" lid and I don't have any issues like that. As soon as the steam rises, I know I have perfect veggies! In the microwave the condensation "rains" down on the food to keep it moist.

  • John
    John
    7/11/2017 11:12 AM

    Great idea and product, but I'll repeat the feedback that the price is just too high.

    I'm also REALLY uncomfortable with the whole back-story and marketing approach being taken here.

    I have the greatest respect for the inventor's experience and I'm thrilled it appears she has survived.

    BUT, it seems really wrong to leverage that to sell stuff. AND, the supposed connection to a doctor's medical advice seems shady and disreputable. It smacks of the kind of claim that the FDA wouldn't like very much.

    I like the idea of glass versus plastic, and heating up plastic in a microwave isn't a great idea. I just think the marketing here is highly misguided.

    Are you claiming that this item will help prevent cancer?

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:17 AM

    @John ,

    John, No I do not claim anything about preventing cancer. I was inspired to invent this product because after going through cancer treatment, I wanted to limit the chemicals I was using. I was a author of childrens books, inventing glass cookware was a direct result of my cancer experience, so its a big part of my story.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 11:18 AM

    @John I'm sorry you feel that way about Susan's story. For every product we launch, we always include the Maker's backstory in order to give our customers a connection to our Makers and deepen the respect we have for their efforts in getting new products and businesses off the ground.

    In Susan's case, her illness was an integral part of the story surrounding the creation of Cuchina Safe, so we included that as part of the product launch. It isn't about "leveraging" that to sell Cuchina Safe, it's just about relaying the Maker story to our audience.

    And we aren't claiming that this prevents cancer, but it is safer, longer lasting option than using plastic, which can emit those harmful chemicals that are hazardous for your health.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    7/11/2017 11:13 AM

    I bought less expensive versions (non-vented i might add), and they are both broken after less than a year. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Also, given the dangers of plastic wrap, i think it's worth a relatively small investment to ensure some level of health safety. I bought both sizes and I'm happy.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:26 AM

    @Jennifer Jennifer, thanks for your order!! I am sure you will like them and enjoy cooking with glass. You will appreciate the quality of the glass, much heavier than what is on the market, like bowls and other glassware.

  • Virginia
    Virginia
    7/11/2017 11:17 AM

    That's a great idea but it's beyond my budget..You gotta think about that price....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 11:20 AM

    @Virginia As was already stated above, Cuchina Safe is made from high quality, long-lasting Borosilicate glass, which accounts for the price. Just know you're getting a product that will last for years and years to come!

  • Judith
    Judith
    7/11/2017 11:27 AM

    Price does seem high, but I HATE plastic. Looks worth buying for the length service. I store nothing in plastic if I can help it and don't like using plastic in the microwave. Even though my husband and I are elderly and on a fixed income, count me in!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:34 AM

    @Judith Judith, I thank you for your interest and purchase. Not only is plastic toxic when heated, but bacteria is also a concern and Glass will not harbor bacteria.I have recipes posted on my website, in PDF form and videos of my recipes on youtube., so you can learn how to use the lids!

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    7/11/2017 11:29 AM

    When using in the microwave, do they get too hot to touch and require pot holders or mitts?

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:37 AM

    @Jackie Jackie, as with all glass, yes they get hot, because that helps to heat the food. There are 3 handles on the lids and a rim on the cover that do not get as hot as the glass touching the food. So please use mitts or a towel. Look for my mini mitts coming out next year, maybe on Grommet!!

  • james
    james
    7/11/2017 11:38 AM

    Regarding price - yes it is expensive. But I use many things for covers in the microwave, including dinner plats, plastic covers, and most often - plastic wrap. Dinner plates are awkward and messy. Plastic dishes and wrap are unhealthy. Since this will take the place of many boxes of plastic wrap over its lifetime, seems like a pretty good deal.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:56 AM

    @james James, I like the way you think!! I was guilty of "boil in bag" veggies, YUK, pop corn in a nasty bag, plastic wraps and frozen dinners in plastic. Now I can not believe how much plastic I used until I was switched to GLASS. And my products are vented, an extra bonus.

  • Tricia
    Tricia
    7/11/2017 11:38 AM

    Do the lids or the covers get hot? Would you need protection from burning your hands when removing the tops immediately after cooking in the microwave?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 11:40 AM

    @Tricia Susan actually answered this above, but yes it does get hot - that helps heat the food. However, there are three handles as well as a rim that don't get quite as hot. We definitely recommend using gloves or mitts when handling.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:53 AM

    Tricia,

    I treat any glass coming out of the microwave just like I would treat glass coming out of the oven, with a mitt or towel. Having said that, the glass does not get as hot as in the oven, but its good to always protect yourself.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    7/11/2017 11:38 AM

    Although the price is a bit high that is not my biggest concern. My concern is how can we trust that the product is as specified since it is made in China. Thanks, Catherine

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 11:50 AM

    @Catherine This product is made in China, yes, but we can attest to it's quality - we tested it before launching and it is a high quality, long-lasting product. As Susan stated above, she'd love to manufacture here in the US, but China is the only place that manufactures the Borosilicate glass that Cuchina Safe lids are made out of.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:50 AM

    @Catherine , Catherine, I have my products tested by independent testing labs in the USA. When it says Borosilcate, I have the test to prove it. They also go through oven and dishwasher testing. Good question, thanks for asking.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/11/2017 11:39 AM

    I'm in! Plastic covers melt or warp under high heat (releasing who knows what chemicals) and certainly don't pull double-duty as baking dishes. Pay more money now and you're saving down the road.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:43 AM

    @Amy , Amy, you are so right!! I have my mom and grandmothers old glass Pyrex, can I say I have their old plastic lids and bowls? No I can not. And they will keep your microwave nice and clean.

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    7/11/2017 11:39 AM

    I love this idea and I am very impressed that you turned your cancer experience into a product that gives us healthier choices as consumers. Of course your personal experience is integral to this story! I just ordered both products and I don't think the pricing is too high as others have stated - (and some rather rudely, which is uncalled for). Thank you and I'm excited to receive these!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 11:46 AM

    @Cheryl , Cheryl, thanks so much for your comment and the purchase. I call this my "lemons to Lemon cake" story. So make sure you look for my Lemon cake recipe ( made in the microwave in 4 minutes!!!" on my web site or youtube channel.

  • Charlene
    Charlene
    7/11/2017 12:06 PM

    @Susan You keep referencing recipes on your website. Can you please that link here? Congrats on your great idea. I still have and use the very first Pyrex measuring cup and pie plate given to me at wedding showers in 1969. Gives one a real life example if how long this product may last. Best of health!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/11/2017 12:11 PM

    @Charlene Unfortunately we aren't able to post outside links here, but you can find the Cuchina Safe website with a quick Google search!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 12:18 PM

    Charlene,

    SO happy to hear you still use your first Pyrex measuring cup from 1969!!! I hope my products will become heirlooms for the next generations! BTW - I use the large Pyrex mixing bowl with the 11" Vented Lid to make popcorn, spray the bottom of bowl, use 1/2 cup of kernels, place the lid on top and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes for PERFECT popcorn.

  • Charlene
    Charlene
    7/11/2017 12:18 PM

    @Mike Thanks for the "heads up" on Susan's site. Found quickly and easily via Google. Grommet has quickly become my most enjoyable vice! (But not my cheapest one.) Love your products, presentations, and helpful videos.

  • theresa
    theresa
    7/11/2017 1:18 PM

    Love this! Only one concern. These covers are way too large for me to use as I only use 6" plates. Is there plans to develop smaller sizes?

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 1:34 PM

    @theresa

    Theresa, I use the cover n cook plate cover on smaller plates too. they still do the job, and the vents still work. Plans are in the works for a smaller cover, but glass designs take time, so not yet.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    7/11/2017 1:18 PM

    How heavy are these lids? It seems like they would weigh much more than plastic lids

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 1:43 PM

    @Sharon

    Sharon, yes, they are commercial grade glass.

    The 8" lid is approx. 1.1 lb. the 11" lid is approx. 2 lb. The Cover n Cook is approx 2.6 lb or 2 qt. They are about the same weight as other glass cookware. They are heavier and more sturdy than plastic cookware or lids.

  • Rosemary
    Rosemary
    7/11/2017 1:39 PM

    How big in diameter is the Microwave Cover & Baking Dish? Some of the plastic ones I have are too small for my plates. I don't have a problem with the price, because I have been looking for a glass microwave cover for some time, and all the ones I've found are too small to fit my plates well. Thanks.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 1:47 PM

    @Rosemary

    Rosemary, the inside of the Cover is about 9.3" diameter. Since most plates are concave, it fits many sizes of plates. Because of the wavy vents, it can also sit on top of a larger plate and still vent and steam food. Thanks, hope that helps.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/11/2017 2:57 PM

    Hi Susan! Something I've been searching for forever! Anyone that has microwaved cover free(aka my husband and children)knows the pain of cleaning after it, for that alone I'd buy this. However, more baking dishes I don't need. I'm still using my grandmothers original pyrex baking dishes. Any chance of maybe a 2 pack of the glass covers ever being available? I'd purchase in a heartbeat!

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 3:10 PM

    @Amy

    Amy, the 2 lids, 8" and 11" come in a package for $29.95. I think maybe people who thought the lids were expensive did not realize there were 2 Glass Vented Lids per package. The smaller one is for smaller bowls, cereal and veggies, the larger one I use for larger bowls and it makes perfect popcorn when used with a large mixing bowl or Pyrex Measuring 2 qt. glass bowl. They keep your microwave clean and steam your food while using less water to retain the nutrients.

  • Susan
    Susan – Special Guest
    7/11/2017 3:14 PM

    Amy,

    these are the 2 flat vented lids that cover bowls, pots and mugs. If I buy frozen food, I take it out of the plastic and put it in a bowl and cover with the lid.

    The Cover n Cook is to cover plates.

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