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Roasting Pans

A quality roasting pan should be used more than once a year. It's time to show yours some love.
roasting pans

1) Whatever is at the supermarket
(Disposable aluminum foil)
UPSIDE Super cheap. Easy cleanup: Just chuck it in the trash.
DOWNSIDE Thin and flimsy. Can't make gravy directly in the pan.

2) Oneida Large Roast Pan
$50, target.com
UPSIDE Affordable, lightweight, versatile.
DOWNSIDE High heat can warp lightweight pans.

3) All-Clad Large Stainless Roasting Pan
(Cladded Steel (layered aluminum and stainless steel))
$200, all-clad.com
UPSIDE Heavy-duty construction makes searing and gravymaking a snap.
DOWNSIDE Heavy when loaded with food. Expensive.



1. While dinner?s being served, add soapy water to the roaster and stick it in a 250 oven. By the time the guests have gone, the soak will make scrubbing a cinch.
2. Add water and soap, bring the pan to a simmer for 5 minutes on the stovetop and give it a few scrubs with a scratchless, heavyduty sponge.
3. Soak overnight in baking soda and vinegar. By morning, it?ll just be a matter of rinsing, drying and stowing away.
4. Let the roasting pan sit overnight in your refrigerator. The cool, moist climate of the fridge will soften the baked-on bits, so in the morning, you can scrape them away with a rubber spatula. No scouring required.
OR: Use an inexpensive, disposable roasting pan next time! No muss, no fuss.
-- Melissa Clark

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in November 2005.