You may have not thought of using an electric roaster before, but you will be surprised how much they can benefit the processes that occur in the kitchen. There are a number of reasons why people use this type of roaster and each one may also be why you would benefit from using one too. Let’s review some of the reasons why you could benefit from using one.
Why an Electric Roaster
Our lives are super busy and when there is a tool that makes life easier, then that tool should be considered. For those with little time to cook or don’t want to heat up the oven, an electric roaster just might be the tool for you. They fit perfect on the counter and free up the oven which is perfect for those on the go or when multiple foods need to cooked at one time.
Self-Contained – This particular tool is a cross between an oven and a big pan with a lid. The unit has its own temperature settings and plugs into any electrical outlet. You simply add the food you want to cook, place the lid, set the temperature and your part is done.
You can opt for a 5, 6, 18 or 22 quart roaster that has one large open pot inside. Some roasters come with a buffet server which generally has 3 sections and sets inside the roaster keeping foods warm. The lids can be a solid material or a heat resistant glass which is nice as you can see how the cooking is progressing.
Easy Cleanup – Since the roaster is a self-contained unit, it is simple to clean; much easier than the oven. There is no more bending over and scrubbing to get any burnt food off the bottom or that has splattered on the inside of the oven. Some brands even have a removable container which makes moving the food to where it will be served and back to the kitchen for clean up a snap. There are even liners that are specially made to withstand the heat of a roaster to keep your roaster clean.
Portable – Since the roaster can easily set on the countertop, it is easy to move around. A roaster typically has handles so you can move the entire unit without disturbing the contents. This is great for larger get-togethers such as pot-lucks and sports events.
The largest roasters can cook up to a 22 pound turkey and will still fit into most cupboards when not in use. The 22 quart roasters measures about 17 x 24 x10 inches (give or take an inch or two). The 5 quart version measures about 19 x 8 x 12 inches which will hold half a ham perfectly.
Price – Many of the brands available do offer a quality, decent sized roaster for about $50.00 which is reasonable considering the benefits a roaster can offer. Of course, you can spend a little more and get a larger sized roaster with more features. The price will also generally include a removable rack that insets into either a stainless steel or enamel roasting pan.
The roasters available, regardless of size, will heat up to either 425 or 450 degrees which is typically the highest your traditional oven goes. With this type of heat, you won’t be heating up the kitchen like your oven and will still be able to cook a scrumptious meal. An electric roaster is perfect for anyone who loves to cook.
Do you have an electric roaster recipe? This type of roaster is very easy to use and there are numerous recipes that can be used with the roaster; recipes for foods such as turkey. Turkey is generally cooked at a holiday or when a lot of people are gathering together. Most of us cook our turkey in the oven or some get adventurous and cook it on the barbeque or deep fry it. Have you tried your electric roaster to cook a turkey?
Using an Electric Roaster Recipe
Using an electric roaster simplifies the entire process. The best part is that you are freeing up your oven to bake the entrees that require a baking process. You can place your roaster on the counter, a side table or even outside where the turkey can still cook but the kitchen won’t be so overheated. If you are like me, I am always looking for new recipes and the electric roaster recipe that follows is one you can use the next time you are going to fix a turkey.
How to Cook a Turkey
Before starting, you will need to gather together a few items for this electric roaster recipe. It is always better to be prepared beforehand so that you are fretting about not having something when you really need it. Of course you will need your electric roaster and a thawed turkey of which the size is based upon how many will be at the feast. Typically the guys eat about one pound each and the ladies 1/2 pound each. You will also need the following:
- olive oil or butter, softened (2 sticks)
- poultry seasoning
- aluminum foil
- hot pads/oven mitts
- latex gloves (optional)
Step 1 – Remove any items from inside of the turkey and make sure there are no feathers left on its body. The organs can be set aside and cooked later to make gravy later or add to the stuffing if you choose to do so. If there are any packing devices on the bird, remove those too. Then wash it and then pat it dry.
Step 2 – In this step we will make a rub for your turkey. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the softened butter (or oil) with the poultry seasoning until thoroughly mixed.
Step 3 – Place the cleaned turkey with the breasts up on the electric roasters wire rack. While wearing your gloves, slather the rub you made in step 2 all over the turkey and inside the crevices. If you want you can rub it on the meat just underneath the skin too.
Step 4 – Cover the wings with foil unless you prefer them toasty. Cook the turkey at 325 degrees accordingly to the weight of the bird and if you have stuffed it or not. The typical times for unstuffed are:
8 – 12 pounds … 2.75 to 3 hours
12 – 14 pounds … 3 to 3.75 hours
14 – 18 pounds … 3.75 to 4.25 hours
18 – 20 pounds … 4.25 to 4.50 hours
20 – 24 pounds … 4.50 to 5 hours
Tips and Warnings
* The roaster will be hot so use your oven mitts when handling the roaster and turkey
* Baste every 10 minutes during the last hour to brown the skin
* The turkey’s juice will be clear and/or the legs/wings will come off super easy when done
* Allow the turkey to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before carving as this will redistribute its juices
Once you start using your electric roaster, you will find more and more ways to use it. I hope that you will try this electric roaster recipe to cook your next turkey in; it’s moist, tender and very tasty!
If you love to cook but hate the clean up and need to keep things simple, check out the Hamilton Beach Roaster Oven. Hamilton Beach offers a number of quality products to make your life easier and their roasters are one of them. There are a number of styles available to ensure that every kitchen can have one.
There are a number of other brands that offer roaster ovens but a Hamilton Beach Roaster Oven is certainly one of the top favorites. Model 32229 is one of the largest roaster’s available, next to the oven of course but these appliances make themselves a worthy purchase. Some of the features that this stainless steel model offers are:
- Single control knob
- Maximum temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit
- Removable interior pan with lid
- Removable wire rack
- Dimensions of 25 x 18 x 11 inches
The interior pan makes this roaster oven a must have as it can be easily removed to serve and for cleaning purposes. The housing is stainless steel which provides a clean look and is also easy to clean. The exterior handles are heat resistant which makes the roaster oven easy to move if necessary.
What can a roaster oven be used for? Think about what your oven can do and then put those thoughts into a much smaller package. A roaster oven can not only roast but it can bake, steam and keep foods warm when necessary too. It is perfect to make your favorite meals and take them with you to share with others.
There are many benefits to having a roster oven. One is that this appliance uses a lot less energy than the oven and therefore doesn’t heat up the kitchen like the oven can. Another feature is that the appliance is portable and will sit on any countertop or table without taking up much room. A third benefit is when there are a number of dishes that require the traditional oven for cooking; the roaster oven can hold the largest item to be cooked which frees up a great deal of cooking space in the oven itself.
I like this particular roaster oven because of its size. It is large enough to cook a 23 pound turkey in less time than in the traditional oven. That means less energy used and the kitchen doesn’t get as hot. The removable rack makes removing the poultry or ham so much easier and with the feet on the rack, the food isn’t sitting in the excess fat.
I also like the fact that this pared down oven comes with a lid which helps to keep moisture and heat in. Compared to an oven, a certain amount of heat isn’t lost so the temperature recovery time is minimal. With the temperature maintained and the moisture kept in, the results are foods that are moist and done in a smaller time frame than a regular oven so basting isn’t necessary.
The only down side that I would think one may have with this roaster oven is storing it due to the size of it. Other than storage issues, this roaster oven is perfect for those who have large families or like to entertain. There is even an additional serving unit that can be purchased to cook multiple foods at one time.
The price is reasonable and there is also an 18 quart model available. If you are considering a roaster oven, the Hamilton Beach Roaster Oven model 32229 is one that will work for all your needs.