When it comes to oven-safe cookware, there are a lot of choices on the market. It can be difficult to decide which is the best option for your needs, from cast iron to copper. How do you know which ones are oven-safe? And what does that mean, exactly?

If you want to ensure your old favorites are safe to use, or you're in the market for new cookware, read on to learn everything you need to know about oven-safe cookware.

Oven-Safe Cookware

Oven-safe cookware is any cookware you can use in an oven, including casserole dishes, baking pans, dutch ovens, and more. Oven-safe cookware can quickly move food from the stovetop to the oven. For example, you can start a dish on the stovetop to brown it, then finish cooking it in the oven.

There are a few best practices when using oven-safe cookware:

  • Check your manufacturer's instructions. Always check the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the piece of cookware you're using is rated for oven use.
  • Pay attention to the maximum temperature rating. Oven-safe cookware is safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, but some materials can only handle 350 degrees or less.
  • Avoid sudden temperature changes. Be aware that glass and ceramic cookware can break if the temperature suddenly changes, like going from the hot oven to a cold countertop.
  • Check for mixed materials. Some cookware is made with multiple materials, like a metal pan with a wooden handle. In these cases, it's usually only the metal portion that's oven-safe.

Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware has been popular for centuries, and it's no wonder it's still around today. Cast iron can withstand high temperatures and is durable, making it ideal for cooking. You can use it on the stovetop, in the oven, or over a campfire.

You can create a nonstick surface and prevent rusting by seasoning your cast iron cookware. Once it's seasoned, cast iron cookware can last for years with proper care.

Related: How to Season a Carbon Steel Pan

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel shares similarities with cast iron in terms of durability and heat retention abilities. However, carbon steel is lighter in weight and has a smoother surface. Like cast iron, carbon steel is also oven-safe, and you can use it on the stovetop, in the oven, or over a campfire.

If you decide to use carbon steel cookware, season it before use. Seasoning will help to create a nonstick surface and prevent rusting. With proper care, carbon steel cookware can last for many years.

If you're looking for durable, oven-safe cookware that can handle high temperatures, consider de Buyer carbon steel cookware.

Copper

 

stack of copper pans

Copper cookware is known for its superior heat conductivity. That means that it can help you evenly cook your food, whether boiling water for pasta or searing a steak. If you decide to use copper cookware, choose a pan with a stainless steel lining. These materials will help to protect your food from coming into contact with the copper itself. Avoid using harsh detergents or scrubbers on copper pans, as these can damage the finish.

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameling cast iron cookware makes it more resistant to rust and corrosion, and it's also easier to clean. Proper care is essential to extending the life of your enameled cast iron cookware. Always use gentle cleansers and avoid scrubbing the surface too vigorously. When stored properly, enameled cast iron cookware can last for many years.

Related: Cookware Materials Guide

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular choice for many home cooks, thanks to its durability and ease of care. Stainless steel is non-reactive so that it won't leach into your food and is also dishwasher-safe.

When choosing stainless steel cookware, look for pieces with an aluminum or copper core. These materials help distribute heat more evenly, preventing hot spots that can burn your food.

Dutch Oven

bread baked in a dutch oven

Dutch ovens are heavy pots with tight-fitting lids ideal for braising and slow cooking. Dutch ovens are typically made from enameled cast iron or cast iron, which are long-lasting materials for oven-safe cookware. Dutch ovens work best for recipes that call for moist, slow-cooking methods, like braising or stewing.

Nonstick

Nonstick cookware features a coating that prevents food from sticking to the surface. The coating makes it easy to clean and can also help to prevent burning. However, nonstick cookware is not always oven-safe. Some brands may be safe at a specific temperature, while others should never go in the oven.

If you're unsure whether your nonstick cookware is oven-safe, consult the manufacturer's instructions.

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Glass

You can use glass cookware in the oven; however, not all glass bakeware is created equal. Some types of glass, like tempered glass, are specially designed to be used in the oven. Other glass cookware types may be only safe up to a specific temperature. 

As with nonstick cookware, it's best to consult the manufacturer's instructions before using glass bakeware in the oven.

What's The Best Option?

The best option for oven-safe cookware will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you're looking for cookware that is easy to care for, stainless steel cookware may be a good choice. If you're interested in something that can withstand high temperatures, carbon steel may be a better option. The best cookware for you is the one that best fits the recipe.

Conclusion

When it comes to oven-safe cookware, there are a lot of choices on the market. Deciding on the best option for your needs can be difficult, from carbon steel to copper. With a bit of comparison, you're sure to find the perfect cookware set for your needs.

Looking for oven-safe cookware that will last a lifetime? de Buyer cookware has been handmade in France for more than 200 years. Visit our website to find the right piece of cookware for your kitchen.

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