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Mar 10, 2011 08:48 PM

Alternatives to Pampered Chef's Deep Covered Baker??

Does anyone have a stoneware casserole dish that is similar to the Deep Covered Baker? It's a stoneware casserole dish (with lid) and is a great size for making roasts, etc, in the microwave.
I'm having a hard time finding one that is good for the microwave, fits in a standard microwave AND can fit a casserole to feed 4. The ones I've found are either too big or too small.
Oh, the reason I don't buy it from Pampered Chef is that it costs $85 plus shipping plus tax. We're talking $100 in the end!
I'd appreciate any suggestions!

Here are the details:

#1321 Deep Covered Baker — $85.00
Versatile! Bake a 5-lb. chicken or turkey breast, 4-lb. roast, casseroles and more! Unglazed on the inside for perfect baking, glazed on the outside for perfect presentation. Lid inverts into baker for space-saving storage. 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 5 1/2",
12 1/2 cups.

About Stoneware:
Evenly distributes heat and draws moisture away from
the surface
Retains heat, so your just-out-of-the-oven foods stay hot longer
No presoaking needed before use
Virtually nonporous, so it doesn't retain oils, odors or flavors
Microwave-, freezer-, and conventional and convection

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  1. Scrap,

    Hi again. I don't have a specific recommendation, but if you want something close to that Pampered Chef's baker, then I assume you want an earthware which is unglazed on the interior surface. Something to search for is the "clay baker". I have no experience with Romertopf, but it offers some larger ones, like these:

    1. Hi! I am new to the forum. I realize that this post has not been active for a while but I also have some questions relating to this topic. I absolutely love my deep covered baker. I use it mostly in the microwave and I use it every day. I only use it in the oven on weekends because of my crazy schedule. I am a construction worker and I use it like I would a crock-pot or stir-fry type meals. I would like to find something similar that I can put in the dishwasher. Price is not as big of a factor as convenience since I am gone from home 14 hours a day and dinner prep has to be quick. If the inside is glazed instead of unglazed like the deep covered baker how will that effect the end result? I have looked at Emile Henry's oval baker, Rachel Ray's casseroval but I still am not sure if there is anything that will give me the same results but with the convenience of being dishwasher safe.

      Thanks in advance!


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      1. re: jkc0416

        Hi, Judy:

        If you're gone so much, why not a crockpot? If your oven has a timer, one of these stoneware dishes is good, but why the MW?


        1. re: kaleokahu

          Although I do love the crockpot as well if I set it in the morning before I leave then the veggies get mushy being on for 14 hours. I have thought about a programmable one but I am afraid the meat will go bad sitting there for a while before it starts. I like the microwave because I can have everything done in about 30 minutes. Usually about 10-15 minutes prep and 15 minutes cook time. Thanks for responding.



      2. Pretty sure you can find nice Le Creuset stoneware bakers and casseroles at Home Goods/Marshall's/TJ Maxx. Cost Plus/World Market is also a good source for stoneware.

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        1. re: MikeB3542

          Can someone tell me if there would be a difference in the glazed vs. nonglazed in the way it cooks?


          1. re: jkc0416

            You should not wash these with soap as they are porous. So they should not be put in the dishwasher.


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