Your Crock Pot is a handy tool for whipping up meals that don’t take a lot of effort.
Simply toss the ingredients in the pot and let them cook.
You’ve got to love that, right?
A common question that many home chefs ask is “can my crock pot go in the oven?”
The answer is yes, you can.
Keep reading to find out the best way to do so.
Components That Can Go in the Oven
Obviously, you’re not going to put your entire Crock-Pot into the oven.
That’s good because only the insert can be used in the oven.
To use it in the oven, remove it from the electrical base of the pot.
Keep in mind that Crock Pot is one brand of slow cooker.
If you have another brand, be sure you read the manufacturer’s directions for information about oven use.
Components That Can’t Go in the Oven
Clearly you can’t put the electrical part of your Crock Pot in the oven. And you don’t need to.
If you’re using the oven to cook the food in the insert, you won’t need the heat from the base of the pot.
You can’t put the lid in the oven either. It is usually made of glass and can’t withstand the high heat in the average oven.
If you’re cooking something that needs to be covered, use foil instead.
I’m a big fan of putting my stoneware insert into the oven.
It’s so handy to start a meal in the Crock Pot and finish it quickly under higher heat.
Never use your Crock Pot at temperatures higher than 400 degrees.
This can damage the insert or even cause it break.
That means you can’t use your Crock Pot under the broiler.
The temperature at this setting is to high and can damage the materials or ruin your insert.
Tips for Using a Crock Pot in the Oven
To make this even easier for you, I’ve gathered some tips for getting the most out of using your Crock Pot in the oven.
One important thing to keep in mind is that you should always check for cracks in your stoneware insert before putting it into the oven.
Those cracks can break completely at high temperatures, leaving you with no dinner and a mess to clean up inside your oven.
Don’t overfill your Crock Pot.
Even if it’s your favorite recipe in the entire world, this is just asking for a mess.
Too full, and your Crock Pot could overflow when it heats up. And I promise that’s a mess you don’t want to deal with.
This might go without saying, but you should never remove a hot Crock Pot from the oven without using mitts.
Stoneware gets very hot and touching it with your bare hands is going to be painful.
Keep your oven mitts handy when it’s time to take dinner out of the oven.
Finally, stoneware can crack or break with extreme temperature changes.
Don’t take your insert out of the oven and place it in the freezer or fridge.
Never run cold water into it when it’s still hot to the touch.
Is A Crock Pot Oven Safe?
Yes, a crock pot is oven safe.
The great news is that you can definitely use your Crock Pot in the oven when following the instructions above.
Use the following summary to help you get started.
● Never exceed temperatures of 400 degrees
● Don’t put the Crock-Pot under the broiler
● The heating element and lid cannot go in the oven
● Use caution so you don’t get burned
● Don’t expose the insert to extreme temperature changes
● Don’t overfill the Crock Pot
With a little bit of practice, you’ll be a pro at starting a meal in the Crock Pot and finishing it in the oven. Dinner never tasted so good!