The Rachael Ray Cucina Casserole is a good choice if you're looking for a lightweight dish, that you can handle safely. It has large, comfortable stainless steel handles on the sides. The dish has a durable non-stick coating and is suitable for stovetop to oven use at a maximum temperature of 500 °F.
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Pro Light and easy to handle
The Rachael Ray Cucina Casserole is made from cast aluminum and weighs only 3.9 lbs - very light for a pot holding 4.5 quarts. It has two large stainless steel handles on the sides, which provide comfortable grip even when wearing thick oven mitts. This makes the pot easily maneuverable even for people with weaker wrists. It also reduces the chances of getting burned or the dish slipping from the hands of the cook.
Pro Excellent for one-pot stovetop to oven recipes
This casserole dish (unlike stoneware/porcelain dishes) is safe to use on any kind of stovetop as well as in the oven. Both the pot and the glass lid can handle temperatures of up to 500 °F, but it is not advisable to expose them to this kind of heat frequently, because the coating may lose its non-stick properties.
Pro Non-toxic coating on the cooking surface
This casserole dish is coated with a hard PFOA and PFOS-free non-stick material. However, only wooden, plastic, or silicone utensils should be used on the cooking surface. The underside of the lid is also coated in the same non-stick material.
Con Not suitable for microwave, broiler, or grill
Due to the non-stick coating, this casserole dish is not intended for heat sources other than the stovetop and the oven. It is also not microwave-compatible because of the aluminum body of the dish.
Con Handles get very hot
Stainless steel handles get very hot when cooking, especially in the oven. Using oven mitts or a dish towel is necessary.
Con Flimsy lid
Some users dislike the lid, which is thinner than the pot itself and seems a bit flimsy.