Nonstick coated steel
Channels in rack hold food in place while baking
Roasting pan can be use separately
Use for other foods to keep from rolling around pan
The Meatball Baker from Chicago Metallic features a roasting pan with a special 3-channel deep well rack to hold meatballs in place while baking - no messy frying. All t4he fats drain into the Baker so meatballs are delicious and healthier. Both roasting pan and rack are nonstick coated for easy clean-up. Use for other foods and recipes, like shish-kabob or appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms. The Roaster can be used without rack for other roasting needs.
- Type: Meatball baker; Roasting pan
- Color: Dark gray
- Weight: 2 lb 5 oz
- Made In: China
- Warranty: 10-year
- Composition: Steel; nonstick coating
- Manufacturer: Chicago Metallic Bakeware (Focus Housewares LLC)
|Apparent goal:||kids||gift/registry||home kitchens||restaurants||everywhere|
|Intended audience:||novice||advanced beginner||good home cook||gourmet||professional|
|Diet/nutrition:||does not apply||scary||empty promises||helpful||essential|
|Green?:||not especially||neutral||mixed blessing||earth friendly||green!|
|Innovative:||step back||standing still||progress||trendy||genius|
|Problem solving:||no better||baby steps||solid steps||giant steps||a revelation|
|Competition:||outclassed||follower||in the pack||strong challenger||likely champ|
|Ease of use:||impossible||frustrating||OK||simple||child's play|
|Quality:||cheesy||questionable||good||years of service||impressive|
|Parts to lose:||inevitable||some||one-piece||self-storing||not a problem|
|Clean-up:||nightmare||wipe clean||soap & water||scouring pad||dishwasher|
|Does it work?:||not at all||adequately||well||very well||perfectly|
|Availability:||airfare required||online||kitchen store||department store||supermarket|
|Easy to open?:||impossible||maddening||tolerable||good||opens itself|
|Green?:||fills a landfill||huge waste||passable||minimal waste||impressive|
|Time saving:||time wasting||not really||modest||substantial||huge|
|Labor saving:||less efficient||marginal||a bit||noticeable||remarkable|
|Money saving:||money wasted||none||$||$$||$$$|
|Beats the old way:||worse||no change||better||definitely||entirely new|
|Where will it live?:||garage/attic||drawer||cabinet||countertop||elsewhere|
|Fulfills ambitions:||falls short||almost there||satisfies||exceeds||home run|
|How often used:||once/twice||≥daily||≥weekly||≥monthly||≥yearly/holidays|
|Worth the space?:||no||does not apply||w/unlimited space||w/limited space||absolutely|
|Need it?:||a luxury||discretionary||basic equipment||for serious cooks||get it|
|Value:||ouch!||a little pricey||worth splurging||on the money||a deal|
|Overall rating:||skip it||fair||good||very good||excellent|
Comments: How often do you make meatballs? Put it another way, can you justify purchasing a special pan just to make meatballs?
We think you can, and here's why:
The Meatball Baker from Chicago Metallic features a roasting pan with a 3-channel rack to hold meatballs in place while baking. Perhaps it is the depth of the roasting pan or simply magic, but there was no spattering of fat in the oven, and most of the fat from the meatballs drained into the bottom of the pan.
Depending on the size of your meatballs, you can fit six or seven per row – so 18 to 21 meatballs per batch. The size will also determine how long they need to cook, which may involve a little guesswork. We stuck the needle of OXO's Digital Leave-In Meat Thermometer in the center of the largest meatball, and let it tell us when the meatballs were done – and all were done to perfection. It took a little over 15 minutes for the meatballs to cook through, but it was 15 minutes without the relatively frequent turning and babysitting required of meatballs in the frying pan.
After years of frying meatballs, we were prepared for less flavor and less browning, but were delighted on both counts. They were delicious, as beautiful as it is possible for meatballs to be, and were not overdone (as can so easily happen in the frying pan.) The roasting pan and meatball rack are both nonstick, for easy clean-up. Both can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and neither wants to be touched with a metal utensil.
Of course, you can also use the set for shish-kebabs or appetizers, such as stuffed mushrooms. And you can use the good-sized roasting pan without the rack for other roasting needs – so it needn't be just for meatballs.