One of my biggest kitchen pet peeves is draining pasta or potatoes and spilling it in the sink. Either the strainer moves, the lid slips or worst yet – wasn’t locked properly. Over the years I’ve had lids slip or noodles escape down the drain, and even once I ended up with a second degree burn. As much as I love to cook, I am not a fan of these issues in the kitchen and have always hoped for a pan that would make it easier (and wouldn’t mean more dishes to wash).
Enter the Circulon Momentum Casserole with Lock ‘n’ Strain Lid. It’s a 5.5 quart oven safe casserole pan (up to 400 degrees) that is big enough to braise a brisket in, is dishwasher safe and has a locking lid that actually locks securely to strain your pasta, potatoes or whatever is inside. Unlike several other pans I’ve had over the years with straining lids, it doesn’t just connect with little tabs, but instead has a pin locking lid that slides into place. You can actually turn the pan upside down without holding onto the lid to make strain without fear that the lid will fall off. Using the Lock ‘n’ Strain lid is as easy as putting the lid on the pan and following the directions that are marked on the top.
The Hard-Anodized coating is completely PFOA-free and has a metal utensil safe nonstick interior, the Circulon Momentum Casserole is up for any task and you can use virtually any tool you already have in the kitchen at it. With ample space, the Momentum Casserole is ready for soups, stews, long roasting, pasta and even potatoes. The locking mechanism is beyond what others are offering, and we haven’t had one spill since we started using the Momentum Casserole. I love the one pot aspect of the Momentum Casserole and versatility of the pan, and it has already replaced one of my regular pans in the kitchen.