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Bacterium 10-14-2007 06:29 AM

Using Stainless steel cookware???
So far I've use a couple cast iron pans for cooking things like roast meat and vegetables in my brick oven. However I am currently on the lookout for something larger that will allow me to fit the roast meat and vegetables into the one thing. So my question is can you use stainless steel stuff to cook in, in a brick oven? For example a rectangular roasting dish (stainless steel)

....or would it be to thin a material (compared to cast iron) and the food would burn to easily (on the bottom)????

.....reason I ask is I saw a good price on a stainless steel roasting dish in the department store catalogue. Rather than risk my life by experimenting with my wifes teracotta cookware I'm looking at other - lets say - more safer options :cool:

DrakeRemoray 10-14-2007 09:18 AM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
I have been using a stainless pan coated with teflon, but only for lower temp (less than 550F) cooking...

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Archena 10-14-2007 03:18 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
Buy a ceramic tile or two and stick under it just before putting the pan in (don't heat them when heating the oven, obviously). That will get it off the direct heat and effectively give you back the mass. Buy cheap and make a few mosaics if they can't take the change in temp - it shouldn't matter to your cooking if they crack.

Bacterium 10-14-2007 03:56 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
Drake - thanks, I can get something similar sized, like that but in stainless for AUS$20.

Archena.....whats happens if you cook directly on the oven floor with it too hot or does it warp the pan?

Archena 10-14-2007 04:24 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
With the caveat that I'm speaking from general, not specific, experience, it would most likely sear the bottom - I'd think straight on the floor would be great for braising or searing but not roasting or any other long term cooking.

Stainless can take the heat but I'm not sure what it tops out at since I've only rarely used it and never outside commercial kitchens. At the really high temps of an oven I definitely would use something under it. The commercial grade stuff will handle the heat fine and the home stuff can likely take some serious abuse, too, but the bottom of whatever you're cooking will probably sear like crazy without some 'insulation'.

Bacterium 10-14-2007 08:26 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
OK.........makes sense.

The roasting dish does have a metal rack inside which holds the meat off the bottom. However I suppose whatever drips down into the bottom of the dish may burn and that taste/smell goes up into the food.

Hendo 10-14-2007 09:30 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
What about a flat rack under the pan to lift it off the floor a bit? P.

Bacterium 10-15-2007 03:04 AM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
perfect Hendo - I think I'll try that for usual I'm doing things on a budget. The tile thing is probably where I am headed long term

Thanks for all the responses

Archena 10-15-2007 04:12 AM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
No problem. :smile:

Inishta 11-16-2007 09:57 PM

Re: Using Stainless steel cookware???
Hi Bacterium. Stainless commercial grade steel will stand roasting temps and long cooking times in your oven. Don't use the wifes favourite roasting pan though as some discolouration and distortion of the base is normal. Buy something dedicated to your WFO.


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