I have been reading these boards for a while but just signed up to post as well. Everyone here has such wonderful and detailed advice and experience! I am trying to decide which pan to purchase for an all purpose large size roaster. I have come across different advice--some swear by their AC roasters while others say that the less costly Calphalon triply roaster does the job, while others prefer their LCs other dutch oven.
While I don't want to waste money, I will spend more if needed to get the right item. I am looking for a 12x15 ish size which I can use for roasting, baking a large batch of lasagna, and anything else I may need to put in a larger pan. Currently I have 9x9 and 9x12 LC ceramic bakers (that I totally LOVE) and various cheapie baking sheets plus a NS cheapie roaster that I don't like. For Thanksgiving I usually use a grocery store aluminum disposable tray.
I don't roast a lot right now (living in TX -- it's just too hot) but once we get back home to Boston I am sure I will be doing more roasting. Also, with four kids (two are growing boys) I need to start making larger quantities!
So far I have looked at:
AC stainless roaster
Calphalon triply roaster
Cuisinart Chef's Classic roaster
Sur La Table Triply stainless roaster
Emile Henry 5.4 ceramic baker
Chefs Essentials deep lasagna pan (http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/9...)
and this interesting option on Amazon: Camerons Products Stainless Steel Multi Pan http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...
Okay, so here are my questions:
1. Do I want ceramic or stainless (I am not sure I can handle the weight of an LC because of early arthritis in my hands and wrists)
2. Will ceramic crack over time if used for roasting?
3. Does it matter if it's all stainless or should it be a triply? I probably won't be doing a lot of stovetop usage, just oven.
4. Any particular brands (of the list above or something you own and love) that I should check out?
5. And the enduring question -- Is AC really worth the money?
Finally, I could be convinced to get an LC if everyone *really* thinks it's the way to go.
Thanks for suffering through my long post!