This article is the first in a short, informational series about Pampered Chef Rockcroks. Be sure to also check out the other Rockcrok articles:
- How Do I Get Started Using My New Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- What do I need to know about cooking with my Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- What are some different uses for my Pampered Chef RockCroks?
- What Do I Need To Know About Storing Food In My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- How Do I Clean My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
Over the last few years, Pampered Chef Rockcroks have become a hugely popular kitchen staple, and for good reason. These versatile cooking vessels can be used in just about any cooking environment you can throw at them. They’re lightweight. They go right in the dishwasher for cleanup. What could be better?
Most people hear all this during a Pampered Chef party, but what they don’t hear are all the nitty-gritty basics of what makes a Rockcrok, well, a Rockcrok. These pans can be a life-changing part of your kitchen, but there is a little learning curve to using them most effectively. This short series of Rockcrok posts will be very helpful, but let’s take a look at the basics first, shall we?
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What is a Rockcrok made of?
First and foremost, Rockcroks are constructed of an exclusive high-heat resistant clay that can withstand temperatures of up to 752F. The clay is then glazed on both the interior and exterior with a zero-crack glaze that eliminates the need to preseason the pan before the first use.
This makes Rockcrok as easy to work with as your favorite, well-seasoned cast iron pan; however, because it’s made of clay it is much less cumbersome than cast iron.
Do I need to worry about lead or cadmium in my Rockcrok?
Lead is absolutely not used to make Rockcroks. That said, because the Rockcrok is made from natural clay, it may contain trace amounts of lead. The most important thing to know about this, though, is that each Rockcrok has been extensively tested and meets or exceeds all regulations and is food-contact safe.
Does the Rockcrok compare to anything else on the market?
Many people like to compare the Rockcrok to cast iron. The biggest distinctions are the glaze and no preseasoning prior to first use. Rockcrok features a zero-crack glaze, though, instead of having to build up a thick seasoning. There are also other clay-based pots on the market that use a micro-crack glaze instead of Pampered Chef’s zero-crack glaze. With those pots, the micro-cracks become most noticeable once the pan is heated. There is potential for liquids and oils to seep through those micro-cracks (most noted in storage). To prevent seepage in those competitive products, seasoning before first use is needed (either by boiling milk or preparing rice).
The Pampered Chef’s Rockcrok does not require any preseasoning and is ready to go right out of the box! Over time, cleaning pans that have micro-cracks in the glaze make it difficult to keep the product clean. Even with deep cleaning, competitive products will not come out as clean as Rockcrok. Plus, the glass lid on the Rockcrok allows you to cook and look; no other competitive products have this feature.
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