A roaster oven offers the same features as a conventional oven, in a convenient, portable unit. It will work wherever you have an electrical outlet and a solid, heat-tolerant surface. Most roaster ovens come in 6-, 12- or 18-quart capacities, and the larger sizes are able to accommodate a large turkey. Most roaster ovens not only roast, but also cook, steam, slow-cook and even bake. If prefer to bake your roasts, you can do so in a roaster oven, setting the dial to bake. The same is true for cookies, breads and other baked items.
Things You'll Need
Baking a Turkey or Roast
Remove the rack from the roaster oven and pour 1/2-cup water into the baking pan. The water will create condensation that will keep the meat moist as it bakes.
Replace the rack and place the lid on the roaster. Plug the roaster oven in and preheat for approximately 20 minutes to prepare it for baking. A baking temperature between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient for 15-lb. turkey, beef or pork roast.
Wash the roast and season it according to your recipe’s instructions. Remove the lid and place the roast on the rack. Replace the lid and bake for the recommended amount of time.
Move the roast to a serving platter after the required cooking time.
Baking a Casserole
Plug in the roaster oven and put on the lid. Preheat the roaster oven to the required temperature.
Remove the lid after preheating and cover your casserole dish with foil. Place the casserole dish on the rack inside of the roaster oven. Replace the lid and bake for the required amount of time.
Remove the lid after cooking and remove the casserole dish, while wearing a pair of oven mitts. Place the casserole on a trivet or stove top to cool.
Baking cookies or bread
Plug in the roaster oven, put on the lid and preheat to the desired temperature. After preheating, remove the lid and line the rack with foil.
Place the cookie dough on the foil. Replace the lid and bake the cookies for the required amount of time. Transfer the cookies to a plate after baking.
Bake bread using a loaf pan. Place the dough in the loaf pan, and place the loaf pan on the rack, after preheating. Replace the lid and bake for the required amount of time.
Move the bread to a trivet or stove top to cool after baking.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure your roast has cooked to the recommended temperature.
You can also place raw vegetables in with the roast to cook.
References and Resources"RecipeTips.com: Roaster Oven"
"Parents Connect: Cooking Turkey in a Tabletop Electric Roaster"
"Iowa State University, University Extension: Food for Fitness and Fun"; November 2001