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Roasting pan - non-stick or stainless?

I'm in the market for a new roaster. Recommendations for material, specific brands and the perfect are appreciated!

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  1. DO NOT get a non-stick roasting pan.

    DO however look for a stainless steel roaster and preferably one that is clad in aluminum. AllClad makes a nice one but Calphalon makes a tri-ply stainless roaster that works just as well and costs much less. I believe America's Test Kitchen highly recommends the Calphalon stainless roaster.

    I wouldn't look any further than here:

    1. I second HaagenDazs and would not get a non-stick one.

      You could also insert a roasting rack into a cookware you already own provided that it is wide enough to accomodate. I personally was thinking of getting the AllClad 6 qt French Braiser at Williams-Sonoma (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...) that comes with an elevated rack in it. I don't have a saute pan or roasting rack and the braiser would make a great saute pan (minus the handle but that's what I want for easier storage) and the rack would allow me to roast things in it without always cutting up mirepoire to elevate my product. So you could consider other items "outside the box" unless what you typically roast requires the usual size of most roasting racks, like turkeys.

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      1. re: moreana

        I agree. I frequently use my roasting rack over different pans. You can find roasting racks all over the place. I just saw a stainless steel rack at my local Lowe's store.

        The actual roasting pan itself is rather large. Large is good for things like turkey but is sometimes unnecessary and even unwieldy at times because of it's size.

      2. stainless is the way to go. don't get non-stick. i have the all clad one - i got it on sale - but it is quite large. A regular sized chicken looks a bit ridiculous in it.

        1. Stainless. Our most used one these days was from Ikea for $10, as it's tiny but is perfect for chicken, beef, or pork roasts up to 8lbs.

          1. We have non-stick and we have stainless, and I don't like to use the non-stick ones unless I can't avoid it and particularly need that size. The non-stick roasting pans never seem to get clean -- there is always a slightly greasy feel to them. I recently received the Mario Batali lasagna pan, which is enamel over cast iron, and I've used that to roast a few things. It worked as well as anything else.

            1. Well, that settles it for me - stainless is the way to go. Thanks!

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              1. re: JanRan

                Stainless can go in the dishwasher too - non-stick can't as a general rule. Once you try to wash one of these large roasting pans and slosh soapy, dirty water all over the sink and counter top, you'll start putting the thing on the top rack of your dishwasher! Takes up some space, but it's worth it to me.

              2. Another option is the 13" All-Clad 4 qt. braiser. It has a good sized bottom area and it's a bit deeper than their 12" skillet. You can certainly use that for roasting up to a 10-12 lb. turkey, and either place some veggies under the roast, or search for a round rack to fit the bottom. That's an awesome pan for just about anything from braising to sauteing, steaming, and baking. I was lucky enough to get one for $99.99 at WS on sale in stainless.

                I was also eying that French braiser, but don't need it with this pan and I also have the 6.75 qt. wide round from LC which is the same 12" round size also lucked out on at $99.99 at WS. I also have the petite roti I might sell as the braiser might fit the bill as I'm one person. I guess I still would need it for a leg of lamb, but have never made one...LOL!

                I also agree. Don't go nonstick!

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                1. re: blondelle


                  16 x 13 inches. $100 and you don't pay the premium for Williams-Sonoma shopping.

                2. Hello Jan,

                  I also recommend heavy-guage stainless steel. Another alternative which I also like is the Nesco counter-top roaster which allows your stove's oven to be used for other cooking needs when doing meals for large gatherings. I have two and sent my mother one for Christmas a few years back as I have ten brothers and sisters (many with families) and she does a lot of large meals throughout the year. She uses it a lot!