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Cook's Companion® Cast Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick 9 qt Proaster w/ Grill Pan Cover

It's a pressure pan, it's a roaster - it's both! Large enough to cook and hold family sized meals, roasts and stews, yet small enough (the grill pan side) to grill a few fish fillets, make sandwiches and / or grill vegetables. In one great buy you just got rid of various other pots and pans in your kitchen! How cool is that? Plus, the pressure roasting is perfect for your busy lifestyle.

The Proaster retains heat and steam, which in turn can speed up your cooking time by pressure roasting. Cooking times vary by the temperature you are cooking at and the amount of liquid or moisture in what you are cooking. To formulate a cooking time, estimate approximately 20%-50% faster than traditional cooking time. When cooking with added liquid the cooking time will be faster than when cooking without.

The Proaster is safe for the stovetop or oven and each will provide different results. Here's how:

Stove Top: Place the Proaster on the stovetop with the vent hole facing away from you. Bring the Proaster to pressure over medium high heat until you see the steam coming out the back. Then lower the temperature to medium. If cooking with added liquid, check the amount of liquid in the pan half way through cooking, making sure there is enough liquid based on what food is being cooked.

Oven: Place the Proaster in the oven with the vent hole facing away from you or toward the rear of the oven. Remove the Grill Lid approximately 10 minutes before the item is done to its desired temperature to increase browning. One of the best parts of Proaster cooking is you can add ingredients at any time or open it easily to check the contents, unlike traditional pressure cooking where you would have to wait until all the pressure is released.

  • One 9 qt Proaster Oval Dutch Oven Base Pan
  • One Proaster Oval Grill Pan Cover
  • Two Removable Silicone Locks
  • Replacement Gasket
  • Instructions and Recipes Manual

  • Copper - Penny copper exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base
  • Blue Steel - Indigo blue exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base
  • Red - Brick red exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base
  • Black - Jet black exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base
  • Blush - Pastel pale purple exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base
  • Yellow - Bright yellow exterior, beige interior with silver-tone induction base

  • Compatible on induction, gas, electric and ceramic glass stovetops
  • Silicone locks help seal the cover/lid and base together for pressure
  • Silicone gasket reduces heat loss
  • Grill pan capacity is 3.5 qt and Dutch oven base pan capacity is 9 qt
  • Exterior finish is heat-resistant coating
  • Interior fusion ceramic coating is PFOA and PTFE free and is nonstick; easy to clean
  • Dishwasher safe, hand wash to prolong beauty
  • Beautiful colors to match any kitchen decor
  • Oven safe up to 450° F with and without grill pan cover
  • Grill pan design creates beautiful grill marks on meat and sandwiches while the larger pot is perfect for roasts and stews
  • Unique ivory interior is beautiful and functional

Check out the Instructions & Recipes for more information and ideas.

Additional Information:
  • Dimensions:
    9 qt Proaster Base Pan: 17-3/4"L x 11-1/2"W x 5"H (with handles); 14"L x 10-3/4"W x 4-3/4"H (without handles) - 3.24 lbs
    Grill Pan Cover: 17-3/4"L x 11-1/2"W x 2-3/4"H (with handles); 13-1/2"L x 10-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H (without handles) - 2.75 lbs
  • Materials: Aluminum exterior; fusion ceramic nonstick interior; silicone locks
  • Care Instructions: Dishwasher safe. Hand wash recommended
  • Warranty: Limited one year vendor warranty provided by Course Housewares, LLC. Please call 1-866-325-1659.
  • Country of Origin: China

Please Note: Position the vent hole toward the backside of the stove or oven. Please follow the steps on how to lock the silicone locks, explained in the instruction manual.


How much cookware you need depends largely upon how often you cook, how many people you cook for and how elaborate your meals tend to be. It's very frustrating when you find yourself in the middle of preparing a big dinner and in need of one more saucepan, but you just don't have it. On the other hand, it can be very easy to accumulate far more cookware than you actually need.

The Basics
Most people will who do even a small amount of cooking will find a lot of uses for a couple of different size saucepans and a couple of different size skillets. Tight-fitting lids for the saucepans are also important when preparing dishes such as rice.

Beyond the Basics
You can prepare a lot of wonderful meals with just a few pans, but chances are you're going to need some other pieces at some point. Many cookware sets will include at least some of these items:

  • Dutch Oven
    This is a large pot with two handles and a tight-fitting lid. It can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. A dutch oven is excellent for preparing large meals such as pot roast or beef stew.

  • Griddle
    A griddle lets you turn one or two of your stove burners into a smooth, flat cooking surface that's ideal for foods such as pancakes, french toast and more.
  • Large Saute Pan
    A large saute pan, especially one with a tight-fitting lid, is a very useful addition to your kitchen because it can allow you to prepare an entire meal in one pan.

  • Pasta Insert
    This is similar to a steamer insert, except a pasta insert is designed to let the food, such as raw pasta, be submerged in boiling water instead of just sitting on top of it. The advantage to a pasta insert is that it is very easy to remove the food from the boiling water once it's cooked?all you have to do is lift out the insert!

  • Steamer Insert
    This is a perforated pan that fits inside another saucepan. You can place food, such as raw vegetables, in the steamer insert and then place that in a regular saucepan that is partially filled with boiling water. The holes in the steamer insert will then let steam from the boiling water cook the food. Steaming is a very healthy way to prepare food because it doesn't involve adding any fat.

  • Stock Pot
    A stock pot is a very large, tall cooking pot usually with two handles and a tight-fitting lid. Stock pots are primarily used for preparing soups, sauces or stocks in large quantities.

  • Tajine
    Originally a heavy, unglazed clay pot, the tajine was used by nomads across Morocco and North Africa. Today it can be found crafted from a variety of materials including earthenware, cast iron and clay. It features a round shallow-sided base with a conical lid. This uniquely shaped lid is what makes it perfect for slow, low-heat cooking - the circulating steam condenses on the inside of the lid and then that moisture "bastes" the cooking food to keep it moist and tender.