Are you looking for the perfect roasting pan to complete your family meals? Look no further! Today we are reviewing our top choices for roasting pans in 2018. I hope that this makes your shopping process a little easier. To read our individual reviews, simply click on the individual review tab beside each product.
Here Are the Best Roasting Pans of 2018!
Colombian Ware Granite Ware 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 11-Inch x 15-Inch Roaster with Flat Rack
Anolon Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 17-Inch by 12.5-Inch Large Rectangular Roaster with Nonstick Rack
KitchenAid KitchenAid KC1T16RP 16" Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack
Granite Ware 19-Inch Covered Oval Roaster
Viking 3-Ply Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack
Calphalon Contemporary 16-Inch Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack
Norpro KRONA Stainless Steel 12 Quart Multi Roaster
All-Clad E87599 Hard Anodized Aluminum Scratch Resistant Nonstick Anti-Warp Base 16-Inch by 13-Inch Large Roaster Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack
What Is a Roasting Pan, Anyways?
A roasting pan is a piece of cookware that can be used for roasting meat in the oven. It can be used for meat, vegetables, and other foods. Sometimes a roasting pan is used with a rack that sits inside the pan. The rack allows for meat to sit up away from the fat and juices.
A shallow roasting pan is used most often for small roasts. A large-sized roasting pan can be used for cooking poultry, such as a turkey or larger cuts of meat. A deep roasting pan can be used for cooking vegetables and other ingredients that meat can sit on to be cooked instead of a rack. When cooking vegetables with meat, the veggies will absorb the juice and the fat from the meat. A deep roasting pan can also be used as a baking dish for smaller dishes that need to be surrounded by boiling water.
Types Of Roasting Pans
A roasting rack is an accessory of a roasting pan. Not all roasting pans come with racks. A rack may lay horizontal and flat on a roasting pan, or it may be a vertical and standing type. The standing type is often used when roasting a turkey and other poultry.
This type of roaster will have a non-stick surface. Coated enamelware can make the clean up process much easier.
This is my favorite type of roaster because it lasts, and your body will absorb trace amounts of healthy iron. Cast iron conducts heat well and can be used to brown meat on the stovetop before placing it in an oven for roasting. A cast iron roaster should last you for decades.
This type of roaster is made from clay. A clay cooker can brown food when oven temperature is raised towards the end of cooking.
A stainless steel roasting pan often has a non-stick coating.
If you are wanting an inexpensive roaster, then go with aluminum foil. The downside is the same as the upside. It is disposable after just one use. No need to clean, but you will need to buy another aluminum roaster the next time you cook.
Tips for Using a Roasting Pan
When cooking in a roasting pan, it's not always necessary to cover the meat. Covering or uncovering a roasting pan will depend on the type of meat that is being cooked. A good rule of thumb to use is that meat that is high in fat does not need to be covered when roasted. Duck, for instance, does not need to be covered because it is so high in fat. However, a lean cut of meat should be covered and cooked long and slow. Covering and cooking long and slow will help the meat to retain juices. This will also help the meat to soften.
Tips for Cleaning A Roasting Pan
How long it takes and how you clean your roasting pan is going to depend on how badly food may be stuck to the pan. Here are some cleaning tips that may help you to clean a roasting pan more easily:
Rinse and let it soak
Procrastination is something I love to do. With the cleaning of a roasting pan though, procrastination can help. Simply remove the food from the pan, rinse, then fill with water and let it soak in the sink. Go about your day and come back later. You should find the burnt material has softened and will be easier to remove.
Cook off the yuck
Simply fill your roasting pan with hot soapy water. Then place your roasting pan on your stove top and cook. Let it cook and simmer until the stuck on food comes off. Then rinse and begin a normal washing routine that includes some elbow grease. By first cooking off the burnt on food, the elbow grease stage should be much easier.
If you still have some burnt places on your roasting pan after trying the above mentioned steps, try sprinkling on some baking soda. It may also help to pour a little vinegar on the troubled area first, then add baking soda and hot water. Expect some fizzling action. Take a breath and let the fizz do its work. Then scrub, wash, and rinse as you normally would.
Use Oven Cleaner
If all else fails and you still have a dirty pan, spray on some oven cleaner. Then place the pan upside down in a well ventilated area over night. The next day be sure to rinse, wash, and then rinse again thoroughly to get off all the oven cleaner chemicals.
Benefits of Having a Roasting Pan
The main thing you are going to need in order to use a roasting pan, is going to be an oven big enough to fit your roasting pan in. Most people buy the oven first, and then the roasting pan. Thankfully, most ovens are standard in size, and so are roasting pans. Roasting pans do come in a variety of sizes, but most will fit nicely in a standard sized oven.
Best Uses for Roasting Pans
- Cooking meat in the oven
- Cooking vegetables and other ingredients
- Cooking gravy and other sauces over the stove top
What Can You Do With a Roasting Pan, Exactly?
With a roasting pan, you are going to be able to cook juicy meats including, but not limited to, turkey and roasts. You will also be able to cook up vegetables such as carrots and potatoes right along with your meats all in one shot. For gravy and sauce, you can use your roasting pan on the stovetop. I also use my roasting pan for cooking soups. Whenever you need to make a big and deep dish, a roasting pan will easily have you covered.
Materials Needed for a Roasting Pan
Good Meat Thermometer
This will help you to check on the temperature of your meat. Some meats such as turkey should reach a certain internal temperature before they are safe to eat.
When your meat is finished cooking, it helps to have a place to cut the meat. A carving board is an ideal accessory to have. It can also help you to cut up vegetables, carrots, and potatoes, while cooking.
An oven thermometer will tell you the actual temperature of your oven. If you are sure your oven is correct, then you won't need this, but often times ovens can be off. That is when it is helpful to have an oven thermometer.
A roasting pan can be a much used and needed piece of cookware in your home. I've covered some basics of roasting pans here in this article. We've discussed what a roasting pan is, features of a roasting pan, along with tips used for using and cleaning a roasting pan. I've also talked about uses of and things to consider when buying a roasting pan.
While you don't need anything other than a roasting pan and oven, I've gone over some materials and accessories that you might want to consider buying to use with your roasting pan. There are many benefits to owning a roasting pan, so I went over that too. I finished off with discussing what you can do with a roasting pan. I hope that this helps you when purchasing a roasting pan in the future. Once you buy one, I bet you will find even more uses for your roasting pan in addition to what I have already covered here. Happy shopping!