Roanoke, Virginia (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, many home cooks will dust off their roasting pans and racks for the holiday bird. Unfortunately, the ever so useful roasting pan will be put away for the better part of a year right after the holidays. The roasting pan and rack is a multi-function piece of cookware and can be used for many dishes. A quality roasting pan can be used for lasagna, casseroles, and of course, chicken, duck or turkey.
When selecting a quality roasting pan, Mark Jala, the founder of Your Cookware Helper, has 4 criteria:
1. A good roasting pan will be thick enough not to warp. The key here is not as much warping when roasting, but warping when you deglaze the pan on the stove top. All those juices that drip into the pan make a great starter for a sauce.
2. The next feature I look for is adequate size. While the larger sizes may not fit ovens in smaller apartments or homes, they serve a great purpose being large. The larger size accommodates larger foods and handles huge casseroles.
3. Handles that flare outwards rather than straight up or inward. I've used pans that are straight up or inward and I burn myself more often on those than the ones that flare outward.
4. Lastly, I look at heating abilities. When roasting, most of the heat comes from the top. There is still a good amount of heat coming from the bottom, especially if the pan is not full of vegetables. When using a roasting pan for casseroles, the heating qualities are critical.
Mr. Jala awards 2 roasting pans with racks. “The Best Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack award goes to the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro with stainless steel rack. I have some Cuisinart Multiclad Pro and love it. It’s easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and heats exceptionally well,” says Mr. Jala. “With a street price of $75.00 it’s a real bargain.”
The Best Nonstick Roasting Pan with Rack award goes to the Emeril, by All-Clad, anodized aluminum nonstick roasting pan with rack. “Emeril makes excellent cookware with some very user friendly design elements. The anodized aluminum heats very evenly and the nonstick surface is very durable,” says Mr. Jala. “I also like the fact that this nonstick surface is PFOA free. While it still has the PTFE’s from manufacturing, being PFOA free is a big plus for those looking for safe cookware.
The complete Best Roasting Pans article with more details can be found on the Your Cookware Helper website along with other great cookware advice and tips, including last month’s article on 2012 Cookware Trends.
Mark Jala is the founder of Your Cookware Helper and other culinary related websites like Your Cutlery Helper and the Home Cooking Academy. Mr. Jala is writing his first book titled Cook, Talk, Love – How to Nourish Family Relationships During Meal Time. Information about the book can be found on his blog Cook, Talk, Love.