Monday, November 12, 2012

5 Reasons to Buy a Roasting Pan

RSVP Hercules Roasting Pan Set
My grandmother used to cook our Thanksgiving turkey in a disposable tinfoil “pan” bought in a 5-pack for $2 at the local grocery store. The turkey cooked in this pan for 4 or more hours getting nice and dry while a grease and gristle pooled around it. The result was a bird with dry breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, and an backside soaked with grease and gristle. 

My family ate it and loved it, but it doesn’t have to be this way for everyone. 

Today’s roasting pans run the gamut from basic to fancy, but all generally do the same job: they cook turkey well. Here are 5 reasons you need to buy a turkey roasting pan now for this Thanksgiving:

  • Air circulation. This is the secret to any perfectly browned, perfectly cooked turkey. A roasting pan allows convection air to circulate in and around every nook and cranny of your turkey. It cooks quickly, evenly, and your bird gets a perfect all-over tan. 

  • Fat. Turkey is pretty lean. In fact, it’s one of the lowest fat (saturated and other) meats out there. But if your turkey is sitting in a pit of grease, you’ll be adding on unnecessary and unhealthy calories to your meal. With a roasting pan, the grease grips off and away from the turkey into the pan. Save those greasy calories for your famous turkey gravy. 

  • Basting. If you’re an anti-brine kind of person, you’ll probably be doing a lot of basting. And, just like reason No. 1, you may not want your turkey just sitting in your basting sauce. A roasting pan keeps your turkey up and away from that murky bath. 

  • Versatility. A roasting pan isn’t just for thanksgiving. It’s for, well, roasting. That could be lasagna, a rack of lamb, potatoes, pork ribs – anything. It’s the perfect vessel for even cooking any meal. Not only that, you can hop your roasting pan up on the range and use the drippings to make roux or gravy.

  • Easy clean up. When you’re done with that turkey or that slab of oven-baked macaroni and cheese, your roasting pan cleans up with the touch of a sponge. If not nonstick, most modern roasting pans are anodized, making them a breeze to clean up. No more roasted-on grease, cheese, or whatever. 

Ditch those disposable tinfoil pans and treat you and your family to a high quality roasting pan for Thanksgiving. We recommend the RSVP Hercules Roasting & Lasagna Pan (includes rack). Shop all our roasting pans and racks here:
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