Nesco 4818-14 Classic Roaster Oven, 18-Quart, Porcelain Cookwell, Ivory
- Exclusive "Circle of Heat" heating element
- Removable porcelain cookwell
- Adjustable Thermostat to 450 degrees
- Extra-high dome, self basting cover helps maintain moisture
- 18-Quart capacity
Unique Circle of Heat construction means foods are cooked from the side, not the bottom, for more moist cooking results. Automatic temperature control assures even, energy efficient cooking, every time. The single chrome steel rack includes handles for safe, easy insertion and removal of hot foods. The entire unit is easy to handle, easy to clean, and easy to store. Each 18 quart best value roaster oven is packaged with an attractive, informative use/care and recipe guide. This unit is ideal for large meals and entertaining in the home. Roast a whole turkey, up to 22 lb., pot roast, pork roast, ham, or whole chickens. Bake cookies, cakes, pies, quiche, even whole meals. Cook soups, stews, lasagna, and hot dishes. Make enough chili for the whole gang. Steam/poach vegetables, seafood, and poultry. Slow cooks less tender cuts of meat, too. 1425W/120V. Optional 4 piece stainless steel buffet serving kit turns this unit into a portable buffet table, great for serving 3 appetizers or meal items at once. Ivory white.
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At Thanksgiving, at Christmas, the feast c'est moi. I engineer the sit-down dinner for 6-10 people. I am disabled and walk with a cane, which means I have to plan it out like the Invasion of Normandy so that I can have rest breaks in between preparing the various dishes. And we have just the one convection oven.
I saw this classic roasting oven, just like the grannies of my youth often used, in a mail order catalog that targets senior citizens, and rips them off by charging about double what each item is worth. They wanted over a hundred dollars for this oven, so I did a web crawl to see if someone had it cheaper. And of course! Why didn't I think of amazon? I buy everything here! It was less than half what the scurrilous "other company" thought they would get from me.
Not only does this roaster free up the convection oven for cooking side dishes (or a second big meat item, for those of you who cook for a great big crowd), but the way it is built produces a really juicy turkey, not dried out like a lot of them. The only caveat is that you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS! This means that you need to take a whole separate day, when you have no important holiday tasks yet (I did mine around Veteran's Day) and run it for more or less the whole day...again, READ the instructions and BELIEVE them! It gets rid of any factory chemicals you would prefer your family not ingest, and it also gets it ready to be used for your holiday or other big-deal occasion.
Don't yank the lid off to check it often. You don't need to baste, which I disbelieved the first time and didn't do myself any favors. But it's true. You don't need a turkey that has been injected with a bunch of grease, and you don't need to baste it. All you need to do is leave the lid on.
I chose to believe the recent studies that show stuffing a bird is risky, so I only know what happens when you put the turkey in there without anything inside it. If you want to stuff the bird first, READ the instructions! But for me, a big casserole dish full of separately-prepared stuffing made everyone happy. And my future daughter-in-law pronounced my bird to be the first turkey she had ever liked. High praise from an important source!
I can put about four gallons of milk in and use the dial to slowly increase the temperature to my initial target, usually around 90 degrees. Once there I put the lid on while the cultures do their work and the lid roaster holds the temperature at 90 degrees, almost as well as the insulated vat I use in my commercial artisan cheese business. One thing I love about the lid is the small hole in the top for steam release. Well, that hole is the perfect size in which to insert a thermometer, allowing me to quickly monitor the temperature.
Making cheese at home is more challenging than in commercial operations because home cheese makers normally have to rely on direct heat. That makes it very challenging to increase the temperature at the proper rate and hold it at the desired temperature. This roaster oven does it very well, so if you are interested in cheese making, you won't go wrong with this.