Top 10 Rated Casserole Containers 2024
Nothing says comfort food like a rich, hot casserole. We looked at a number of casserole containers, both glass and stoneware, and found 10 that we believe do a superior job of baking casseroles, lasagna, bread, and other meals. We looked for the following qualities:
1. Safe to go in the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher
2. Easy-grip handles
3. A secure fitting lid to seal in heat and moisture
4. Durable surface that doesn’t stain, chip, or crack
5. Nonporous material that doesn’t absorb odors or flavors
8. Even heat distribution
3 quart capacity
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for a college student or a young couple, then consider the Granite Ware 0613-4, a miniature version of the traditional…
2 quart capacity
An all-purpose casserole container with a convenient glass lid, the Pyrex 1085801 is a handsome, affordable option. With a two-quart capacity, it can handle delicious meat…
You’ll be amazed at how well this Lodge Double Dutch oven and casserole cooks and heats food. The 1.5-inch-deep lid doubles as a skillet…
With the lid sealing tight over this cast-iron casserole, the heat is effectively trapped within, warming everything inside. That’s one of the benefits…
This rectangular stoneware bake pan from Rachael Ray features a fun, contemporary style: curved sides and wide handles that extend from the ends…
2 ½ quart capacity
Functional and attractive, the CorningWare 1092037 is a welcome addition to any kitchen and a thoughtful housewarming gift. With a fresh green color, rounded…
2 ¾-quart capacity
Rachael Ray’s line of stoneware features whimsical, modern designs and funky colors. This 2 ¾-quart covered casserole stoneware is deep blue…
3 quart capacity
With a unique wavy design, the BIA Cordon Bleu 400585+727 will add some flair and vibrancy to your kitchen table. It’s attractive enough to go from the oven to the kitchen…
Pyrex has long been a trusted name when it comes to bakeware, and this 2-quart casserole with a lid is a durable, all-purpose dish…
Cast iron construction with porcelain exterior
If you’re looking for a durable, heavy-duty casserole dish that’s sure to last for years, then consider the Cuisinart CI1136-24CR, a fourteen-inch casserole…
Stoneware Buying Guide
The Benefits of Cooking with Stoneware
Stoneware dishes made of fire clay harken back to the (very) old days before people started using metal pans for baking foods. Today, stoneware is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, due in part to its durability and effectiveness at heating food.
With proper care, stoneware dishes last for years and can be passed down to your children. Today’s pieces especially are built to last, with tough enamel finishes that don’t chip, crack, or break easily. Stoneware can put up with a light amount of abuse. They’re generally safe to go in the oven, microwave, freezer, and refrigerator. You can even wash them in the dishwasher.
Tough and nonporous…
Unlike earthenware, stoneware is clay fired at extremely high temperatures, about 2,185 degrees F, making them incredibly strong. Stoneware dishes also feature nonporous surfaces, which is good because they don’t stain or absorb odors and flavors. Also, unlike earthenware, stoneware is essentially waterproof. It can stand up to regular, day-to-day use.
A seasoned, non-stick surface…
Some stoneware dishes come pre-seasoned with oil, but even if they don’t you can season them yourself periodically. Over time and multiple uses, the stoneware interior will turn a rich brown and the surface will absorb the oils and fats found in food and cooking spray. Your stoneware will naturally develop a non-stick surface, so you don’t have to worry about stuck-on foods.
If you choose to clean by hand…
If a stoneware dish isn’t specified as dishwasher friendly, you can easily clean it by hand with a nylon scraper. Some people don’t recommend soaking them in water or using soap for fear of the detergent being absorbed into the surface. A scraper can work off baked-on food before you clean it with running water and thoroughly dry it with a towel.
While most stoneware dishes sold these days are dishwasher safe, some people are set in their ways and prefer to clean them by hand. There is something to say for preserving the enamel finish.
The aesthetic appeal…
Let’s not forget that stoneware is essentially pottery. You can find pieces in decorative shapes and colors, some with painted patterns that add charm and beauty to your kitchen. Because they’re so attractive, you can take stoneware dishes right out of the oven and place them right on the dinner table.
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