Viking Oval Roaster Review
We tested the Viking Oval Covered Roaster last month, with a turkey, a roast and a dish of mac ‘n cheese that would have fed 20 people. When we first opened the box, I didn’t think I would like the Viking Oval Roaster – the set is really heavy, and I’ve never had luck keeping stainless steel clean and shiny.
I was also concerned with the size, it’s much smaller than my normal rectangular roasting pan. But, after testing, here’s what I learned:
- The oval shape of the roasting pan actually works so much better than a large rectangular pan. The food that I roast (turkey, chicken, roasts) are oval in shape, so it fit the pan really well.
- A smaller pan for roasting provides more juices at the end to make gravy/au jus. Pans that are too big (like my rectangular pan), allows for too much evaporation of the drippings and juices.
- The lid doubles as another pan for making mac & cheese, potatoes au gratin, etc. It’s a pretty deep lid, I think you’ll find lots of uses for it.
- The stainless steel is non-reactive 18/8 surgical grade stainless steel – it’s heavy-duty and you can scrub away without scratching. Burnt bits came off easily, though the rack was a pain to clean (though any rack other than nonstick is a pain to clean).
- I like that the rack has handles designed to hang over the lip of the pan – so that you can take your food out easily, without burning your knuckles (or dropping the food, trying to balance those massive roasting lifting forks). I think this is my favorite feature of the Viking Oval Roaster.
- Use the roasting pan and lid for a dutch oven, bake no-knead bread, or make a big pot of stew.
As I’m writing this review up, there are a couple of things I didn’t even notice – the roasting pan has internal markings for measurements, in both quarts and liters. The pan is induction friendly, so if you have an induction stovetop, it’s perfect for you.
- If you’re roasting a big batch of vegetables to go along with your prime rib, or small turkey, you’re better off with a rectangular roasting pan – more space.
- Roasting 1 large hen works well, as will 2 smaller chickens, side by side.
- A fat Thanksgiving turkey might not fit well – I’m not sure of the recommended size for turkey – couldn’t find it online. The interior is 10″ wide x 14 3/4″ long.
- I wish Viking (and other manufacturers wouldn’t use bumpy rivets – all those nooks and crannies trap grease and are really difficult to clean. Even the Viking logo on the pan & lid are raised – just a pain to scrub and clean. I had use a scouring pad and toothbrush to clean that logo (grease and drippings got into those grooves).
Despite the above, I highly recommend the Viking Oval Roaster, it’s a smart design that allows for double-duty of the lid, and handcrafted in the USA. Amazon has it for $199.00. This product is so versatile, you’ll find many uses for it.
- Lid converts roaster into a 9 quart Dutch Oven. Lid is 4 quart.
- 3-Ply construction Perfect for all cooking methods, including induction
- Non-Reactive 18/8 surgical grade stainless steel interior makes cleaning easy
- Internal Volume markings in both US and Metric Measurements
- The dual-level elevated stainless steel wire rack prevents burning and can hang from the sides for easy draining
- Oven and dishwasher safe
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Viking Oval Roaster Giveaway
Viking provided a unit for an honest review and another for a giveaway.