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Will a Ceramic Plate Break in the Oven?

While known for their durability and versatility, not all ceramic dish sets are created equal. Below we will discuss the proper use and care of ceramic baking dishes.

Are Ceramic Plates Oven Safe?

Ceramic dinnerware is made of clay and hardened by high heat or fire. This process alone helps make ceramic heat resistant. However, many glazes used to coat ceramic dish ware are not oven safe. For this reason, you should check with your dinnerware supplier before placing a ceramic plate in the oven.

HF Coors Dinnerware

Want the ease of microwave safe dishes without all the toxic, melting plastic? At HF Coors, all of our ceramic plates and dishes are oven safe, microwave safe, and broil safe. Our dinnerware is heated at high temperatures to prevent the dreaded ceramic crack even in a very hot oven. As an added bonus, our dishes are also freezer and dishwasher safe.

How do Ceramic Dishes Compare to Fine China?

Fine China

While fine china is also heated to high temperatures, it is not oven, microwave, and certainly not dishwasher safe. China is made up of clay, kaolin, feldspar, and quartz. It’s fired in a kiln and it almost always needs to be hand-washed due to its delicacy.

Usually known for being "fancy" there's a reason why grandma only brought out the family china on special occasions. While it may be beautiful, it is impractical and poorly suited for daily use.

How to care for China?

  • Always hand wash

  • Use a lemon juice and salt mixture only (no harmful dish soaps)

  • Use warm, but not hot water to rinse

  • Never stack china dishes in the sink

  • Individually wrap china when stored

Fine china, including bone china, is susceptible to thermal stress due to their characteristic thinness. Care should be taken with a heated plate made of ceramic as well (hot pads are encouraged), but you're much more likely to find oven safe plates made of ceramic.

Ceramic Dishes

Did you know that archeologists have uncovered human-made ceramics that date back to at least 24,000 BC? There's a reason why ceramic remains classic. The porous clay underneath the glaze helps ceramic retain heat, making a thick ceramic plate a perfect place for warm food.

While being durable enough to withstand high temperatures, porcelain is a fraction of the weight of other oven safe materials, such as cast-iron, and remains a kitchen favorite due to its beauty and versatility.

How to care for Ceramic

  • Stack with care by inserting a paper towel between items

  • Utilize in conjunction with wooden or silicone utensils to avoid scratching

  • Remove metal marks with cookware and cleanser Polish

  • Do NOT use on a stove top burner

  • Avoid impact. Handle with care

While generally much easier to care for than delicate china, ceramic dishes are still breakable and should be handled accordingly.

How to Avoid Thermal Shock?

Thermal shock refers to suddenly changed thermal stresses when the heat flux and component temperature gradient change abruptly. Thermal shock produces cracks as a result of rapid component temperature change, or, in other words, a shattered plate in the oven.

If cold food comes into contact with a heated ceramic plate it will likely be fine, but placing freezing food into an oven-hot dish is another story. Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind to avoid thermal shock:

  1. Only utilize microwave safe or oven safe dishes in your microwave or oven.

At HF Coors, our pieces are all microwave and oven safe.

  1. Preheat your oven with your ceramic dinnerware inside.

Generally, it's a good idea to avoid sudden temperature changes, like a casserole dish full of cold food going into an already heated oven. Instead, place your empty ceramic dish in the oven while it's preheating.

  1. Let it cool before storage.

It's best not to put piping hot dinnerware into a cold fridge. Let the dish instead come down closer to room temperature before storing.

What are additional benefits of HF Coors dinnerware?

  • Vitrified ceramic

  • All of HF Coors ceramic pieces are lead-free

  • Will not absorb moisture or odors

  • Broiler Safe, Oven Safe, Microwave Safe

  • Dishwasher Safe, Freezer Safe

  • Highly resistant to staining, cracking, and crazing

  • Two year guarantee against chipping under normal use

HF Coors Dinnerware

HF Coor Dinnerware is 100% made in the USA and is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business as well as a HUBzone certified dinnerware manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona.

At HF Coors, we pride ourselves in providing high quality products and services to our customers. If you have any questions please contact us by phone at 520-903-1010, or by e-mail at info@hfcoors.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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