Stoneware question...(duh!)

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  1. pcchris

    pcchris Silver Member

    Okay, so I've never done this...but someone told me that you can freeze meals in the stoneware, and just put the whole thing into the oven. :eek: I don't know...never done it, and not willing to sacrifice my stoneware. If you take a frozen piece of stoneware (with food in it) and put it into the oven, won't it suffer thermal shock? Do you have to thaw it first, or what? Please let me know if any of you do this, and if so, how to do this correctly!!! Thank you!
     
  2. ShanaSmith

    ShanaSmith Silver Member

    I certainly wouldn't do it, nor would I recomend it to anyone. You are right, it can get thermal shock and break. Someone has just gotten lucky if they have done that and not lost a stone.
     
  3. rebeccastt

    rebeccastt Silver Member

    Yes! You CAN freeze meals in stoneware....you just have to MAKE SURE it is completely thawed before putting it into the oven!
     
  4. letscook04

    letscook04 Gold Member

    Yes, you can put the stoneware in the freezer!:)
     
  5. Yes, this is right! If you were to put it directly from freezer to oven, it would have thermal shock. (and a mess!)
     
  6. I do a lot of freezer meals and I freeze my casseroles in freezer paper lined baking dishes and then pop the food out once it is hard so I can keep my baking dishes in my cupboard and cut down on freezer space. My question is, do I have to let the casserole fully defrost before baking or can I put it into a room temp peice of stoneware prior to baking?
     
  7. dcypcar.chef

    dcypcar.chef Silver Member

    Go ahead and take out the freezer meal, put it back in the stoneware and let it defrost that way. When it is thawed completely, then put it in the oven and bake/cook as usual. As long as it is thawed you shouldn't have any problems.
     
  8. My question is...can you take stoneware from the fridge and put it right into the oven? I suppose I could email HO but they seem to say as long as you thaw it completely in the fridge, you can stick it in the oven.

    Come to think of it, I make refried beans in my small oval baker all the time and reheat the leftovers from the fridge to the toaster oven...HMMMMM...
     
  9. You want the food to be at room temp. before putting the food into the oven with a stone. What I sometimes do to speed it up, is put the refrigerated (not frozen) food in the stone and put the stone with food in it in the cold oven and preheat the oven, food, stone all together. There is no drastic temp. difference and it all warms up together. I have never seen anything written saying this is o.k. or not but it is a gradual increase in temp. not a dramatic increase.
    TIP for the day: To thaw food out quickly use our COOKWARE! If you are not a fan of taking all day in the fridge or microwave our cookware speeds up the thawing process. Just like it evenly cooks the food it also thaws it as well. Try it..... Take a pound of hamburger and lay it on the counter verses putting in our Family skillet. It will thaw faster.
     
  10. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    Ann the Nerd is on the scene!

    That works because of heat transfer. The metal of a pan conducts heat from one place to another, usually from the hot burner to your raw food. It works on the same principle to defrost food. It pulls heat from the air and transfers it into the food. To speed it up even more, set the pan on a cooling rack that's set over a bowl of really hot water. Our pans work quite well for this because aluminum is such a great heat conductor.

    To illustrate this easily at a show, pass around the small saute pan with an ice cube in it. People will see how fast the iec cube melts. They will also feel how well the pan conducts, because the whole thing will be cold, not just the spot under the ice cube.
     
  11. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    I do the ice cube demo at all my shows....and tell them there is a scientific reason why it does that, but because I can't explain it, I just call it Pampered Chef Magic! Now, thanks to you Ann - I know the reason behind the "magic"!:D
     
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