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Spotlight on Cookware: What’s a Rockcrok®?

While many types of clay cookware are heavy or require seasoning before use, Rockcrok®, exclusive to Pampered Chef, is made from a super-durable, surprisingly light material. It lets you cook or bake anywhere—stovetop, oven, broiler, microwave, and grill. Here are some more cool things about the benefits of clay cookware and the Rockcrok® cookware collection.

Meet the Rockcrok®

It’s called a Rockcrok® because it’s created from strong clay that’s heat-resistant to 752°F. It shares much of the durability of cast iron, but is lightweight, more versatile, and easy to use. The Rockcrok® collection includes these distinctive pieces:

Dutch Oven XL. The 8-qt., 11" diameter vessel is extra-large for family-style and batch cooking. If you’re someone who loves planning make-ahead meals and freezing them for later, this largest member of the collection is for you.

Grill Stone. Its 15" diameter, flat cooking surface is ideal for grilled flatbreads, veggies, nachos, and more. It includes six recipe cards that’ll give you even more cooking inspiration.

Dutch Oven. This 4-qt., 9" diameter pot is perfect for family-sized stews, braised meats, and pasta. It includes ten recipe cards.

Everyday Pan. The 2.5-qt., 9" diameter, one-pan dinner-maker is a kitchen staple. It makes tender chicken breasts, tenderloins, or even ribs in the oven or microwave. It comes with ten recipe cards.

Casserole. With a 2-qt. capacity and 7½" diameter, this pot makes smaller main dishes and excels at dips, appetizers, and desserts. Seven recipe cards are included.

Slow Cooker Stand. Turns your Rockcrock® Dutch Oven or Everyday Pan into a slow cooker. Transfer food from oven or stovetop to the stand without changing pots or pans. Cook food slowly so it’s ready when you are, or keep dishes warm while entertaining. Comes with five recipes.

4-Quart Slow Cooker Set. Includes Rockcrok® Dutch Oven and Slow Cooker Stand.

2.5-Quart Slow Cooker Set. Includes Rockcrok® Everyday Pan and Slow Cooker Stand.

Small Grill Stone. Its 9" x 9" (12" with handles) size is perfect for burger toppings, side dishes, and meals for one or two. Use it on the stovetop, oven, microwave, broiler, or with our Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill.

Pampered Chef Rockcrocks

Clay Cooks Food Differently

Clay cookware can seem fragile, but like cast iron, it’s durable and versatile. Clay is a porous material that lets heat and moisture circulate during cooking—like a natural slow cooker that balances flavors in whatever you’re cooking.

Clay is also alkaline which means it’ll neutralize the pH balance of the acid in your food. That means food that’s naturally acidic, like tomatoes, will develop some natural sweetness when cooked in clay pots.

Rockcroks work in your oven  

How to Cook with a Rockcrok®

Rockcroks can be used for searing, braising, simmering, slow cooking, frying, boiling, baking, broiling, microwaving, and grilling.

When you’re cooking on the stovetop, it’s critical that the surface of the pan has some type of moisture at all times. You can use stock, oil, or butter. This will prevent the pan from pitting.

Once the cookware is heated, the heat will continue to build. You may need to turn down the heat in some cases, and continue to move food around to make sure there are no dry open spaces. The more you use your Rockcrok®, the more comfortable you’ll get.

Rockcroks work in your microwave  

Glazed vs. Unglazed Clay

Clay cookware falls into two categories: glazed and unglazed. The glazed variety provides easy cleaning; however, unglazed pots soak up more liquid and produce more steam, thus tenderizing meats and assisting in overall browning.

Other clay pots in the market (glazed or unglazed) have microcracks that can let liquids and oils seep through if not preseasoned before their first use. No seasoning needed with Rockcroks!

Rockcroks can go in your dishwasher  

The Secret of the Rockcrok’s Black Glaze

The black glaze on a Rockcrok® allows it to go directly on heat sources like the stovetop or the grill and endure temperature fluctuations in the microwave. And, it won’t show staining from higher heat sources like the grill. The specially formulated Rockcrok® glaze is made up of both small and large particles of clay, which allows the clay to expand and contract.

The foot ring on the Rockcrok® is not glazed due to the manufacturing process, but that doesn’t affect the cooking—it’s safe on all cooking surfaces. Yes, you can use the Rockcrok® on flat-top stoves, but don’t slide it around—it can scratch your stove.

Quick Care Tip: Metal utensils are safe to use in Rockcroks, but they can mar the surface. Just use a non-bleach, all-purpose liquid or powdered cleanser that is safe for cookware to remove any marring.

Grill Stone  

One-Pot Wonders

Because food is cooked at high temperatures and with steam, some types of dishes are particularly well-suited to clay cookware cooking. Rockcroks are perfect for weeknight one-pot meals. You cut down on prep time, cooking time, and cleanup by doing everything (taking it from the oven to broiler or stovetop to microwave) in one vessel. Here’s just the start of what you can make:

  • Whole chickens with vegetables
  • Meatloaf
  • Baked ziti or lasagna
  • Soups and stews
  • Casseroles
  • Baked potatoes
  • Vegetable ragouts and ratatouille
  • Cakes
  • Fruit cobblers
  • Bread

And, don’t worry if your company is running late. The clay material keeps food hot 2½ times longer than standard cookware.

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46 Responses to Spotlight on Cookware: What’s a Rockcrok®?

  1. Myra Harris May 14, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    absolutely love my RockCroks and can’t imagine not having one now – use it for everything from breakfast for a crowd, to lunch, dinner, and dessert! I think everyone should get one or maybe more than one. The most versatile tool in my kitchen.

  2. Sherri Langford May 16, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    I would love to try one of these Rock Crocs I would love to know the prices of them that seems like an ultimate piece of cookware oh and by the way I love you

    • Luvz2cook4u March 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

      Sherri, at the top of the blog there is a listing of all the names and sizes. Click on the underlined name to see all the information.

  3. Christi Bennett May 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Wow! That was very informative! I can hardly wait to get one … or two or three. I think my first will be the one for the Grill.

    • Lisa Williams May 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

      Christi…..all Rockcroks can go on the grill!!! Plus, the oven, microwave, freezer, fridge and stovetop!

  4. Marion Couch May 17, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    I love my rock crocks I cook everything in them and they clean up beautifully .

  5. John Youngblood May 20, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    I am moving into a townhouse that has an induction cooktop. Will these work with induction?

    • Carla May 23, 2016 at 6:02 am #

      John, no they will not work. You need stainless steel cookware for induction stovetops. Rule of thumb…if a magnet sticks to it, you can use it.

      • chris November 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

        Go to Grommet.com – they have flat round disks that you can put on your induction stove. The disk heats up evenly and you can use any cookware on top of these so you don’t have buy a whole new set of cookware. I would not use glass tho.

  6. Laurie Lyden May 21, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    I like my cook anywhere rok’crock.I ve grilled, baked, stove topped and microwaved it.Did I say like, I think better said I love it.Good invention

  7. Vicki Broaddrick May 23, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Where are they made?

    • Brenda A O'Hearn May 25, 2016 at 1:27 am #

      They are made in Korea

  8. genevieve morello May 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    You can buy an induction plate to use under non induction ready cookware

  9. Andrea May 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    I got a year or so ago when they were still pretty new and I’ve used it a handful of times. I cooked chili in it once and the RockCrok got so hot that the chili started sticking to the pot. Now this may be a stupid question but I’d like to use it more and not ruin anymore meals: Are you supposed to cook dishes like normal or do you have to adjust due to the way the pot conducts heat?

    • Lisa Williams May 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

      Andrea, here is some information from PC website…from frequently asked produck questions. The Rockcrok is really a wonderful “do everything” kitchen must have! There are a lot of recipes on the website, too! Don’t give up on it, you will end up loving this one pot wonder!!!!

      Is cooking with Rockcrok® similar to cooking with metal cookware? Cooking with the Rockcrok® is different than cooking with metal cookware for the following reasons:
      1. Preheating: The pan must be preheated properly. It is a natural tendency for cookware users to “crank up the heat” when preheating the pan. With the Rockcrok®, preheating gradually is important. Preheat for 3 – 5 minutes on medium heat (preheating range is dependent on your stovetop; 3 minutes is best for gas stovetop, up to 5 minutes for flattop stove). After preheating, the heat may be gradually increased up to medium-high heat as needed for browning foods. Very rarely is high heat needed due to the excellent heat retention.

      2. Pan coverage when cooking on stovetop: Keep the interior bottom cooking surface covered with food or liquid to avoid dry spots. If dry spots are noted, follow these tips: • Add additional liquid such as oil or stock. • When browning meats or vegetables, add oil in between each batch. • Stir and move foods around to keep the vessel bottom surfaces covered with moisture or food.
      3. Excellent heat retention: a. Because the pan holds in heat well, the handles may become hot on the stovetop. Always wear protective oven mitts or pads. b. Continue to adjust heat as needed on your stovetop. The pan stays hot, so it may be necessary to lower the heat. c. An added bonus is that the excellent heat retention means meals stay warmer longer.
      4. More cooking options and less clean up: Because Rockcrok® can be used on any heat source, there is no need to transfer foods to another pan to finish in the oven, microwave or under the broiler. It’s truly a one-pot wonder!

  10. T October 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    I need recipes for my Rockcrok. I have had it 2 years and used it twice.

  11. Teresa Sanger November 10, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Take a look at Pinterest, there are all sorts of recipes for the Rockcrok ! I believe you can also purchase cookbooks for the Rockcrok as well ….

    Hope this helps !
    Teresa S

    • Susie P February 8, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      Thank you, I’m concerned about using my Rockcrok and need some recipes to try!

      Susie P.

  12. Donna Herndon November 11, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    Need simple fast and easy recipes for my Rockcrok too!

  13. Stacey Swayze November 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I love my Rockcrok Dutch Oven. I can put frozen chicken into it and throw it in the microwave to thaw. Then straight to the burner for cooking and vegetables. To finish I put the Rockcrok under the broiler to brown and crisp everything up.
    This pan is Awesome. My favourite think to cook in it is Chili. All in one pan. So easy. When all is done straight into the dishwasher it goes.

  14. Misty Maxwell December 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    I think I fell in love….I need this! It does everything…no more pan for this and that.

  15. Kimberly Ellis December 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    Unbelievable that you can use it in tnt microwave! That’s amazing! That’s one reason I love it.

  16. Valerie Heckadon January 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    Best thing about the rockcrok is it can be used to cook in on or in anything, oven, microwave, stove top! One pot for numerous things!

  17. Karen Simmons January 9, 2017 at 5:54 am #

    I love the versatility of it! So kool!

  18. Caitlin Sommer January 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    I love how handy it seems! One pot wonder for sure!

  19. Nancy Martin January 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    I had the every day cooker! I loved it because it was just the right size for dinner for 1 – 3, and was so versatile with cooking methods! The last time I used it, I made sweet potato casserole in it.

  20. Alma Thomas January 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Sure would be nice to have extra money so I could give this a try. It sounds wonderful, but I will have to wait.

    • Patti February 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

      Each piece of the collection is 60% off for hosts in February.

    • Joan February 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

      Alma, I sold all of my Corning Ware French White and Iris design dishes that I’d had for over 25 years! I now just own the three Rock Crock pieces and really like their versatility, not to mention the extra space I gained in my kitchen cabinets!

  21. Barb January 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Everything we have cooked in it has been super moist & yummy…

  22. Rob lewis January 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    Love that we cooked in oven than finished it in oven he microwave it was still moist not dry

  23. Norene February 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    It looks like it would clean up amazing like my cast iron stuff and I Love that

  24. Pam Meeks February 2, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Love these products. The baking stones are amazing.

  25. Peggy Jaedtke February 6, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    I made an ooey gooey cheese dip in my everyday pan for Super Bowl (Yay, the Patriots won!!) I used the microwave to melt the cheese then finished it in the broiler. I rinsed it out and put it in the dishwasher. Came out perfect, even the burned on cheese came off. I love these pans! I’m a Pampered Chef consultant so I have them all!

  26. Anna February 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Is the glaze safe, is it non-toxic? Was the clay itself tested for heavy metals and other toxic materials? Thank you.

    • Marisa March 23, 2017 at 11:46 am #

      I’m wondering the same thing, the description says the glaze is also made from clay, but where does the black color come from? I was reading that clay glaze can sometimes be lead based. Would like answers to these questions as well.

  27. Valarie February 12, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    I like the extreme versatility that it offers from cooking to clean up. My kinda pot!!

  28. Kim February 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Can you use these with a glass cooktop? I know I can’t use any cast iron pans. Thank you.

  29. Lynne Guess February 14, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    Preseasoned, oven safe, dishwasher safe, lightweight, and you can cook anything in it. Great item.

  30. Pam February 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Love, love my rock crok!!! Only dirty one dish and have a complete meal! So versatile!

  31. Anna Gonzalez February 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    I love that the RockCrok is a great alternative to Cast Iron cook ware!!

  32. Becky March 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    What is the warranty of the Rockcroc? Mine cracked and broke while in the oven last week. I was so disappointed!!

  33. Kristy March 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    I would like to see the answer to the question by Anna on February 6, 2017. How much lead or other heavy metals are allowed in the glaze. I am very picky about the slow cooker brands I choose based on their full disclosure. I work and fix a lot of meals for the family in slow cookers, that means lots of exposure to the glazed surface. If it changes tomatoes ph it must also be capable of releasing elements too? I would be quite happy if there is a product available without lead. Is this one?

  34. Nanci Alton March 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    I love my Rock Crocks!!!! I gave away all of my other ceramic casseroles after starting to use these. I will be adding the grill stone and the crock pot base. Cooking complete!

  35. Evelyn Empie March 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    How much does it cost? May I order one without attending a home party?

  36. Carrie Cheek March 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Is the black glaze “green”. Does pampered chef test for heavy metals or toxin in the black glaze?
    What makes the glaze black? Paint?

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