Wondering why some ceramic pots can be used in the oven and other cannot. For starters, the type of handle (and then the lid) will determine whether a pot or frying pan can be used in the oven for roasting or baking, i.e., in the oven at high heat temperatures.
Look for oven-safe materials in the handles and knobs of your ceramic pots and pans.
Oven safe temperatures for cookware based on the type of handles and other parts:
- Stainless steel handles are oven safe to 500°F (260°C)
- Phenolic resin (Bakelite) parts to 350°F (175°C)
- Silicone parts to 400°F (204°C)
- 100% ceramic and cast iron will suit very high oven temperature.
The nonstick type cookware is generally not suitable for the oven at high heat. Even taking the handles and the lids off, this is likely to be so. At high heat, the nonstick coating will start to deteriorate.
By the way, Living the Nourished Life has a great chocolate chip cookie recipe for baking in a cast iron pan.