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looking for a stove top safe roasting pan

mark111757 Nov 14, 2011 03:05 PM

hello and greets to the group...am looking for and not having much luck in finding, a roasting pan that is alwaso safe/okay to use on the stove top....i have seem quite a few tv cooks/chefs use them including Gordon Ramsay, Jamie oliver and Delia smith so roasting pans of this type cant be all that hard to find...right??

i am looking for a moderate priced one (if that exists).....

if someone can point me in the right direction, that would be very helpful

thanks fo all in advance!!!!!

  1. Becca Porter Nov 14, 2011 03:09 PM

    This is not super cheap but it is well worth the moderate price! CI rated it #1:


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      Chemicalkinetics Nov 15, 2011 01:58 PM


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      escondido123 Nov 14, 2011 03:13 PM

      I'm a little confused by the question since all the roasting pans I've ever had were stove top safe...why wouldn't they be?

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        Becca Porter Nov 14, 2011 03:20 PM

        Not the cheap ones... Like the $10 I just saw at Walmart.

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          escondido123 Nov 14, 2011 03:26 PM

          And why wouldn't it be stove top safe?

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            Becca Porter Nov 14, 2011 04:45 PM

            Most baking pans are not heavy enough for stove top use. Cheap roasting pans just are not made for that. Even if they didn't warp or something they would burn the heck out of aromatics to make gravy or what have you.

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              escondido123 Nov 14, 2011 04:56 PM

              Thanks for the explanation. I would think if you used a flamer tamer or low enough heat it would still work, no? Have to admit all my roasting pans are fairly heavy duty though I remember my parents having an awful one that seemed to buckle if you looked at it sideways.

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            mark111757 Nov 15, 2011 03:50 PM

            or the $9.00 i saw at aldi's...looked great but on the back of the box in big bold letters it clearly states not for use on the stove top :-(

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          Breezychow Nov 14, 2011 03:25 PM

          I've used both my cheapie roasting pans on the stove top. One is a real oldie that I inherited from my grandmother made from some mystery metal. Since I only use it once a year to make Julia Child's "Steam Roasted Goose with Port Wine Gravy", I don't think I'm going to die from anything it might be giving off. And granny used it weekly, yet lived to the ripe old age of 93, so again - I ain't worrying.

          My other one is an inexpensive enamel-covered metal one which, again, I rarely have to use on the burner so - again - I'm not worried.

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            will47 Nov 14, 2011 05:01 PM

            See also http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817365

            I think most straight gauge stainless or solid aluminum pans will go on the stovetop, however, they may warp when used on the stovetop, depending on how heavy duty they are. A tri-ply (stainless with aluminum core) roasting pan will probably be your best bet, especially if you want to deglaze in the pan, however, it will tend to cost more than other roasting pans on the market, and finding larger sizes can be hard. A very heavy duty plain stainless pan would probably also work.

            Depending on the type of stove you have, you may or may not need a very flat bottom - see the other thread I linked for more on that.

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              escondido123 Nov 14, 2011 05:25 PM

              If you don't mind second hand, thrift stores can be a great place to get all sorts of pans and you can certainly see how they've stood up to use--heavier is better in this case. And you usually can't beat the prices.

              1. pinehurst Nov 14, 2011 05:56 PM

                Ah, you want a dutch oven. I'd do what escondido said and search in Salvation Army stores, Good Wills, etc, for one that is used. Target has some that aren't super expensive if you want to pay retail.

                1. dcole Nov 15, 2011 06:00 AM

                  If you go on amazon and search roasting pan, you will find plenty. cuisinart has 2 - one that is clad and one that is not, both are safe for stovetop. If you are looking to sear on the stovetop, I would reccoment a clad one...but that is just being fussy.

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                    mark111757 Nov 15, 2011 03:52 PM

                    thank you for the heads up.....i did look at amazon and there was a mind blowing number of choices....it would be nice if they would make a note somewhere that it is "stove top safe".....thanks again!!!

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                    wyogal Nov 15, 2011 06:15 AM

                    I have a cheaper one, have used it carefully on the stovetop, but would really prefer a heavier stainless one. But, that said, I do have several large cast iron pans. I have a large frying pan that I use for "roundish" roasts (uncovered), like hams, pork butts, 3 or 4 rib roasts. I use a large one, like a two burner griddle with sides, for larger, more elongated pieces of meat, or a large serving of roasted potatoes or other vegetables. I use the lighter weight stainless one with a rack for brisket (covered) and for turkeys. When it comes to the gravy, I have made it in the pan, but really have to watch the heat. I usually transfer all the drippings to another pan. I can skim the fat off, make the roux from that, then add more of the drippings and stock.
                    There are lots of pans out there, especially this time of year, on sale. Find a heavy one. My lightweight stainless was a give, bless his heart.

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