What is a Roasting Pan?

by Digby_Adams

How to pick out the best roaster pan for your cooking needs and easily create a delicious meal for your family and friends.

A roasting pan is a pan that is designed to withstand high oven temperatures for a long-time. It also better be pretty big and strong to hold turkeys, chickens, hams, or roasts with lots of vegetables. Often the roasting or roaster pan will come with a cover and/or a roasting rack.

The first decision you have to make when choosing a roaster pan is whether it will be disposable or not. Many people opt not to store the large pan when they aren't using it. If they are preparing a turkey for a church supper or family dinner they prefer to take a disposable roaster pan. They have the advantage of not cleaning it and lugging it home.

Disposable roasting pans come in handy when you've only got ONE roasting pan and you're cooking a turkey AND A ham for the family reunion. It cuts down on anyone forgetting to bring an extra roasting pan for you to use. One less thing to go wrong!

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How to Choose the Best Roasting Pan for You

  1. Make sure that it fits in your oven. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but ovens aren't a standard size. If you have a small one, then a big roasting pan might not fit. So measure your oven both sideways and to the back as well as the height, before you decide on a roasting pan. That way you won't be calling your sister at 9pm the night before Thanksgiving asking how big HER roasting pan is. 
  2. Check the metal that makes up the roasting pan. You want a high-quality material such as 18/10 stainless steel. This ensures that the roast will cook evenly. It's often why the expensive name brand roasting pans coast so much more. It's your choice if you use non-stick interiors or not. That's truly a personal decision that you can research on your own.
  3. Decide whether you want to add the extra cost of a roasting rack. I would say yes. Then you won't have to make sure that you eventually get one with the right dimensions. I truly do believe that the roast or other meat cooks better and more evenly on one. 
  4. A cover for your roasting pan is a good accessory as well. Although I think a tin foil tent is pretty easy.
  5. Make sure that the handles are easy-to-grip and preferably stay-cool. You'll still probably need potholders but every little bit helps!
  6. A dishwasher-safe roasting pan is a nice time saver on a busy day.

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Updated: 10/10/2012, Digby_Adams
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