For holiday meals and hearty winter meals, the roasting pan is a vessel that is coveted in many professional and home kitchens around the world. Choosing such an important pan isn’t difficult, but it will take some consideration to find the right one for your kitchen.
Width. For perfectly roasted poultry, meat, potatoes, vegetables or deep dish recipes, the first step is to consider the size of your oven. Know your oven’s interior measurements and be sure to note the following:
- Maximum space between shelves
- Maximum width that allows you to fit an oven mitt covered hand between the side of the oven and the pan
Selections of roasting pans range from 12″ to 26″ wide, but this does not always account for handles. Many roasting pans have folding handles, while others have fixed handles that stick out on the side.
If you purchase a pan that has fixed handles, take this extra width into consideration. The measurement for these handles does not always appear in the product specifications, so be sure to take three extra inches into account if the width of the pan just fits the width of your oven.
Weight. Consider the overall heft of the pan. For the most durable investment, select a heavy roasting pan. Thick metal construction is less likely to warp or dent. Dented or warped roasting pans have uneven heat distribution, which will affect the outcome of your recipe. However, very heavy roasting pans can be hard to handle when they are used to cook heavy ingredients. If you are planning on placing a 25 pound turkey in the pan, an already heavy pan may be hard to maneuver.To strike a balance between the two, look for a roasting pan with chrome plated steel straps. These straps add an extra layer of protection without making the pan too heavy to work with.
The Vollrath20″x16″ Aluminum Strapped Roast Pan. This roast pan is the perfect companion for high-volume kitchens as it is durable and can fit a large amount of food for large yield recipes.
Height. Think about the braising, basting or drippings that are part of your roast recipes. These juices need to safely simmer without splashing over the sides when the roasting pan is handled. On the other hand, if the sides are too high, than they can disrupt the flow of hot air from moving to the bottom of the pan. If your recipes vary, consider purchasing a three to four inch roasting pan. This is a universal depth for many roast recipes and will keep hot liquids in without sacrificing heat distribution.
The Browne-Halco 20″x14″ Aluminum Roast Pan. Thick aluminum makes this pan durable and an excellent conductor of heat. The depth of this pan can hold large items such as whole turkeys and roasts or large batches of vegetables or potatoes.
When you are looking to invest in a new roasting pan, keep these characteristics in mind. A good pan will last for many years, even after daily use. And if you need the pan in a hurry, be sure to look for the FSW Direct symbol for the fastest delivery time available.