...drying out of [.......... ] casseroles... (4th paragraph)
Surely if there's enough water put into a casserole or stew to start with, it shouldn't dry out, unless the cooking time has been severely exceeded?
Been a long time since I've made one as they're only nice in winter and I rather overdosed on them as a kid cos it was one of my mother's stock (OMG I dunno what we could have for dinner tonight) meals.
But I can see and am prepared to concede that a steam-assisted oven would probably produce a better result for this and most other oven-based recipes than a conventional one, especially something like Scouse or Lanc hot-pot where the last bit of cooking is without the lid to brown the top.
--Roses2at 12:46, 31 July 2010 (BST)
That para is (probably) lifted out of Wikipedia and knowing nothing about steam ovens (or even that they exist at all) I am loath to disagree with that statement. As for as casseroles & stews drying out though, I would always advise you start with a calculated amount of liquid and check the levels throughout the cooking process, adding extra liquid if required. You can easily add, it's pretty difficult to remove it afterwards though. --Chef 13:42, 31 July 2010 (BST)