Can I Use a Cast Iron Pan on a Ceramic Range?

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Q: I have seen a lot of recipes calling for Dutch overs or cast iron skillets. The issue is, that I have a ceramic top stop. Can I use these with my stove top?

I feel like the weight and heat will crack the ceramic top. Any help would be great. Thanks!

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Editor: Here are a couple of discussions elsewhere about this same topic:

Dutch Ovens safe for my Glass Ceramic Cooktop? at Mombu
Using Ceramic Top (Flat Top) Electric Range with Cast Iron Skillets at What's Cooking America

There are some differing opinions in those two discussions, but one of the common themes to be a suggestion to use a diffuser, or flame-tamer underneath a pan so it doesn't scratch the surface. Also, don't slide the pan around — lift it up and move it.

Readers, any experience with using a Dutch oven or other cast iron pan on a ceramic glass range?

 

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