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Cookware

Exactly What is a Roasting Pan For (or at least what do you use yours for beside your annual feast)?

jljohn | Sep 27, 201211:30 AM     54

There has been a lot of Roasting Pan talk here the last few days, and it all happens to coincide with me returning my warped All-Clad Roaster to the retailer. I do have various glass, ceramic, and stoneware dishes that I can roast in, several jelly roll pans, and an assortment of skillets and frying pans. However, my impulse is to replace my roasting pan with another, but why? Nostalgia? Presentation as the annual big bird comes out of the oven? Just because I couldn't possibly care about cooking and not own a proper roasting pan? I rather wonder if a single large (or an assortment) of oval au gratins might make more sense. Help me out here. Why do you have and use a roasting pan instead of using other pans in your arsenal, and what do you use it for other than the occasional large bird? I hope this doesn't sound inane, but I am questioning the necessity of a traditional roaster altogether, so I'd like to know.

Thanks,

Jeremy

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