Glass Steaming is a fast, simple, and low-cost way to cool and insulate your glassware without using up precious glass.
It’s also an excellent way to remove stains, and makes it easy to wash out spills.
We’ve covered glass steaming in our guide to glass steams in the past.
Here are 10 easy, affordable, and effective ways to steam your glass and get it ready for your next party.
Glass Steaming: The Basics If you’re new to steaming, it’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to protect your glasswork without using precious glass, so you can get to the fun of it with the freshest, tastiest, and most beautiful glassware you can find.
This article will walk you through the basics of steaming glass and its uses.
If you need help with the process or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Step 1: Determine how much glass you want to steam and how long you want your steaming time to be.
It is best to steam a larger amount of glass, like 8 to 10 glasses, in one go than to steam smaller, more manageable pieces.
This will make it easier to get all the glass in the glassware at once.
For example, if you’re trying to steam 8 to 9 glasses of glassware, you might want to wait up to 12 hours to get everything all together.
If your glass is more manageable, you could wait an hour or so.
If you’re steaming smaller pieces of glass (think about how much to steam each), you might be able to steam them faster, but you might still need to let them cool down before you start.
If this happens, you can use the temperature setting on your steamer to determine how much time to wait.
This step can also be done at the sink if you prefer.
Step 2: Put the glass on a cooling rack, like a large sink.
Make sure to steam the glass to a temperature of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit (56 degrees Celsius).
Step 3: Add a layer of ice.
Add one layer of water and allow the ice to sit for at least five minutes before adding the next layer of glass.
If it’s too cold, remove the ice and add more ice.
The ice should cover the entire glass.
Make sure to add more water if the temperature drops too low.
Next, add a layer, then a layer and so on until the entire surface of your glass gets steamed.
It may take a while, but your glass will get better and better at steaming as it cools.
If the temperature goes down too much, you’ll need to add ice more often to keep the temperature steady.
Finally, add the final layer of liquid.
Make it thick enough to cover the whole glass.
You might need to pour a little bit of liquid over the entire piece of glass before adding a final layer.
You can also make the whole piece of steamed glass into a flat, round, or cylinder, which makes it easier for your guests to see.
The glass is cool when it’s flat and you can’t see the pieces through the liquid.
If a lot of glass is steamed, you may want to cut the entire cylinder out and stack it on top of your other pieces.
The Bottom Line: If you’ve never steamed a glassware before, steaming it can be a challenging task.
Don’t worry if you can do it a little easier.
Once you get started, the results will be incredible.
We recommend steaming any glassware from 12 to 15 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) in diameter.
For more tips and tricks on steaming your glass, check out our article on how to steam glass.
Step 4: Fill the steamer with ice and then add your ice.
Fill the glass steamer in the following way: You will see two layers of ice in the middle.
Use a hand-held ice scraper or an ice pick to remove the top layer of the ice.
If using a hand scraper, place the scraper in the center of the steaming surface.
If not, use a spoon or your fingers to pick the scrape out of the glass.
Use the scrapper to gently melt the ice from the bottom of the bowl.
This process can take about 15 minutes.
Step 5: Add the next piece of liquid and ice.
Put the next glass in a glass cup, or put a piece of cardboard on top.
Put the next two pieces of liquid in a separate container, or place the remaining liquid in another container.
If both containers are empty, add more liquid and wait until the next container is filled.
If all of the containers are full, pour the next liquid over them, or use a plastic bag.
This can take up to 15 minutes, depending on how large the container is.