Roaster Oven

A roaster oven is a kitchen appliance that is smaller than the standard oven and it is usually placed as a free standing appliance on a counter top. It can be used to complement the conventional oven if the latter is already being utilized. It may also be preferred for cooking smaller items because it can cook them faster and more efficiently due to the smaller space that requires heating. Although its name implies that it is designed for roasting, it can also be used for steaming, baking and slow cooking as well.

Finding the Right Roaster Oven
The first thing to consider when purchasing a roaster oven is the size, which ranges from four to 22 quarts. If you plan to cook a large turkey you will need to purchase a relatively large one like the 18 quart roaster oven to make sure that the space is adequate. A smaller unit may be required if you do not plan to cook big food items often, especially if you already have a conventional oven.

You may also want to choose a non-stick roaster because they are a lot easier to clean and the browning and cooking of the food is more even. Even if they are more expensive, the additional cost is worth it because of the better quality of the cooked food and the fact that you will need to spend less time cleaning it. Another important factor is durability. Once again, going for a more expensive model is worth it in the long run if it lasts longer. Do not forget to check the design because removable parts make it much easier for you to clean the appliance afterwards. A roasting rack that is removable also permits easy lifting.

An important guide is to choose a brand that you already trust because you have already used some of the company’s products. You may also ask for recommendations from your family and friends. Before making your final choice, you can also search for online reviews for the brands and models that have been recommended to you.

Using a Roaster Oven for Slow Cooking
When using a roaster oven for slow cooking, you will need to determine whether it should be set to 200 or 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If the recipe calls for low heat, choose the 200 setting and if high heat is needed, select the 300 setting. After preheating the oven for 20 minutes, you can start adding the ingredients in the order that is specified in the recipe.

For recipes based on a standard slow cooker, converting the recipe is easy because the cooking time will be the same. For example, if the recipe indicates six hours on low heat, you can cook it in six hours with the roaster oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a Roaster Oven to Bake a Turkey
The first step is to preheat the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. After preheating the oven, you can stuff the turkey and then position it on the pan or rack with the breast side up. The next step is to place one-half cup of water in the pan. To ensure that the turkey is properly cooked, you need to cook it for about 20 minutes per pound. Therefore, you will need four hours for a 12-pound turkey. For a stuffed 12-pound turkey, 4.5 to five hours of cooking time will be required. You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature at the thickest points of the thigh and breast. These should have a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

In conclusion, the roaster oven is a very versatile and efficient cooking appliance. As long as you have chosen the appropriate roaster, you can enjoy various kinds of cooking with this oven that is a worthy addition to your kitchen appliances.

This Roaster Oven Review is Written/Updated on Jun 23rd, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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