A slow cooker can be a real game-changer in the kitchen. Life gets crazy for all of us and between work, family time, plans with friends, and extracurriculars, many of us just don’t have time to traditionally prepare every meal in the kitchen.
That’s where a Crock Pot comes in. Using a Crock Pot can save real time and Crock Pot models like the Express Multi-Cooker range can save you up to 70% cooking time!
That means more time to spend with the people you love and doing the things you love.
But what if you want to use the Crock Pot outside of its normal use?
What if you want to use it in the oven?
The good news is you can safely put a crockpot / slow cooker in the oven without damaging it. Just be sure you only put the inner pot into the oven without the lid. When moving the inner pot from the slow cooker you may want to use oven gloves (especially if the crockpot / slow cooker has been on).
There’s a number of reasons you may want to move your slow cooker pot into the oven. Maybe you are making a dip in the slow cooker but want the top to crisp up the way only an oven can do.
Alternatively, perhaps the slow cooker is taking longer than anticipated so you want to finish it off in the oven.
There are so many questions swirling around the internet regarding putting a slow cooker in the oven, and we’re here to answer those questions for you.
While we still recommend checking your specific manufacturer for guidelines on this topic, keep reading for some general guidelines on how to safely but your slow cooker in the Oven.
Can You Put Your Crock Pot / Slow Cooker in the Oven?
As a general rule of thumb, crockpots/slow cookers that are made out of very durable “glazed earthenware,” which are made in kilns, can withstand the heat of an oven. These tend to be older models of Crock Pots/slow cookers.
Newer models that are made of metal can also handle the heat of the oven. If it’s made of any other type of material, make sure to double-check the manufacturer’s guidelines on oven use.
If you are unsure about whether or not your slow cooker pot is suitable for the oven then I suggest simply transferring the ingredients safely into another oven-safe dish instead.
It does mean you’ll be washing up two dishes but it also means there’s likely to be no damage to your slow cooker.
How to Safely Put Your Crock Pot / Slow Cooker in the Oven
Regardless of what model or type of Crock Pot/slow cooker you have, if it is oven-safe, you should only be putting the inner pot into the oven without the lid. Many lids have a plastic handle that will melt in the oven.
So instead of using the lid, use an oven-safe material like aluminum foil to cover the pot. The other part of the Crock Pot/slow cooker that you should not put in the oven is the outer part, which has an electrical plug and is definitely not oven-safe material.
Whether it’s a ceramic or metal Crock Pot/slow cooker, most manufacturers advise against putting your slow cooker in the oven if it exceeds 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are using a ceramic Crock Pot/slow cooker, it is best to warm it up on a slow cooker setting because ceramic can crack if it goes from cold to hot in a short period of time.
Be sure when you move your slow cooker from the unit into the oven you do so using an oven mitt. Especially if the slow cooker has been on as the inner bowl will likely be incredibly hot.
If you’ve found yourself in the situation where you want to put your Crock-Pot or slow cooker in the oven but you couldn’t seem to find a clear consensus on how to do it safely, we hope this article helped you better understand how to do it.
As mentioned previously, while these are general guidelines that are applicable to many Crock Pot/slow cooker models.
It is important that you look up the guidelines for your specific model from the manufacturer to fully understand whether you can put your slow cooker in the oven and, if you can, how to do it safely.