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Old 02-11-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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Slow Cooker Crock in Oven?

I have an old (as in 25+ years old) crock that came from a slow cooker that gave up the ghost. How can I tell if it's oven safe? Say for temps up to 350* F.

I still have the original manual, but it doesn't address the issue. The manufacturer (H & H Appliances of Whittier, CA) doesn't seem to be around anymore (at least not on the web).

The crock is glazed on the inside, but not on the outside (it wasn't removable from the heating unit). The capacity is 5 qts. The crock is described as "stoneware." The glass cover is thick, with no obvious flaws. In case it helps, the original slow cooker was called a "Poke Along Crockery Cook Pot."

So, can anyone suggest a safe way to test this unit to ascertain its heating limit in an oven? Thanks.

Pete K.

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Old 02-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #2
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Sometimes I gamble, but I definately wouldn't gamble with that. Here's how I look at it: You can buy a DO pretty cheap. If for some reason the crock fell apart and you got stew all over your oven, would it be worth the cost of a DO not to have to clean all that junk up?
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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Newer slow cookers come with warnings not to use the pots in the oven.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Instead of using it in the oven, I think I'll use it for rising bread dough. It's about the right size and should keep the dough warm.

Thanks again.

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:04 PM   #5
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I have often wondered the same thing, but always thought better of it, LOL. In my case using it to slow cook in the oven at temps no higher than 300 but usually closer to 250.
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Old 02-16-2008, 11:24 AM   #6
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I know from watching an old boss do it, DON'T PUT THEM ON THE TOP OF THE STOVE!!!! She did and it cracked. What a mes!
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:10 PM   #7
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Any 25 year old stoneware, I would be more worried about possible lead in the finish than
in it breaking. Stoneware is cheap, buy new, and new stock. A lot of "new" stoneware has set on the shelf for a while, and could contain lead.
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