You have been watching cooking shows, and now you are ready to expand your cooking skills. But the basic pans you get from a big box store are flimsy and burn too easily. Some of your new recipes also call for moving your pan from the stovetop to the oven. For example, if you are crafting the perfect pan-seared steak, you need a skillet that you can start on the stovetop and transfer to the oven. One of the best brands for the job is Calphalon.
You can use all of the cookware made by Calphalon in the oven. However, different lines of Calphalon pans can withstand different temperatures, and some can even withstand the broiler function. You can place every Calphalon pan in the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Premiere, Contemporary, and classic Classic lines, including their tempered glass lids, are oven safe up to 450 degrees. Calphalon’s Signature and Try-Ply lines are oven safe up to 500 degrees and can be used under the broiler without their lids.
Calphalon’s lines of cookware offer the home chef many quality options. Continue reading for details about using and caring for your Calphalon cookware.
For details on particular lines of Calphalon pans, you can visit the Calphalon website.
- Using Calphalon Pans in the Oven
- Oven Considerations and Reminders
- Caring for Calphalon Pans
- Polishing Stainless Steel and Copper Pans
- Caring for Cast Iron
- Seasoning Other Pans
- What Utensils Can I Use in Calphalon Pans?
- Storing Your Pans
- Final Thoughts
- Related Questions
Using Calphalon Pans in the Oven
Each collection of Calphalon cookware has different oven-safe temperatures. If you don’t know what line your pans are from, you can safely use the pans in the oven up to 400 degrees.
Oven-Safe up to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit
The Select by Calphalon line of pans is stainless steel that is impact-bonded with an aluminum base. This line of pans also comes in a non-stick version and a ceramic non-stick finish. These pans have silicone handles that stay cool on the stovetop, but remember that they will be hot in the oven. Always use pot holders when removing cookware from the oven. The tempered glass lids can also be used in the oven.
It is not safe to put this pan or the lid under the broiler. Direct heat from the broiler is likely to melt the handle on the pan and cause the pan to become misshapen.
The Simply Calphalon line offers stainless steel pans, non-stick anodized aluminum pans, and non-stick enamel pans. These pans and lids are oven-safe up to 400 degrees F, but remember that the stay-cool handles will be hot in the oven. These pans should not be used under the broiler.
Oven-Safe up to 450 Degrees Fahrenheit
Calphalon Classic and Calphalon Premier are available in stainless steel and non-stick. The Classic series also offers a Ceramic non-stick coating, while the Premiere series has a Hard Anodized non-stick offering. The Calphalon Contemporary line offers hard-anodized aluminum non-stick pans.
All of the pans in these lines are oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, as are the tempered glass lids that they come with.
Oven-Safe up to 500 Degrees Fahrenheit
Some of Calphalon’s pans are oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The Signature Series offers stainless steel and non-stick finishes. You can go straight from stovetop to oven with these heavy-duty pans.
The Calphalon Tri-Ply series comes in both copper and stainless steel. These pans are oven and broiler-safe.
Calphalon also offers cast iron pans as part of several of their lines. The cast-iron pans are safe to use in the oven and under the broiler regardless of which line they come from.
Oven Considerations and Reminders
Silicone Wrapped Handles
Calphalon lids are made of tempered glass and are safe to put in the oven up to 400 Degrees. Some of the lids have silicone-wrapped handles or silicone seals around the edges of the pan. If your lid has silicone on it, you should not put the lid into heat higher than 400 or under the broiler because the silicone handle will melt.
Some of the pans have silicone handles. These handles are designed to stay cool on the cooktop. You should remember, though, that the stay-cool handles will still be hot in the oven. So always use both hands and pot holders when removing cookware from the oven to protect your hands.
Can Calphalon Pots go Under the Broiler?
The direct heat from the broiler is much more intense than the heat from the bottom of the oven. It can break the tempered glass lids, melt silicone parts, and warp pans that are not designed for high heat. If you are unsure, don’t put the pan under the broiler.
High-Heat and Non-Stick Surfaces
If your Calphalon pans are non-stick, be careful not to overheat them. The non-stick Teflon coating is a petroleum product. When exposed to extreme temperatures, it can release a gas harmful to humans and deadly to birds. Be sure that you keep your pan below 500 degrees or the below the recommended temperature for the line of pans you have.
Caring for Calphalon Pans
Calphalon recommends hand washing all pans before the first use in warm, sudsy water and drying thoroughly.
Hand Wash Only
The following pans should only be hand-washed, never put through the dishwasher, to preserve the finish on the cooking surface:
- Calphalon Classic Non-Stick Cookware
- Preseasoned Cast Iron
- Select Oil Infused Ceramic Non-stick
- Simply Non-stick
- Simply Easy
- Simply Enamel Non-stick
- Enamel Cast Iron pans
You should use liquid dish soap and a soft-bristle brush or sponge when washing the non-stick surfaces of the pans.
Dishwashing your Calphalon Pots and Pans
All of the other pans in Calphalon’s lines are dishwasher-safe for convenience. Calphalon recommends that your dishwashing detergent is free from bleach and citrus to protect the finish on the pans.
However, the Calphalon website suggests that hand-washing will extend the life of the pans.
Polishing Stainless Steel and Copper Pans
Over time, stainless steel finishes can lose their shine. Copper finish pans develop a patina that is natural to the copper. These changes do not affect the functionality of the cookware.
However, if you want to restore the shine of the cookware, you can use a polishing agent like Bar Keepers Friend to stainless steel and copper surfaces only. Apply the cleaner to a damp cloth or sponge and work in a circular motion to polish the surface of your pans.
Caring for Cast Iron
Cast Iron cookware is unique. When you first open your cast iron pan, wash it in hot water only (no soap) and dry it thoroughly. Then, you will season the pan. Next, put the pan on your stove on high heat. Use a clean towel or paper towel to spread cooking oil around the interior surface of the pan.
When it heats enough that the oil begins to smoke, remove it from the heat and let it cool completely. Finally, take a clean paper towel and wipe out any residue from the interior surface.
When you are ready to cook in cast iron, apply a thin layer of oil to the pan before cooking. After cooking, wash the pan with a scrub brush and hot water only. Towel dry immediately and coat with a thin layer of oil.
If you ever use soap on the cast iron, go through the process of reseasoning the pan.
Seasoning Other Pans
You can also season your pans if they are hard-anodized aluminum. Again, you would use the same process as seasoning cast iron pans explained in the previous section.
What Utensils Can I Use in Calphalon Pans?
One of the questions we face when using non-stick cookware is whether or not we can use metal utensils like spatulas and whisks in the pans. We don’t want to scratch the non-stick surfaces after all. However, depending on which line of Calphalon pans you use, you may use metal utensils in the non-stick pans.
You can use nylon, coated, wooden, and metal utensils in all stainless steel, copper, and cast iron pans. The Contemporary, Signature, and Premiere non-stick pans are safe to use metal utensils in due to their 3-layer non-stick coating.
It would be best if you did not use metal utensils in the Classic, Select, and Simply Calphalon non-stick pans. For those, stick to nylon, coated, or wooden utensils to protect the non-stick surfaces.
You should never use a knife in a non-stick pan because it will cut into the non-stick surface. That damage will cause the non-stick coating to fail, and it can release harmful gases into the air.
Storing Your Pans
When you store your pans, you should stack them carefully, not slide them on top of one another to prevent scratches from forming inside the pans. Some of Calphalon’s pans are made for space-saving stacking.
If you want to avoid stacking pans to protect the non-stick finish, you can try hanging them if you have wall space.
For an in-cabinet option, try a wire rack that separates the pans. You can stack them vertically or horizontally. This also makes it easier to get the pans in and out of the cabinet without a wrestling match.
Investing in quality cookware will not only help you improve your cooking skills but will also stop the constant turnaround of burnt-up flimsy pans. An investment in Calphalon pans will last you a lifetime and will allow you to cook just about anything, stovetop or oven.
Remember to check which line of pan you have before putting them in the oven. All of the pans are oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, but only a few are safe at higher temperatures. The tempered glass lids should only be used at 400 if they have silicone handles or seals.
Other tempered glass lids are safe up to 450 degrees. Always use potholders and both hands when removing hot pans from the oven for safety and stability.
Enjoy your kitchen and experiment with new recipes that require the stovetop and the oven without getting additional pans dirty.
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