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In the process of making this casserole dish, the porcelain is heated up to 2500 ºF. This makes it highly resistant to thermal shock. You can safely put the casserole in the -22 ºF freezer, later transfer it straight into the hot oven (up to 662 ºF), and after the food is done, use the baker on the table as a serving dish. See More
This casserole dish should not be used on the stovetops. The retailers state that it is possible with a heat diffuser, but there is a high risk for the vessel to shatter when the heat only comes from the bottom. This baker is best used only in the oven, microwave, grill or under the broiler. See More
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The Circulon Symmetry Casserole dish is made from anodized aluminum and weighs only 5.7 lbs. It has two large and comfortable silicone handles on the sides and one on the lid. This makes the pot easily maneuverable even for people with weaker wrists. It also reduces the chances of getting burned or the dish slipping from the hands of the cook. See More
Due to the materials it's made of (aluminum body, non-stick coating, and silicone handles), this casserole dish is not suitable for heat sources other than the stovetop and the oven. Since the highest temperature it can handle is 400 °F, this pot cannot be used on a grill or under a broiler. It is also not microwave-compatible because of the aluminum body of the dish. See More
This casserole dish has a tapered bottom (9.5-inch diameter in the middle, 8-inch diameter on the bottom) and is quite tall (6.4 inches). The reduced contact area with the burner means that it takes more time to heat the contents of the dish all the way through. See More
This casserole dish is coated with 3 layers of hard PFOA-free non-stick material. Care instructions even specify that metal utensils can be used in this dish (though it is better to use wooden/plastic/silicone, as with all non-stick cookware). Raised concentric circles on the cooking surface help reduce surface abrasion and loss of non-stick properties. See More
This casserole dish is safe to use on any kind of stovetop as well as in the oven, under the broiler, or on the grill. Its enameled cast-iron cooking surface is very good at searing and browning when on the stovetop, and retaining heat when in the oven. Because of the materials it's made of, this casserole needs to be heated up slowly but can handle temperatures of up to 500 °F. In comparison, stoneware/porcelain casserole dishes also have great heat resistance, but cannot be used on stovetops. Aluminum dishes with non-stick coating, while suitable for both stovetops and the oven, can be used at the maximum temperature of 400 °F - that means no broiler or grill compatibility. See More
This KitchenAid casserole dish has low resistance to thermal shock because it is made from two different materials (cast iron and porcelain enamel), which react differently to temperature changes. This means that this dish cannot be put in the freezer or on the already hot burner - a sudden change in temperature can crack the cast iron or shatter the enamel. See More