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The next time Thanksgiving rolls around, you may want to think about investing in a roaster. Unlike conventional roasting pans, it provides roomy, upright handles that are securely riveted to the sides of the pan. This is an invaluable feature when lifting a heavy turkey or any other roasted meat like beef tenderloin, chicken or ham.
If you're unsure of which size roaster to choose, keep this in mind: There should be about two inches of space between what you're roasting and the sides of the pan, and an extra two inches between the pan's sides and oven walls. So be sure to measure the inside of your oven before purchasing. And if you're planning to create a sauce from the drippings, plan accordingly since the drippings from a small roast in a large pan are likely to burn.