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Nov 18, 2006 02:04 PM

Can I put a crockpot in the oven?

I'm interested in making Bittman's no-knead bread, but I don't have anything large enough (and heavy enough) in which to bake the bread except my crockpot crock. If I put it in the oven at such a high temperature, is it sure to crack?

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  1. I'm pretty sure that the crockpot would crack at that temperature.

    1. Crockpots are wonderful things, but ONLY within their narrow temperature ranges.

      No oven.

      No Re-Heating of cold stuff on the stovetop.

      No Pre-Heating for crock-braised recipes.

      Gosh... that sounded gruff. And I've already had morning coffee. It's just that these are beautiful instruments within the 60-240 degree range, but they crack and break if treated as a normal pot.

      1. Thanks for your advice. I was fearing this was the case. Looks like Bittman's is going to have to make a couple mini loaves for me.

        1. When in doubt, don't, but mine has a clearly marked -- stamped into the ceramic -- warning against use over open flame, but says nothing about the oven. Assuming the manual is long gone, try the mfr's website.

          Whatever the advisability of doing it regularly, I'd be really surprised if the inserts are quite so fragile as to break right away at reasonable oven temps. It might happen with repeated use, but the likelihood of people doing it, unless there's a really obvious warning, is just too high - so whether out of concern or just fear of legal exposure, I'm sure they're made to withstand temps in that range.

          1. I was going to use mine too. Mine a Rival, has a stoneware insert. It says it can go in the oven, but does not mention temps. The lid can not go in, but I thought I could use heavy foil.

            I think I'll check their site first for temp info.