Are Pfaltzgraff Dishes Oven Safe?


Pfaltzgraff is an American kitchenware brand that sells stone dinnerware, glassware, flatware, and other kitchen prep and cooking tools. If you’re new to their brand, you may be wondering are Pfaltzgraff dishes oven-safe?

I did some research and here’s what I discovered:

While all Pfaltzgraff bakeware is oven-safe, some can only go up to 350 degrees, while others up to 500. All are dishwasher & microwave safe. Their dinnerware, however (plates, bowls, & platters), while still stoneware, should not go in the oven. Always check the specific product you have for maximum safe temperatures.

But there’s much more to know about Pfaltzgraff stoneware!

Just keep reading to learn more!

How do you know if a dish is oven-safe?

Oven safe dishes are a powerhouse in a productive kitchen. They are versatile and look great serving many purposes – from mixing and baking to serving.

After combining ingredients for a dish on the countertop, you can pop it in the oven to finish it off without issue.

However, if you’ve ever put a non-oven safe dish in the oven, you know what a disaster it can be! You can ruin your dish and your meal. You can also create extra work for yourself when a busted dish makes a mess all over your oven.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are a few ways to determine if the bowl you’re working with will transfer from a refrigerator or countertop into a hot oven.

Many people think that all stoneware is oven safe. Unfortunately, it’s not.

If the glaze on the dish does not cover all of the porous clay beneath it, then it’s unprotected. Unprotected clay is sensitive to temperature changes. So you want to look for a dish that is completely covered with no exposed clay.

You should also look for a label on the dish indicating that it is ovenproof. A picture of an oven indicates the dish can be placed in the oven.

A picture of wavy lines means it can be used in low-temperature ovens.

If you are still unsure, you should look up the manufacturer’s recommendations. Pfaltzgraff has several different types of stoneware, each of them with their own use and care recommendations.

To find the instructions as it relates to your set, head over to the Pfaltzgraff USE & CARE FAQS.

Can Stoneware dishes go in the oven?

You’ll find stoneware of all brands in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors. Stoneware cookware, especially bakeware, is great for baking. It’s dishwasher safe, microwave-safe, and oven-safe.

It holds heat very well and is beautiful to look at, too. So it makes an excellent serving dish, too!

However, when talking about dishes – plates and bowls, they really shouldn’t be used in an oven.

According to Pfaltzgraff’s dinnerware FAQs:

“Pfaltzgraff dinnerware without precious metal accents can be safely warmed or heated in the oven. Place cool dinnerware in the oven and allow it to heat gradually when the oven is turned on. Never place cool dinnerware in a preheated hot oven or on the burner of a gas or electric range. This rapid heat change may cause the item to crack.”

So you can put them in the oven, but they aren’t meant for baking at high heat.

They are susceptible to thermal shock. This means that you shouldn’t take your stoneware out of the fridge or freezer and place it directly into a microwave or hot oven. Or vice-versa.

If you want to warm your dinnerware, it should be placed in a cold oven and heated gradually. Oven temperature should not get any higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another ceramic dish that is susceptible to thermal shock, are slow cookers.

Slow cookers are very durable and will last a long time if cared for properly. But if you take it out of the fridge and put it in a hot oven, it’s likely to crack.

In fact, that quick change in temperatures is one of the reasons Crock-Pots sometimes crack. But it’s not the only reason!! To read more about why slow cookers crack, read this recent article.

Just click the link to read it on my site.

Are all Pfaltzgraff stoneware dishes oven safe?

No. Some Pfaltzgraff dinnerware contains precious metal accents. Those dishes cannot be safely heated in an oven, even slowly.

If your dishes do not have precious metals, and you want to warm it up, it should be placed in a cold oven and heated gradually to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Oven temperature should never get any higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

While they are safe for the microwave, Pfaltzgraff stoneware dishes should never be used on the stovetop or under a broiler. Don’t place hot dishes on cold or wet surfaces, as this can cause them to break due to thermal shock.

Also, remember that the bottom of the dishes are unfinished. You’ll want to sand this unglazed bottom lightly. Or you can rub the bottoms of two dishes together to smooth the rough edges. This will help protect surfaces from getting scratched.

If you are unsure of whether your dishes can be placed in an oven, check out their USE & CARE FAQS. All of their products and each product has its own unique instructions for use and care.

What temperature is Pfaltzgraff bakeware oven safe for?

Pfaltzgraff bakeware is microwave and dishwasher safe.

It is also oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for baking sweets or casseroles.

Pfaltzgraff glassware should not be used in the oven at all, and stoneware and earthenware dishes shouldn’t be used for baking.

Unlike stoneware and earthenware, bakeware doesn’t need to be heated slowly. It can go straight into your preheated oven.

The Pfaltzgraff product line is extensive, and as a result, each product will have its own use and care instructions. Be sure to check the packaging or the website product for complete instructions.

For example, some of their bakeware, like this Pfaltzgraff 11-Inch Pie Plate in Starburst Blue (click to see it on Amazon), are oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. So you wouldn’t want to bake anything in it that requires temperatures above 350 degrees.

Other items, like this Pfaltzgraff Plymouth Pumpkin Casserole Baker (click to see it on Amazon) is safe up to 450 degrees for 4 hours.

So you can see why it’s important to check the instructions for your individual item. If you are making stews and need to go from the stovetop to the oven, a Dutch oven has the versatility you need.

But if you don’t have a Dutch oven, you may be tempted to use CorningWare. Some CorningWare can go from the stovetop to the oven. But not all CorningWare is created equally!

To find out what CorningWare products are designed to go from stovetop to oven, check out this recent article.

Just click the link to read it on my site.

Can Pfaltzgraff bakeware go under a broiler?

No.

Broiling food helps melt and crisp foods perfectly. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do that in your Pfaltzgraff.

While Pfaltzgraff bakeware is oven safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe, it is only oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Broilers typically heat to 550 degrees.

The best dishes for using the broiler are metal pans or rimmed sheet pans. Using the broiler with your stoneware could cause it to crack.

Some people make the mistake of relying on their broiler to cook food completely. Broilers are meant to sear the exterior of food. Whatever you put under the broiler should be cooked on a stovetop or baked first. Then, they get finished off with the broiler.

Don’t leave food under the broiler for too long, though! It really only takes a few minutes to broil before it burns. So watch whatever you put under the broiler carefully

Did I answer everything you wanted to know about whether Pfaltzgraff dishes are oven-safe?

In this article, we talked about whether Pfaltzgraff dishes are oven safe.

Stoneware specifically designed for baking can go into a preheated oven and can be heated up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stoneware dishes, however, should never be placed in a preheated oven. They can be placed in a cold oven, and gradually heated up to a maximum of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whatever you do, don’t ever put your Pfaltzgraff bakeware under a broiler.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff was a leader for Whole Foods Market for over 2 decades and is now a recovering foodie. When he's not spending time in the kitchen, he can usually be found with his wife & 3 daughters, he can usually be found practicing martial arts, making music, or blogging on his other sites. Click to learn more about me

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