All-clad oven safety simple guide
When talk about durable and excellent performing cook ware, then it has to be none other than all-clad. However, given the quality of these cookware, it goes without saying that you have to dig deeper into your pockets to grab one of these. This is the reason why buyers want to get a clear understanding of all the details concerning all clad cooking sets.
One of the most frequent concerns about the All-Clad cookware is can All-Clad go in the oven? And if it can what could be the maximum safe temperature for the cookware. To be honest, this is not a question you get can get an answer to by just perusing though the All-Clad website or just any other website that sells these brands of cookware. This is because they all have contradicting information on this issue. I went as far as contacting All-Clad via their customer care line and the following is what I garnered.
Number one is that for up to 315 degree Celsius, All-Clad stainless steel cookware will be safe in the oven or under the boiler. For the non-stick cookware, by All-Clad, they can take an oven temperature of up to 260 degrees Celsius. However, when it comes to the boiler, the non-stick cook ware should only be used for a limited period of time, say a minute or two.
Number two, All-Clad put an emphasis that their lids, (for both the stainless steel cookware and the non-stick cookware) are not oven safe at all. They also went ahead to elaborate that if you happen to put the stainless steel cookware lid into the oven, it simply warps and becomes useless henceforth. For the non-stick cookware lids, they are made of glass and if they are put under such oven temperatures, they shatter to pieces.
To conclude, we could say that All-Clad cookware is safe for the oven, excluding all their lids.
You can easily find oven compatibility on all-clad.com. on this site, you’ll find two places where this information has been outlined. However, it’s not as easy as you think and most likely the information you will get will be distorted and somehow very inaccurate. That aside, here is where to find that information.
The product listings.
On the brand listing page, you will easily find out whether any piece of cookware is safe for the oven temperatures. All you have to do is click on all-clad.com and then click on the tab “all cookware” followed by ‘’’cookware’. Scroll in the list to find the cookware piece that you have an interest in and read through. However, once you’re here, it’s a requirement you click on “essentials” and scroll left or right till you find some call out box. This is the only way you will get the credible information.
However, as good and easy this sounds, I have some few issues with it.
Number one is that inside the nonstick cookware product listing pages, its only stated that the cookware is oven and broiler safe and does not say a thing about the issue of using the cookware on the broiler for a maximum of two minutes. Remember that when I contacted All-Clad, they made it clear that their cookware isn’t safe for the broiler for long periods of time.
Issue number two is that the essentials tab isn’t available when using a mobile phone. In place of that, is a “specifications” segment that approves oven compatibility without even mentioning a specific maximum temperature which basically means its somehow useless. To add on to that, in the two sections, there is no single word that explains that the lids are not safe with the oven or the boiler.
The user manual.
Besides the products listings, this is the second place to get information about this cookware. In the documentation segment of each product, you will find a link that leads you to its own user manual. In this manual, it says that the stainless steel can be used for broiler and the oven. For the nonstick cookware, the manual says that they are oven safe to a temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly its says, do not dare use the cookware under the broiler.
In a nutshell, here are the issues about the manual that I find a bit disturbing.
- No specification of the maximum temperature for the All-Clad stainless steel cookware yet it vasries on models such as with the d3 and the d5
- The manual says you shouldn’t use the nonstick cookware with the broiler. Previously I had made it clear that you can use the non-stick cookware on the broiler provided it doesn’t exceed two minutes.
- When I consulted from All-Clad, they specifically told me that I should remove all lids when suing the All-Clad cookware for either the oven or the broiler. However, if you take a look at the manual, there is no safety instruction that explains this issue of lids not being oven and broiler safe.
Is nonstick cookware by All-Clad oven safe?
When it comes to this, you will hear and read a lot of information, which will obviously mislead you. A good example is this belief that people have about the coating of the non-stick cookware. Many people say that this coating is toxic and when its exposed to high temperatures, it could produce some harmful fumes. This is just a wrong misconception since I had made it clear that all non-stick cookware lines by All-Clad are safe for the oven up to temperatures of 260 degrees Celsius.
How about the non-stick pans? Are they oven safe? All-Clad claims they are. I went into detail of a recent Teflon vs ceramic cookware comparison and read more on the safety precautions. I don’t want to feed you with the unnecessary safety details but I will tell you just what you need to know.
In the years behind us, there was a chemical PFOA that was used in production of Teflon, which is widely used by many companies, including All-Clad, in the manufacture of the non-stick coating on the cookware. There were many health concerns from a number of health organizations, about the use of this chemical. For this reason, many companies such as All-Clad have stopped using this chemical in their production line.
The only concern that is valid on nonstick cookware is its coating, which when exposed to those high temperatures, the coating melts producing some fumes. When they are inhaled, they lead to some short term symptoms that appear like a flu. This affects all nonstick cookware including all-clads including the ha1 and the b1
Recently, there have been very few reported issues. These concerns about the overheating of the cookware is the reason why nonstick cookware maximum temperature is way lower than that of the stainless steel cookware. The same reason why it’s a big no to use the cookware under the broiler for minutes exceeding two.
Safety guidelines when using All-Clad cookware with the oven
Done just jump into that recipe without reading the following list of measure that you need to adhere to, to make sure that you, and your cookware sets are safe. Besides asking yourself can all clad go in the oven, its important you make yourself familiar with the following simple points.
When it comes to all clad cookware, the handles will for sure stay cool when cooking on the gas cooker or stove. However, if you’re using the oven or the broiler, these handles will get super-hot. Its therefore advisable to use a towel or a potholder to remove them from the oven or broiler. Once you do that, make sure that you place the pans facing the wall with the towel still in place. This is to make sure that there will be no point you’ll forget and touch the hot handle.
Don’t use the lids with the oven.
I have been insisting on this point since the first paragraphs of this article. We have some cookware that have made their lids oven safe but when it comes to All-Clad cookware, using the lids with the broiler or the oven will be such a huge mistake.
This is simply a stain, rainbow blue like, or rather a splotchy discoloration that results from overheating the cookware in the oven. If I could explain this in simple terms, when stainless steel is overheated, the chromium in the steel forms an oxidized layer that does the reflecting at a very different wavelength of light leading to a heat tint. To stay away from this, just don’t exceed the stipulated safe temperature. A mixture of water and vinegar(white) or scrubbing with bar keepers friend could help remove the heat tint.
All-Clad cookware is made from several layers of steel and aluminum that have been bonded using some mechanism. They are durable and their chances of warping are pretty slim. However, if you subject the cookware to rapid temperature changes, it could lead to warping. To avoid this, allow your pans or rather, cookware to heat up slowly as well as cool down slowly to avoid the warping.
Lastly, All-Clad cookware is generally heavier than other brands. Handle them with care, most preferably with both hands. Make use of the helper handle that is present in all All-Clad pots.
The final sentiments
Generally, All-Clad cookware is safe for both cooking on the stove or the using in the oven which answers the question can all clad go in the oven? This comes in handy for some recipes that require some searing on your stove followed by some roasting in your oven. My simple advice would be that if you’re using cookware that you’re not sure if its oven safe, you’d rather not try putting it in there. Just consult widely before making such a decision. At least protect yourself and your cookware.