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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.

Cooking with a Rockcrok<sup>®</sup> in the Microwave

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75 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. Rhonda May 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    I see lots about its durability, but can’t it be used in a camp fire . That’s where the majority of my cast iron gets used

  3. 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

    • Angela May 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Sherri,

      Contact me to schedule a party so that you can get the Rockcrok for Free or Half Off!

    • Felicia Wilson May 25, 2016 at 7:35 am #

      Sherri, I am not sure if anyone replied to your request for prices for the RockCrok yet but If I can assist you I will be happy to help. The prices are as follows. Rockcrok dutch oven which is our largest one is $139.00, The Everyday pan is $119.00, the Small Casserole is $99.00 and the new Grill Stone is $80.00… This is The absolute most versatile cookware pieces you will ever own. It can go from refrigerator straight to the stove or range top without cracking. it can go on your bbq grill, even under the broiler and also is dishwasher safe. If I can assist you further, please feel free to contact me any time.

    • Jaccilee Szafranski May 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      Good Evening Sherri,

      Sorry I am just getting back to you. The RockCroks have be come my all time favorite and most used piece of cookware because of it’s versatility!! We have 4 different RockCroks for all size families and lifestyles 🙂

      Come in sizes:
      4qt Dutch Oven: #3140 $139
      2.5qt Everyday Pan: #3130 $119
      2qt Casserole: #3141 $99
      Grill Stone: #3150 $80

    • Kathryn Woods June 29, 2016 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Sherri!
      Have you gotten a chance to try a Rockcrok?
      The Grill Stone is in high demand! Flat bread pizza one night, Mile High Nachos the next… and last night..we took it out of the freezer and made Cold Stone Ice Cream on it!

      Let me know how I can help you get one!
      Do you prefer full price, 60% off, 50% off or free?

    • 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.

    • Janel Eckert March 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have, Sherri. janel.eckert@yahoo.com
      I have been a Pampered Chef Consultant for 11 years.

    • Sherry hoffman April 1, 2017 at 10:28 am #

      The rock rock has different prices but the big one is $149. And the small one is $119. You’ll never need another crock pot and it’ll replace your griddle and grill. I sold my old crock pot and George Forman on Amazon marketplace.

  4. 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!

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

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

  6. 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?

    • Melissa May 22, 2016 at 11:09 am #

      Yes, I’ve used mine with induction…it works well.

    • 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

      • Diana Curtis July 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

        The only reason they had to be made overseas is because they tried very hard to have them made in USA like our other stones but was unable to have the technology needed for it. It took over 3 years to perfect this.

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

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

  10. Delta Atkinson May 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    I have two rockcroks & I love them both. They are Great for cooking. almost any dish . I don’t know what I would do without them they are The Best ever!

  11. And. May 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    I have a glass top electric will it work on that also.

  12. Heidi Allgood May 31, 2016 at 4:08 am #

    Can a Rock Crok be used on a glass stove top?

  13. 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!

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

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

    • Jeanine Ganier October 28, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      I would be happy to send you recipes for your Rockcrok if you haven’t gotten them already! You will love it once you start using it! I’ve got an email FULL of recipes that I can send you! 🙂

    • Sherry hoffman April 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

      It should have come with a few but you can order them online. When you get online there should be a search box. Put in rock crok recipes and see. There is also a pic recipe book for sale.

  15. 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.

      • Sherry hoffman April 1, 2017 at 10:30 am #

        There are also cook books available from pic. So many things to eat! Yum!

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

    Need simple fast and easy recipes for my Rockcrok too!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

    I love the versatility of it! So kool!

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

    • Sherry hoffman April 1, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      I am a new consultant and you can host a online party to get it or at least get a discount. You invite the people to view and learn about it at the pic page and get discounts for what they order. Orders go direct to them so no hassle for anyone. They can order more later or have a party too. The thing is, if you host one in your home there’s a cooking demo! Oh! Don’t forget the dips for bread and the rubs sold. Wonderful!

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

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

  26. 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

  27. 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

    • Sherry hoffman April 1, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      It does clean easily but is sooo much lighter than cast iron.

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

    Love these products. The baking stones are amazing.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

      • connie September 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

        I’m about to buy one now but am wondering if it has lead. Since Clay comes from the earth, there has to be lead in it. but now, how much is what I want to know. Is it similar to the crock pots?

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

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

  32. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. 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!!

    • Sherry hoffman April 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      The warranty is five years. If you call pc and press 1 a person will help you get a replacement. Possible reasons for the breaking would be if the heat was too high. Doesn’t need as high as older pots do.

  37. 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?

    • Sherry hoffman April 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

      The glaze is specialized to pampered chef. My suggestion is that if you have a question you can call pc and press one and ask. Glaze does not any metals or other things we worry about. The pc number is 1 888-687-2433. It does not change things by any chemical reactions. It is just that the clay reacts differently than the stainless steel or other items used to make pots and pans. In cast iron items you seasoned them and then just wiped the pan clean. If you washed it then you had to reseason. Cooking or baking in one made things taste different. It was just a natural thing because of the cooking style. Hope I explained this right. Please! Call p c if I didn’t.

      • connie September 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

        The one that doesn’t have lead is the Instant Pot. I did buy the Pampered Chef casserole pot last week. I’ll have to call headquarters to find out how much lead is in this pot. My daughter is telling me her toothpaste has a warning label for lead in that. Its called Earth Paint. We use the clay masks too which are from the earth. So, it’s up to us what we want to use.

  38. 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!

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

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

    • Gail Shendelman March 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

      You can see the entire collection at http://www.pamperedchef.com – they range from $40 to $250 depending on what size you choose – I think the RockCrok Dutch Oven ($139) is the most versatile unless you’re cooking for a huge family regularly. You can also search for a consultant near you on the Pampered Chef website (you do not need to attend a party to purchase them).

    • Sherry hoffman April 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

      I am a new consultant so I will say I suggest you go to pic.com and check for a consultant. Any will do if you just order online. If you want a party you need one near you. You can do an online party and earn the item or just order it. Be sure to get one that has the stand to start and then you can add other size pots for it later. One has the stand, pot, and lid for $149. Great deal! One with a smaller pot is a bit less. I live in a mobile home and have a small amount of counter space. I sold my crock pot and grilling machine on Amazon and now only need space on the counter for the stand. Pots in cabinet. Great items for campers and Rvs too. Contact if you need more.

  40. 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?

  41. Sherry hoffman April 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    Call pic at customer support. 1-888-687-2433 when asked hit 1 and a person will answer any questions you have. Best to get answers on what things are made of from them. I believe, that it is black do to the glaze added to the product before it is fired, baked. I made ceramics and on a platter I made I daubed a yucky pinkish stuff. Where baked in a kiln it was a beautiful blue!

  42. Bobbie May 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    I would like to know the actual height of the casserole and of the everyday pan. I am wanting to use this in my RV. Anyone tried either to see if they fit in those tiny ovens?

    • Sondra May 22, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

      I’ve used the Dutch Oven in my RV oven, and I believe it is taller than the two pots you named.

  43. Bonnie Sharp June 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    I accidently knocked the lid against the side of my roc rockcrok & knocked a chip off the edge of the rock crock. Will this affect the rockcrok at all?

  44. Maya July 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    is ROCKCROK products from pampered chef is PTFE-free and PFOA-free?

    • connie September 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

      Did you call headquarters?

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