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Pork Roast - cook it in a Pampered Chef Covered Baker - in love with cooking it!
PAMPERED CHEF COVERED BAKER
My favorite baking pan
One of my favorite meals of all time is a good pork roast. With the right cooking and baking pans you can make any meal/recipe even more awesome. As you can see by the picture on the right, one of my favorite is the Pampered Chef Covered Baker. It is very much like a Tuscan Oven. I had one once and loved it but one of my children dropped it and it broke. This type of baking pan can handle a 5lb chicken or 4lb roast. This one is expensive by my standards ($85.00 retail), but is replaceable and covered by Pampered Chef. I have used it for four years now and it is awesome.
I generally use it two to three times a week so have definitely gotten my moneys worth out of it and if you are one of those people who do home parties occasionally you will know that I did not pay full price. I just hoodwinked a few friends into coming to my home for free food and some in home party time to get it as a hostess gift. A good way to go if you need something nice and have a few friends willing to help you out.
Incidentally, the first time I saw one of these was at a party. (They tend to go in cycles) My friend had it right after work and told us to not eat just come for dinner. The Consultant cooked us a pork roast in the microwave in about ½ hour I think. I am old school and love to cook in my oven so I have never replicated that method, but I am sure you could get it from a consultant.
Making an excellent roast
Roasts are actually one of the easiest things to cook. I am not lying!
I am also very fond of pork roast because it is flavorful and right now about the same price as hamburger when purchased in approximately 4lbs. sizes. I usually shop for meat in either Kroger's, Wally's or Aldi's. Surprisingly I usually find the best price and quality at Kroger's.
The roasts have been in the price range of $2.19 to $2.49 per pound. You have less shrinkage and can use the leftovers for another meal or lunches.
My favorite method
- First I preheat the oven to 350°.
- I use Spice Club steak seasoning (Aldi's about $1.00 per container), sprinkle liberally on bottom of the baking pan.
- Next I take the roast out of its wrapping and rinse in cold water.
- Place the roast in the baking pan (still slightly damp)
- Liberally season roast on top with the steak seasoning mix and then sprinkle one packet of pork gravy dry mix on top of and around both sides of the roast.(if you do not have pork gravy packet you can substitute chicken or turkey, believe me no one will know the difference.)
- Place lid on baker and put in oven for 1½ hours.
- Spoon some of the juice over the roast and place back in oven uncovered for ½ hour.
- Take out and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- If you want baked potatoes put them in after the first hour of baking. Make sure they get a full hour of baking themselves.
- When you move the roast to your platter, pour the juices into a saucepan (straining if you wish) put a tablespoon of corn starch into a small container and add two tablespoons of water. Stir till it is a paste then stir the paste into the juices in your sauce pan and whisk while bringing to a boil. Will render an excellent pan gravy.