Why We Love Ramekins

Ceramic ramekins (ceramekins?) are an easy way to impress your dinner guests.

Is there anything a ramekin can’t do? These little cuties are perfect for cooking individual dishes, like for egg soufflés and crème brȗlées, but also great for your mise en place as you get prepped to cook. Plus, they’re oven-, microwave- and freezer-safe. Behold, the greatest little kitchen accessory you didn’t know you needed.

Great Value

This double-glazed option works in the oven, microwave and freezer. Best part? They’re dishwasher-safe. Bellemain

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At this point you might be thinking that you don’t really need a set of ramekins. While it’s true that they were once the property of only the most serious of chefs, they really have made it into mainstream cupboards—mostly because of their incredible versatility. One of the greatest things about ramekins is that when you get right down to it, they’re just little bowls! So when you’re shopping for your set, think about all the ways you might use them—your morning yogurt or fruit, desserts, an oil-and-balsamic dipping dish for bread—and choose your sizes accordingly.

Pretty Pastel

These uniformly profiled babies line up in a perfect column when you put them away—not a wobble in sight! Dowan

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Though you probably picture pretty white ceramic when you hear “ramekin,” the truth is this little multitasker comes in various materials and weights: glass, porcelain, metal, and stoneware (which is very expensive and crazy heavy—but also most likely to give you a uniform bake due to its insulation). Some cooks prefer certain materials for their looks or the way they cook food—e.g. ceramic instead of glass for baked eggs—but it all comes down to personal preference.

Multiple Sizes

These can handle up to 520℉, whether you pop them in a microwave or a conventional cooker. WERTIOO

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Make sure to pick a style that’s glazed on the inside and out. That’ll prevent stains on every side. If you somehow end up with stains on your porcelain, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with water or white vinegar to form a paste, then scrub the stain until it’s gone, and rinse.