Now that you're the proud owner of a blue carbon steel roasting pan, here are some care tips to make the most of your roast.
Do I need to season carbon steel?
Similar to cast iron, one of the many benefits of carbon steel is the seasoning that it will build up over time. However, carbon steel is much less porous than cast iron, so it will reach a seasoned state much quicker. This effort is a little less important with roasting pans than with frying pans, but we still recommend the oven method of seasoning your pan if you want an easy clean-up.
What is the benefit of carbon steel over other types of pans?
There are many benefits to carbon steel pans. Carbon steel is lighter than cast iron, it heats up and is much more responsive to heat changes than cast iron, but has seasoning and eventual non stick qualities that stainless steel doesn't. It's a great hybrid pan. It also retains heat very well, so you can get great chars on your roasts.
How do I care for carbon steel?
Similar to cast iron, you don't want to stick your carbon steel pan in the dishwasher or use soaps on it. This will strip away the seasoning you've worked to achieve! Clean your pan with a soap, water, and a sponge, and scrub off any debris. Once it's clean, dry thoroughly.
If you want to keep your roasting pan slick and well-seasoned, check out our carbon steel seasoning tips.
What Can I Make With This Roasting Pan?
Anything! This pan is great for:
- Holiday’s greatest hits
- Roasted meat, vegetables, or potatoes
- Baking dishes like casseroles, pot pies, lasagna, and potato gratin
- Braising short ribs
- Sweet treats like cinnamon rolls, cobblers, and brownies (and crispy brownie edges!)
We've gone in-depth on roasting pan background info before if you're looking to dive deeper into the pan itself.
How do I use this pan?
You can use it on the stovetop to sear or you can bake, roast, or braise in the oven — just make sure your carbon steel is seasoned first. If you need some inspiration, Tom Colicchio has some tips.More questions? Reach out to email@example.com or check out the help section on our website for more commonly asked questions.