“ Manufacturer: Tu / Type: Casserole dishes „
I'm always on the lookout for items that make my life easier but at a good price. Although I wouldn't describe myself as an amazing cook, I can cook decent meals for the family. I bought this particular item from Sainsburys around 18/24 months ago for just under £2.50.
Why did I buy this?
At the time of purchase, I saw this and different dishes from the same line, being on special offer. When I thought about what I had in my kitchen, I realised I didn't have any real casserole type dishes, and the majority of cookware were specifically designed for baking e.g muffin tray, cake tins etc. This I thought would be ideal to cook more savoury dishes.
How does it look?
It's an off white shade in colour and comes in two parts-dish and lid. Round in shape.
Both pieces made of ceramic so automatically have some weight to it. Smooth in look and touch in regards to texture.
The dish section itself is 4.5 inches in height and 10 inches in diameter. The top of this section comes out slightly, forming a rim and allowing the lid to be placed on top making it flush. On the bottom it states this product is ovenproof, microwaveable, freezer proof and dishwasher safe.
The lid has a small circular handle on the top of it so it can be picked up and placed down on the dish. Around the handle/knob, the lid dips slightly in shape, and then the edges of the lid are rounded off to provide a curved shape. Next to the handle is a small hole to allow air to escape safely.
What do I cook in this?
I'm not the most adventurous cook to be honest, especially where savoury dishes are concerned. But what I have cooked on numerous occasions is:
1. Sausages in onion gravy or cooked in tomato sauce.
2. Mince beef and onion pie.
3. Steak pie.
4. Beef and vegetable stew.
What could you cook in this?
Anything! Joints of meat ( obviously they would have to be of a certain size ) , casseroles, stews, pies. I would use this to bake cakes and puddings, but I would give this a generous amount of greasing to ensure nothing gets stuck on it.
This is one of those items that's ideal to cook a lot of food in, as the amount of food it can hold is quite impressive. Perfect for those with a family or quite afew mouths to feed in general. Or people who have just one or two people to cook for but want to batch cook and either leave the reminder meals in the fridge to eat within the next day or two, or freeze and eat at a later date.
Perfect for those one pot meals where you literally throw everything into it, leave it for afew hours, then return to the oven and its cooked.
How do I find this?
I really like this cookware. To be honest, it's been sat in one of the cupboards for over a year without being used, as I kept looking at it and thinking 'why use it when I have the slow cooker? '. Well- I'm glad I did get it out. There's no denying the fact that this is quite heavy, so I have to be very carefully putting it in and taking it out of the cupboard. If it's dropped on the floor it won't survive-neither would my floor!
The look of it is simply and minimalistic which I like, in regards to colour and style. It would fit in any kitchen without clashing with other items or kitchen décor.
The lid provides an extra element. A lot of food I may put in the oven I place tin foil over it to stop it from burning, but allowing it to brown at a slower rate, that's what the lid does. I've cooked food in this for 4-5 hours at a time. Around hour ¾, the lid gets taken off so the food can gain a little more natural colour. So food cooks really well in this, lid or no lid ( as you don't necessarily have to use the lid ).
The reason why I've fallen in love with my oven cooking my usual dishes rather than my slow cooker is the fact the colouring, intensity of flavour and the thickness of the gravies created are completely different, and for all of us probably more preferred than the slow cookers creations. Although I love my slow cooker and it uses less electricity than the oven, I can't help but love what cooking slowly roasted meats and slowly cooked stews turns out like.
You probably could take this straight to the table and serve from it, as long as it had sufficiently cooled and was placed on top of something heat resistant. I personally wouldn't, just because of the weight of it and the fact I have no table.
Despite being very light in colour, this has kept its colour very well, and is very easy to clean with washing up liquid, warm water and a sponge. I find that even with difficult cooked in stains, after afew minutes of soaking it will come straight off.
Would I buy this again?
Yes I would. It's a great, versatile addition to my kitchen. It can create a large volume of food or smaller. Easy to use and easy to care for and I felt I bought it at a bargain price!
Casseroles are an easy and inexpensive way to feed the family - and there are so many delicious options to try and enjoy. This perfect casserole dish is made from traditional stoneware and has a capacity of 2.5L - so it's ideal if you're cooking for more than one person. Dishwasher and microwave safe.