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Old 11-01-2009, 08:17 AM   #11
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Semantics mean a lot in a semi-literate society. So, I just went through two dozen roasting various meats and vegetable recipes at random, on-line and from cookbooks, and 22 out of 24 called for covering with either a lid (roasting pan, dutch oven or crockpot) or aluminum foil. So, you buy your roasting pans without lids, and I'll buy mine with lids.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:31 AM   #12
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I bake a cake and roast a whole chicken. I do both in open containers. I also roast turkey, beef, pork and lamb in uncovered containers.

Both baking and roasting are dry heat cooking methods. Making a pot roast, on the other hand is a wet cooking method because you do the cooking in a covered container. Pot roast is a misnomer by the way. It's not roasting, it's braising.

The baking/roasting terminology can be confusing. Some recipes use one word and some use the other.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:38 AM   #13
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So, you buy your roasting pans without lids, and I'll buy mine with lids.
That is fine Selkie. I am not arguing that some roasting pans may come with lids or that some of the recipes for roasting call for covering the dish. What I was taking exception to was this (bolding added by me for emphasis)...

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roasting pans always come with lids.
This is just simply not true as my link shows and to the OP's question is no indication of baking vs roasting.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:46 AM   #14
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Not that Webster is the answer to culinary terms definitions, but I found this interesting. These are the definitions from Websters on both roasting and baking.

Roast: To cook by exposing to dry heat (as in an oven or before a fire)

Bake: To cook (as food) by dry heat especially in an oven.

They are essentially the same definition.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:53 AM   #15
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Interestingly, Epicurious defines roasting as
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To oven-cook food in an uncovered pan, a method that usually produces a well-browned exterior and ideally a moist interior.
(bolding added by me for emphasis). Not that Epicurious is the be all end all of culinary terms either.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:44 AM   #16
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Roasting is done uncovered. One can cook cuts of meat called roasts by covering them. But, the definition of roasting (and I'm not going to bother to pull out my edition of Gisslen) is to cook by dry heat, not covered. Bake is virtually the same, just generally used in the US to refer to breads, cakes, fish, etc...
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