Some recipes require that you brown or sear the food on the stove and then finish it in the oven. To maintain its attractive appearance, and not dirty extra pans, prepare the recipe in a pan or skillet that can also go in the oven. Several cookware manufacturers offer frying pans with interior finishes and handles that can go from hob to oven.
Xtrema Ceramic Fry Pans
Xtrema manufactures ceramic fry pans that can go from the hob to a grill, microwave oven, regular oven, or even a barbecue grill. If a member of your family is running late for dinner, then pop the fry pan in the refrigerator or freezer. They advertise that they use nontoxic materials to make the ceramic pans, which come with a ceramic interior finish, as well. Xtrema offers a 50-year warranty against breakage from thermal shock.
Cast-Iron Frying Pans
People have cooked with cast-iron pans for generations. If cast iron is properly seasoned and does not have any cracks, then it can go from a hob burner to the oven. Make sure that the handle is oven-safe, especially with vintage cast-iron frying pans. Some vintage manufacturers used wood handles that are flammable.
Glass Frying Pans
Americans can no longer purchase glass frying pans, as manufacturers no longer offer them here. If you have a vintage Pyrex frying pan, which they first produced during World War II, then it can go from the hob to a moderate oven with a maximum temperature of 350F.
Non-stick Frying Pans
Circulon advertises that their non-stick skillets are oven-safe up to 500F. You cannot use them in the grill, as it will damage the non-stick coating. T-Fal produces a line of pans, called Initiatives Grey, that are oven-safe to 350F. Read the label before purchasing non-stick cookware to make sure that it is suitable for your purposes.
Stainless Steel Frying Pans
Several companies produce stainless steel frying pans that can go in the oven, including T-Fal, All-Clad and Emerilware. Read the label to make sure that your pan is oven safe, as you cannot tell by appearance.
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