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How do you use an oven-safe plate?

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An oven-safe plate is a great way to cook food without having to worry about it melting or becoming damaged. Oven-safe plates are made to resist high temperatures, so you can place them in the oven without worrying about melting or becoming warped.

In this article, we will discuss how to use an oven-safe plate and some of the benefits of using one.

Why should you use oven-safe plates?

It usually happens when you’re late for something and you want your food warm, the thought came, “Can I just put the plate in the oven?” Yes, you can! As long as they are labeled oven-safe plates, they are safe.

This label is generally imprinted on the bottom of the plate. Examples of oven-safe plates are plates made with ceramic, glass, cast iron, and metal.

If the container is NOT oven-safe, don’t use it to heat your food. A non-oven-safe plate may fracture or shatter if placed in the oven.

Oven-Safe Plates

Before we get into the list of non-stick materials that are oven safe, let’s discuss thermal shock.

Thermal shock is when there’s a rapid change in the temperature of an object. When this happens, the plate rapidly heats or rapidly cools. Even if a plate is labeled oven-safe, extreme temperatures can cause materials to fracture or break.

To avoid this, don’t stick a plate straight into a scorching oven; instead, put the plate in the oven when it’s cold and let it slowly warm up with the food inside.

Also, do not put cold water on the dish or store it in the fridge after taking it out of the oven. Allow your dish to cool to the point that you can touch it without hot pads before placing it in the sink or refrigerator.

Let’s look at the various materials utilized to make oven-safe plates now that we’ve covered the subject.

Glass

Oven-safe Plates are often made of glass. Glass is a popular ingredient in the manufacture of Corelle and Pyrex, which are heat-resistant glass materials.

The most popular type of plate is undoubtedly Corelle. It’s dishwasher safe up to 350°F. However, I wouldn’t put a plate in an oven that hot. To warm food evenly, it should be heated to around 250°F.

Oven safe-plates

Pyrex is designed to resist the thermal shock of being in an oven. You may safely heat leftovers on a Pyrex plate or container if you only want to put them in the oven to warm them up. The bottom of the container or plate should indicate what you may do with it. For example, “Microwave safe, No Stovetop, No Broiler,” is inscribed on my box.

When unsure about whether a plate can be used in the oven, check the bottom. If you choose to use a pyrex plate that came with a lid, remember to remove the cover since it’s commonly plastic or rubber and could melt.

If you’re not sure about the manufacturer, look at the bottom of the plate for a brand name. If there isn’t any identification on it, consult the company’s website. If you still can’t decide, be cautious and don’t put it in the oven.

Ceramic

Oven-safe plates can also be made of ceramic. Ceramic plates are often rather costly, but they endure the heat of an oven well.

Ceramic is a classic material for ceramic ware, which is usually fired (heated in a kiln at high temperatures) after creation. If you put your ceramic plate in the oven after it has been painted, the paint may crack and flake off.

Other than that, ceramics endure reasonably well in the oven when properly cared for. As with all things that emerge from a hot oven, remember to be careful when removing it.

Metal

Metal isn’t a very popular dinner plate material, but it is the most well-equipped for the oven. You may have stainless steel plates that are simply metal that has been sealed with hard enamel.

Metals don’t become as susceptible to thermal shock at much lower temperatures, such as when the metal is heated to extreme temperatures and then placed in the freezer. However, if your metal plate is thin, it may deform in high temperatures.

And once again, please remove the pan using hot pads since it will be extremely hot when removed from the oven.

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Cast-Iron

I adore cast iron. However, it’s the rarest among the other oven-safe plates listed. There is nothing to fear about putting it in the oven. When putting it in the oven, be cautious not to drop it since it may be rather heavy.

For safety’s sake, use hot pads to protect your hands because cast iron retains more heat than other materials, it will be much hotter.

Non-Oven-Safe Plates

Here are some of the plates you should NEVER, under any circumstances, attempt to put in your oven.

Plastic

Plastic can melt when exposed to high temperatures. There’s no doubt about it. While there are certain plastic resins that can withstand high temperatures, they are not widely used and they are most likely not what your plate is composed of.

When a plastic plate melts in the oven, it generates toxic gases that aren’t pleasant to breathe. If you only have plastic plates, don’t put them in the oven.

Wood

Wood won’t melt but would catch on fire. Please, do not put wood plates in the oven.

I prefer enameled cast iron to non-enameled wood plates since it is less porous and can withstand higher temperatures than other woods.

Some types of wood plates have been treated or coated with some sort of enamel, so I would not cook them in the oven merely for caution’s sake. The last thing you want is a fire when all you wanted was some hot food.

Paper

I’m not sure if this needs to be said, but I’m sure it will come in handy at some point.

Paper will catch fire at lower temperatures, so please don’t put paper products in the oven. The only safe scenario is – that the oven is off and you’re cleaning it with paper towels.

Styrofoam

Just in case, this appears to be one of common sense, but it’s worth noting. Styrofoam is excellent for keeping things cold and is rather inexpensive to produce.

It’s quite malleable, though it melts rather readily at high temperatures. Furthermore, the vapors it emits when it melts are just as hazardous to your health as those from plastic. Please don’t put this in the oven again. Please do NOT place this in the oven.

Conclusion

When it comes to cookware, the ability to use one or both methods is up to you. Most plates will have labels on the back indicating if they are microwave or oven-safe. If the plate does not say, you can check with the manufacturer to see if it is. Don’t risk putting a dish in the oven just to be sure.

In general, a plate can be baked at a temperature of 250 °F or less in the oven. However, this is determined by the material from which your plate was manufactured. If you need further information, most manufacturers will be able to tell you what temperature is safe.