It’s that time of year – not only do frosty mornings and cold, dark evenings cause a mad craving for stodgy comfort foods but the imminent arrival of Christmas means roasts are well and truly on the menu in most British households. There’s no single special trick to making a delicious roast the way your mum or nan used to, the key is mostly in the preparation and timing, while good equipment always helps.
Roasting pans of meat
First of all, your roasting pans need to be big enough for air to circulate – not only around your meat but also for any vegetables or other items you want to cook with the meat. Too big, however, and your juices are likely to burn. Some roasting trays come with a rack to suspend the meat upon rather than letting it sit in its own juices but this is a matter of personal preference.
It’s worth going for a good cut of meat as you can never disguise poor quality raw material. More tender meats such as chicken and lean pork, beef and lamb respond better to roasting, whereas tougher meats need a bit of moisture while cooking to soften them up.
You then need to work on keeping the moisture in. You can lard up your meat or soak it in a bucket of brine but most people keep it simple by basting regularly.
There are guides available online for temperature and timing but you can use a meat thermometer if you’re not sure when your meat is done. For a really juicy finish, don’t serve your meat straight away but allow it to rest on a platter for about 15-30 minutes, under a sheet of foil to retain the heat.
Buying roasting pans
You may well remember speckled enamel roasting pans as an element of childhood nostalgia. Enamelled pans are a very versatile option – they’re durable, safe to use with metal utensils, suitable for any kind of hob except induction and are oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer safe. Wares of Knutsford has three high quality, heavy duty enamel pans that should last you a lifetime of roasting – they even come with a 25 year guarantee!
Alternatively, you can choose from three heavy duty stainless steel roasting trays, with fold down handles for easy lifting and high sides to safely contain braising juices. Softly rounded corners allow easy access with a spoon for stirring when making gravy and sauces. These are also oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer safe and carry a ten year guarantee.