I own several Pyrex mixing bowls and storage sets; when I see the individual bowls on sale I snag them because they can be used for so many things. This is a four cup bowl so it is perfect for making gelatin based desserts but you can use it for just about anything. It is a little on the large side for making a pot pie unless you want something that the whole family can dig in to. Because there is a lid you can use this to make a salad or dessert to take to a party but the size of it does restrict what you can make in it or store inside it. So far the glass has resisted scratching but I usually try to use plastic or silicone kitchen tools when working with this and other Pyrex pieces. It is freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe but when transferring from the freezer to the oven please all it at least two hours for the contents to partially thaw.