I am looking for cookware that can help me cook initially on an induction stovetop and then finish by baking in the oven.
I love to experiment with food and prefer using the stovetop and oven for a restaurant-like finish to my dishes. Baking somehow makes any dish look royale.
If you’re also planning to cook some cooktop-to-oven dishes, make sure you have a pan that can be used on the cooktop and the oven.
And how do you know whether your induction pans can be used in the oven? I am here to help!
Can Induction Pans be Used in the Oven?
Most induction Pans are oven safe. The only thing you need to worry about is the pan’s handle.
An oven is a place for high temperatures in an enclosed space. While metal is fine to go inside, plastic, and bakelite, are heat-safe only up to specific temperatures.
If the handle is made up of the same metal as the pan, go ahead and use it in the oven.
If the handle of the pan is made from a different material apart from metal, you need to check compatibility with the oven temperature you are going to use.
How Do I Know If My Induction Pan is Oven Safe?
Just like induction pans have an “induction safe” label on them, oven-safe induction pans come with “oven safe” written on them or in the instruction manual.
For an induction pan to be oven safe, it must be made up of a ferromagnetic material that can withstand the hot heat inside the oven.
If you can’t find the mark, read on to learn more about determining the oven safety of the induction pans.
Things to Look Out for While Placing an Induction Pan in Your Oven
If we were to generalize, I would say we need pans that can withstand a temperature of around 500° F.
This temperature is an average for baking bread and pizzas. Caramelization or crusting would need an average of 350-400° F.
The pans, therefore, need to be able to withstand around 500° F inside the oven.
Before placing your pan inside the oven, go through the checklist below
Oven Safe Mark
As I mentioned earlier, an induction-compatible pan may be made up of an amalgamation of metals, including a magnetic metal.
They may be multi-clad or all-clad.
An easy way to find out is to check the manufacturing instructions, the body of the pan, or the packaging box.
Good brands always include an oven safety mark to match up with modern cooking needs and market competition.
Here is a leaflet describing the universally accepted compatibility marks for different ranges.
Plastic or Bakelite Handles
Induction-compatible pans do come with all sorts of handles.
Just as the size and shape of handles differ, the material also differs depending on the manufacturer’s fancy.
To cut costs, cheap brands attach plastic or bakelite handles to the induction pan. They can get away because heat does not travel to the handle when you cook in an induction cooktop.
You must remember that the oven’s hot temperatures reach everywhere, including the handle.
Steer clear of plastic handles.
These are oven-safe only up to 165-175° F. Baking temperatures are usually far beyond this temperature limit.
Bakelite handles are only oven-safe up to 350° F, beyond which they will crumble.
Material of the Pan
An induction-compatible pan may be made up of an amalgamation of different materials, including a ferromagnetic material.
For variety or to cut costs, manufacturers may clad the pans to make them induction compatible. One such example is induction compatible stoneware pan.
Stoneware can only withstand temperatures up to 350° F before it starts to break down. Do not place such pans in the oven.
Some manufacturers attach an induction-compatible base to a ‘non-stick’ coated pan.
Exposing the non-stick layer to the hot oven can cause chipping and gradual degradation.
The non-stick layer can also release harmful toxins depending on what it is made up of.
It is best to avoid inductions pans that have a non-stick layer unless you are certain it will not break down and release harmful chemicals inside your oven.
Different Cookware Materials and their Oven safety
Let me now also take a few examples of different cookware materials and tell you about their oven compatibility.
Stainless Steel Cookware/Pans
Stainless steel is a great material for oven cooking.
It can easily withstand high temperatures in the oven. Most of our foods don’t bake beyond 600° F, and stainless steel does not break down or wrap under this temperature.
Example: DELARLO stainless steel pan (oven safe up to 500° F)
Cast Iron Cookware/Pans
This is an ideal material when it comes to oven baking. Cast iron can withstand very high temperatures.
Both cast iron and enameled cast iron can go in the oven. You can even season raw cast iron with oil inside the oven.
Example: NUTRICHEF pre-seasoned cast iron pan (Oven safe up to 500° F)
Carbon Steel Cookware/Pans
This is a recent innovation, a hybrid between iron and steel. Carbon steel contains 99% iron and 1% carbon.
It has all the good qualities of both iron and steel. Lightweight, you can easily bake with carbon steel inside the oven. It can withstand high temperatures used for home baking.
Example: Merton & Storck carbon steel pan ( oven safe up to 600° F)
Copper can withstand temperatures up to 500F. That means you can comfortably bake bread and pizzas in a copper pan.
For baking beyond 500F, I would suggest you try other materials.
Example: Copper Chef frying pan (oven safe up to 500° F)
Most baking tins are made of aluminum. It is cheap and readily available for oven cooking.
Aluminum ensures uniform heat diffusion and is often added to metals due to its excellent heat conduction ability.
Aluminum is also known for its high corrosion resistance.
Example: Kitchara hard anodized aluminum skillet (oven-safe up to 500°F)
Ceramic cookware can be tricky. Ceramic with glazed polish and adhesives are not oven safe. They break down when exposed to high temperatures in the oven.
Make sure the ceramic cookware is labeled oven-safe before using it for oven cooking.
Example: GreenPan valencia ceramic skillet (Oven safe up to 600° F)
Silicone pans can withstand the heat of the oven comfortably. Many baking molds are made up of silicon.
Silicone is also an excellent heat conductor so it bakes evenly. As it does not contain any metal, silicone pans cannot be used on the induction. You can only use them in the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.
Sometimes oven-safe induction pans have silicone handles. They are good to go in the oven up to 400° F.
Example: Silicone round cake pan (oven safe up to 440° F)
Usually, glass isn’t oven safe. Tempered glass, on the other hand, is heat-safe up to 400° F.
If you use glass lids or bowls inside the oven, ensure the temperature stays below 400° F.
Sometimes the tempered glass lids have plastic or bakelite knobs. These are not oven safe. Follow the instructions written down for the glass cookware by its manufacturer before using it in the oven
Example: NUTRIUPS glass casserole baking dish with lid (oven safe up to 482° F)
As you are now aware, there are certain things to look out for before using induction pans in the oven.
They must have an oven-safe mark, the handles should not be made of plastic or bakelite.
If you have no other option, do not go beyond 350F for bakelite handles and 165° F for plastic handles.
The pan’s material should be able to withstand high temperatures in the oven.
Avoid induction pans with a non-stick layer in the oven, as they may release harmful chemicals.
Finally, I have shared the compatibility of common cookware materials and their oven safety. I have also thrown in an example in each section.
Armed with this guide, you can now comfortably know which induction pans are suitable for your oven. Cheers!
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