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Thermal shock happens when your stoneware changes temperature too quickly. This can cause the stoneware to crack or break. Luckily, it's relatively easy to avoid thermal shock. Check out these tips:
1. Only put microwave-safe stoneware in your microwave.
Depending on the type of stoneware you have, you may or may not be able to put it in the microwave. If your stoneware is not advertised as safe for the microwave, don't put it in there. Doing so could damage the glaze, and that could potentially allow hot and cold temps to affect the pottery more than they should, leading to thermal shock.
Also, do not put stoneware in your dishwasher unless it clearly notes that it is safe to do so. Most stoneware notes on the bottom whether or not it is safe for dishwasher or microwave use.
2. Preheat your oven with stoneware inside of it.
Although microwave and dishwasher safety varies between different types of stoneware, almost all stoneware is oven safe. However, you don't want to put a cold piece of stoneware into a hot oven -- the sudden change in temperature can easily causes cracks or breakage.
Instead, pop the stoneware in the oven before you turn it on. Then, as the oven heats, the stoneware also has the chance to slowly heat up.
3. Don't place freezing cold food on hot stoneware.
Ideally, you should not put freezing cold food on your stoneware. For example, imagine you are preheating your oven and your stoneware pizza pan (also called a pizza stone) is in it. If you place a frozen pizza onto the hot stone, the cold of the pizza will create thermal shock on the stoneware.
However, if you place pizza dough that's already at room temperature on the stone, it won't experience as much shock.
4. Don't put hot stoneware in the fridge.
If you have leftovers, ideally, you should remove them from your stoneware plates, bowls, pizza stones or other items, and then you should transfer them to another container before putting them in the fridge.
If you decide you want to store your leftovers on your stoneware in your fridge, make sure that they are fully cool before you put them in the fridge. For example, if you have made a meal in a stoneware casserole dish, and you want to put the leftovers in the fridge, you need to make sure it has cooled fully first.Share
13 April 2016