It’s no secret that life gets chaotic. However, still cooking homecooked meals allows you to stick to a certain budget or continue to fulfill your dietary requirements.
That’s why a crockpot can be a real game-changer in the kitchen. It helps you whip up tasty meals without taking up your precious time.
However, with CrockPots designed to cook food slowly, what happens when it gets to dinner time and dinner isn’t ready?
Well, CrockPot ceramic inserts are oven safe. So as a result, you can speed up the cooking process of a CrockPot by moving it into the oven. Just be sure to remove the lid first.
Can You Put The Ceramic Part Of A CrockPot In The Oven?
There are so many questions swirling around the internet regarding putting a slow cooker in the oven. One of those questions is whether or not it’s safe to put the ceramic part of the CrockPot into the oven.
While we still recommend checking your specific manufacturer for guidelines on this topic, the short answer is yes!
As a general rule of thumb, older models of CrockPots/slow cookers are made out of very durable “glazed earthenware,” a material that’s made in kilns. As such, they can withstand the heat of an oven.
Newer models, on the other hand, are generally made of metal. Luckily, these can also handle the heat of the oven.
One thing to note is that whether it’s a ceramic or metal slow cooker, most manufacturers advise against putting your slow cooker in the oven if it exceeds 400 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s because ceramic can crack if it goes from cold to hot in a short period of time.
If your slow cooker is made of any other type of material, make sure to double-check the manufacturer’s guidelines on oven use. Unless it’s ceramic or metal, I can’t guarantee that the pot will withstand the oven’s heat.
If you’re unsure about whether or not your slow cooker pot is suitable for the oven 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. I’d say that’s worth the extra elbow grease!
Can You Put A CrockPot In The Oven With Its Lid On?
Regardless of what model or type of CrockPot or slow cooker you have, if it’s oven-safe, you should only be putting the inner pot of the appliance into the oven.
The lid of the CrockPot should not be put into the oven with the ceramic insert for two reasons;
- The lids have a plastic handle that will melt in the oven.
- The glass insert of the lid isn’t designed to withstand the high temperatures of an oven & will likely smash.
As a result, you’ll want to look at using another oven-safe material instead of the lid (such as aluminum foil) to cover the pot.
The other part of the slow cooker that you shouldn’t put in the oven is the outer part, which has an electrical plug and is definitely not made out of oven-safe material.
Be sure when you move your slow cooker from the unit into the oven you do so using an oven mitt. That’s especially important if the slow cooker has been on, as the inner bowl will likely be incredibly hot.
As mentioned previously, while these are general guidelines that are applicable to many Crock Pot/slow cooker models.
It’s important that you look up the guidelines for your specific model from the manufacturer.
That way you can get a clear picture as to whether you can put your slow cooker in the oven or not. And, if you can, that will tell you how to do it safely.
Can A CrockPot Go In The Oven With A Liner?
If like me, you tend to use a CrockPot liner to save time on washing up (seriously, these things are miracle workers).
Then I’ve got fantastic news – provided the CrockPot liner is oven-safe, you can put it into the oven inside the CrockPot ceramic insert!