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Nesco® 18-Quart Roaster Oven

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Nesco® 18-Quart Roaster Oven

Nesco® 18-Quart Roaster Oven

Nesco®

The Bottom Line

The Nesco® roaster oven is a convenient alternative to a standard full-size oven. The 18-quart capacity can handle up to a 20-pound turkey.
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Pros

  • Countertop model is a cool alternative to a conventional oven.
  • Roasting rack with lifter handles for large meats and poultry.
  • Stainless steel insert is removable and easy to clean.

Cons

  • Requires a large storage space.
  • May require special cooking methods to achieve browning of foods.

Description

  • 18-quart capacity.
  • Variable temperature control heats from 200 F. to 450 F.
  • Roasting rack with lifter handles for large meat or poultry.
  • Removable stainless steel insert is easy to clean.
  • Roaster may be used to roast, cook, bake, steam, and slow-cook.
  • Preheating roaster oven for 20 minutes is recommended.
  • Instructions include general cooking times and temperatures for most foods, plus conversion tips.
  • Optional buffet server kit available for use as a food warmer.

Guide Review - Nesco® 18-Quart Roaster Oven

I remember my Granny-Ma's beloved Nesco® roaster when I was growing up, so it was with great interest that I tested this 21st century edition. She always cooked the turkey in the Nesco® and used the regular oven for all the other side dishes.

The Nesco® roaster oven is a countertop stand-alone oven with a temperature dial just like a standard range oven. Unlike a low-high slow cooker, you can regulate the temperature at will to suit your recipe.

Although these roasters are most-loved for freeing up the standard oven for baking the turkey during holidays, it can also be used for steaming, baking desserts, and as a buffet server.

Unlike Grandma's original standby, the current models have removable cookwell inserts. The stainless steel model is easy to clean, although bulky to maneuver in a standard sink. Put it in your dishwasher, if you have one to accomodate such a size, but I don't recommend it. Dishwasher detergents can eventually pit the surface. Just let it soak in hot soapy water and use a non-abrasive cleaner and scrubber for tough spots.

You'll probably need to either pre-brown meats or follow special instructions to achieve a golden turkey. The closed cooking environment is not conducive to browning.

Thumbs up on this one, but plan ahead for storage space. It's big.

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