If your cookware is labeled as induction ready, it is a common error to believe you can use it in the oven. That’s not always the case. Unknowingly putting the wrong bakeware into your oven may cause severe accidents. Therefore, you need to find out if induction-ready means oven-safe or not.
In this guide, we’ll start by explaining the difference between induction-ready and oven safe. Then, we’ll clear up a few common misconceptions about using these pots and pans in the oven. Lastly, we will discuss how to determine whether your pans are induction-ready and oven-safe.
Does Induction Ready Mean The Same As Oven Safe?
In most cases, induction-ready cookware is not oven safe. Similarly, oven-safe cookware isn’t induction-ready and vice versa. You can’t put your induction-ready pan in the oven or vice versa because of differences in how their materials conduct heat. To be clear, induction cooking uses magnetic fields to generate heat, so it’s not like you’re literally walking around with a miniature magnet inside your kitchen.
To clarify, induction-ready means the pan is magnetic and will work on an induction cooking surface. Since induction cooking is a method of cooking that uses a magnetic field to heat a cooking vessel, this type of cooking works differently than gas, electric, or infrared heating methods.
However, you may be able to use induction-ready bakeware in the oven when the cookware doesn’t have any silicone parts in it, and the temperature is bearable. On the other hand, oven-safe is the term used to describe cookware that can withstand oven temperatures. This includes most stainless steel and aluminum cookware.
If you are wondering whether your non-stick pan or other types of metal cookware is oven safe, check the manufacturer’s instructions or contact them directly to be sure. Some manufacturers may advertise that their pans are “induction ready”, which means they can be used safely with an induction stovetop without needing a special pan like an induction-compatible pan.
Suppose you have an induction stovetop and want to use it with your existing non-stick pans. In that case, we recommend using a Stainless Steel Cookware Set, as it guarantees compatibility with any induction cooktop.
How To Identify Oven Safe Pans?
The first thing you need to do is to check the pan’s packaging, or if it doesn’t have one, check the packaging of the pan’s manufacturer. Look for words such as ‘oven safe’, ‘dishwasher safe’, or ‘microwave safe’. If there are no labels, then you will need to check for other clues on the package. If you can see through the bottom of the pan, look for discoloration around the edges of the bottom. This will tell you if the pan has been overheated in an oven before.
When you see such discoloration, you should not use the pan in an oven again until it has been replaced. If your pan does not have clear markings on it like a new one, you will need to do some testing yourself by putting it into an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176 degrees Celsius. Leave it there for an hour or two with some water inside. The water should be boiling when you put it in but not when you take it out after an hour or two, depending on how hot your stove gets. When the pan shows different results, it isn’t oven safe.
Can You Use An Induction Cookware In A Gas Oven?
You can use induction cookware in a gas oven, but not directly on the element. You’ll need to use an induction-compatible pan or skillet and place it on a compatible surface on top of the element. For example, if you have a gas range with two burners, one at either end of the cooking surface, you need to place your induction-compatible pan or skillet on a flat surface that’s been placed over one of those burners.
If you have an electric range with multiple burners, then you may be able to use your induction-compatible pan or skillet directly on top of the element. Just make sure that the element is turned off first. If there’s any doubt about whether or not your range can handle induction cookware, check with the manufacturer before attempting this.
In any case, you cannot use induction bakeware directly in a gas oven because it doesn’t heat up via direct contact with an electric current like standard electrical resistance. Rather, it heats up via magnetic attraction between its base and its heating element.
How To Recognize Induction Ready Cookware?
When you’re looking for induction ready cookware, there are a few things you should look for. First, check if the product description contains words like “induction”, “interior iron”, or “ferromagnetic interior”. If it does, then you’re good to go. In case you can’t find any of these words in the product description, don’t worry! You can still check for yourself using the magnet test method.
To perform the magnet test, hold a small flat magnet near the bottom of your pan, and see if it sticks to it. If not, then you’re good to go. If it does stick, try flipping your pan over and repeating the test from there. If it still sticks on both sides of your pan, then it’s not induction ready. There is a hint for easy identification: most induction ready pans have a flat bottom.
We hope this article helps you differentiate between induction ready and oven safe. The answer to the question is a little bit complicated, but it should give you some peace of mind. The induction ready label on your cookware is not the same as an oven-safe label, but most induction-ready items will still be able to go safely into your oven. The only time you may get an issue is if you are using an item that has plastic or silicone handles for both induction cooking and baking.