Can I use the ceramic liner from a slow cooker in the oven?
By Adrienne from Toronto
Adrienne, I have an oval crockpot liner from a crockpot that went bad and I kept it because underneath it is stamped-oven safe. joanie
I have used mine in the oven.. you just cant put the lid in the oven if it has plastic or rubber around it.
I didn't realize this could be done until one of my friends suggested it. Now, I use it to bake things like ziti or mac and cheese, in the oven, then, take the crockpot to work to keep the food warm.
If you limit your heat to 350 degrees F., there whould be no problem. Also, considering it is ceramic, better to place the crock in a cold oven so that it warms gently, rather than putting it into a blazing hot oven (just to be safe). I researched this same query on the internet and have been successfully using it in the oven while maintaining these restrictions.
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Can I use a crockpot liner in a regular oven? My heating element has failed and I would love to use the liner pot in a regular oven because it is a big casserole size and I hate to throw it out.
The instructions for my slow cooker says not to use the ceramic pot inside or on any hot appliance other than the slow cooker itself.
I just googled the manufacturer of mine (Cucina) and easily found their website and contact phone number and email for customer service so you should be able to find yours too.
I do seem to remember that there are some models where the ceramic pot can be used in the oven but there was a temperature limit. Best to ask the maker of the slow cooker itself.
Oh, and simply out of curiosity, I did just email Cucina asking if it's safe and what temperature for mine anyway. I'll update you here when I hear back from them with their answer.
No matter what, please don't just discard the pot because you can use it as a mini bucket for cleaning, storing items under the sink, make a table centerpiece out of it, etc. or, as Great Granny Vi mentioned, use it as a plant pot.
I use my old crock pot liner to raise my bread dough. I just oil the inside, turn the dough over to coat it and put the lid on. The lid protects the dough from drafts, and it allows me to easily see when the dough has doubled in bulk. Works great!
Of course you can. It's stoneware. It gets heated while in the crockpot base. What is the difference if the heat source is now the oven? There is none. Use it freely. To be cautious, check the surface of the glaze in between uses to look for checks and cracks indicating that the ceramic below is breaking apart from the heat. But that could take years.
Here's the answer I just received back from Cucina:
I wouldn't. The heat can crack the pot. The slow cooker starts slow and builds up the temperature with the pot retaining the heat. Average slow cookers are designed to heat from only 170 to 280 degrees.
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Can a crock pot (slow cooker) ceramic liner be used in a regular oven?
Holly from Richardson, TX
I would read the fine print on the directions. They may not be suitable for the higher temperatures in the oven. You could use oven bags, the larger ones would probably fit in the crock-pot.
Do you really need the liner? I have never had anything stick to my crock-pot that a bit of a soak wouldn't get off. (02/26/2008)
I assume that what you are referring to as a liner is the ceramic pot and lid from the crock pot. I often use the ceramic pot and lid from my slow cookers directly in the oven, just like a large casserole dish. I've never tried them on really high temperatures, but I often use them at 350 or 375 degrees, and I've never had a problem. (02/26/2008)
Be careful about using the clear top of the crock-pot liner in your oven. The ceramic pot part should be fine. Use uncovered, or cover with foil. I used mine in the oven at 350 degrees, and the handle on top softened and came off. My husband was able to add a replacement handle, saving the crock-pot. (02/27/2008)
Yes they can, in fact they are great in the oven, because of the construction (clay) the heat is equally spread out. If the lid has a metal handle with NO rubber washers in between the handle and the glass, it too can be used otherwise. Just use tin foil that's wrapped around the top edge to form a tight seal. (02/27/2008)
By Ted Norris
Holly, are you referring to the actual ceramic pot from the Crock Pot, OR the highly heat-resistant plastic baggie liners that they sell to go inside the Crock Pot's ceramic pot? Just wondering. (02/27/2008)
I am referring to the actual ceramic insert for the crock-pot. (02/27/2008)
I put mine in the oven and used low heat. Worked ok, but, it's such a heavy ceramic that it seemed to bend the oven rack a little. (11/27/2008)