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    Electric Roaster Help

    BuffaloBarb
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:48 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Help! I am hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year. I need to serve both a turkey & a ham (due to family members who do not eat poultry & those who can't live without it on Thanksgiving!). I purchased an Electric Roaster to help out - it's a Bella Cucina brand - 18 quart. I can't decide if I can use this to roast my turkey (which is 22.84 pounds) or if it would be better to put the fully cooked half ham in the roaster. It would be easier (oven space wise) to put the turkey in the roaster - directions say it will take up to a 22 pound bird, but mine seemed to fit when I set it in there (in its frozen state) and without the rack. Can this be done with good results? Do I need to keep moisture (broth) in the roaster & can I use a bed of onions, carrots & celery in place of the rack? I would appreciate help from anyone with experience on this topic - I have been reading various reviews online & still don't see a clear direction to go!
    duonyte
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:18 am
    Forum Host
    I don't have one of these, but I did find this advice, http://www.ochef.com/872.htm
    SarasotaCook
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:28 pm
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    what kind of ham, bone in, spiral, pre cooked or not, turkey stuffed or not.

    I have used those before with ok success but always smaller meats such as chicken and a small pork roast or beef roast.

    Personally not a big fan however, my meats did turn out very well and tender, so I can't complain for that at all. They just took up too much room and I would rather use the oven.

    First thought having used one, not that particular brand, but similar, the ham. The turkey bar far I would do in the oven, but the ham it depends what kind.
    BuffaloBarb
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks so much for your comments. My ham is a fully cooked, a smoked ham (half, actually - about 8 pounds). I think you're right - I should do the turkey in the regular oven, since it is a bit over-sized for the roaster. No point in jamming it into the roaster & then worrying about the results on a holiday! I'll put the ham in the electric roaster since it really only needs to be heated through. Not sure where I will put the side dishes! Guess I will probably make them ahead and just reheat once the turkey comes out of the oven. I went to Barnes & Noble today to see if I could buy a cookbook devoted to use of these portable electric roasters & found nothing available. I guess what I really need are INSTRUCTIONS on the proper use of this contraption rather than specific recipes! This is my first time on RecipeZaar - people are so nice!
    BuffaloBarb
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:56 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks - I did find this site helpful. I am not going to take a chance trying to roast this large turkey in a roaster for Thanksgiving. I am starting to regret this purchase - but I mustn't admit that - so I will find a use for it! And I think I may pick up a SMALL turkey (while they are on sale) so I can try out the roaster on a day when the results aren't so critical! icon_smile.gif
    SarasotaCook
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:51 pm
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    [quote="Chef #1455495"]Thanks - I did find this site helpful. I am not going to take a chance trying to roast this large turkey in a roaster for Thanksgiving. I am starting to regret this purchase - but I mustn't admit that - so I will find a use for it! And I think I may pick up a SMALL turkey (while they are on sale) so I can try out the roaster on a day when the results aren't so critical! icon_smile.gif[/quote]

    Good decision with the large turkey.

    I make turkey almost once a month, honest. About 12 lbs just for me. I get turkey for dinner, 3-4 baggies I make for sandwiches and 3-4 qt size for dinners. And the carcas for soup. I make creamed turkey one of my recipes, cheap, quick, and hearty, Turkey tettrazinni, quesadillas, turkey salad, turkey over a lettuce bed with roasted corn and black beans, turkey pot pie all for a 14 dollar turkey, cheaper than you could buy any other meat. And don't forget the soup.

    People think of turkeys only during holidays, but they are great year round. I roast them all the time in the summer and make great turkey salads, or just chopped over a fresh salad or in a fresh vegetable soup or even on grilled turkey, bacon and tomato, BLT type sandwiches which are great

    I do spiral hams and turkey every month or month in a half. I love what the veggie make. You can use the turkey too in hundreds of pasta and rice dishes.

    I make a chicken dish that easily can be made with leftover turkey with corn, beans, green chilies, tortillas, cheese that will feed 6 people with rice and a fresh salad on the side for under 3 dollars per person.

    And the ham would give you mac and cheese; ham pea and penne pasta; scallopped potatoes; ham and egg fritatta and bean soup from one ham. Well worth the money

    Enjoy your new toy. You will probably fine more online on their website for recipes than a cookbook

    Have fun.
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    I am sure your turkey day will be a success. FYI, many sides can be made after the turkey comes out. Most turkeys should rest at least 15-30 minutes until carved so that should give you time to reheat and a micro works great too.

    I make my potatoes early that day and then reheat in micro. 2 vegetable dishes baked the last 30 minutes after the turkey comes out with the dressing which has already been put together. Gravy on the stove and a couple of other chutneys etc on the stove. Nothing else in the oven.
    Chef #1456053
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:49 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi, I use a roaster for my turkey all the time. I put my turkey in a reynolds cooking bag. I will put the lifter on the bottom and set the turkey in a pan inside the roaster. I do this so I am able to get the turkey out of the roaster. The cooking bag will be full of juice from the turkey. My husband has to help lift it out. Just follow the directions for cooking the turkey that comes with the reynolds cooking bag. You can still do whatever prep work to your turkey. I have cooked a turkey up to 25 lbs in it. You could also use an aluminium pan, I have done that also but had to cut off from the top so it would fit into the roaster. The first time I cooked one I did not use a pan to sit the turkey in and the cooking bag stuck to the bottom it was a mess.

    I have also used the roaster kinda like a crock pot. I have made a dish of whatever and then set the pan inside to cook in the roaster. Just think of it as an oven. Hope this helps!
    BuffaloBarb
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:38 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    So many great ideas for using turkey throughout the year. I am generally cooking only for two - but I can see how useful a turkey can be for several meals - based on some of the suggestions posted here. My husband and I are on a Weight Watchers diet most of the time (not so much on holidays!) so I would not want to make too many creamy dishes - but the salads sound great (especially incorporating corn & black beans) and the soup is always a good way to go. I really appreciate all of the opinions. I'm looking forward to using this site throughout the year for answers to questions, opinions, recipes, etc.! (I will change my user name to something with more character!)
    SarasotaCook
    Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:37 pm
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    BuffaloBarb wrote:
    So many great ideas for using turkey throughout the year. I am generally cooking only for two - but I can see how useful a turkey can be for several meals - based on some of the suggestions posted here. My husband and I are on a Weight Watchers diet most of the time (not so much on holidays!) so I would not want to make too many creamy dishes - but the salads sound great (especially incorporating corn & black beans) and the soup is always a good way to go. I really appreciate all of the opinions. I'm looking forward to using this site throughout the year for answers to questions, opinions, recipes, etc.! (I will change my user name to something with more character!)


    There are also many dishes with fresh roasted mushrooms, onions, leeks and wild rice with turkey and a light vinaigrette.

    And a couple of turkey salads I make for a lady on weigh watchers. Made with yogurt, red pepper etc stuffed in tomatoes which are really good.

    There is also a turkey pot pie on weight watchers with all chicken broth and fresh vegetables which is excellent, I have made that as well
    CHawthorne
    Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I use a roaster every year. I rinse the bird, dry it withpapertowels, give it a good dusting with poltry seasoning, salt, peper then use celery, onion, apple slices or whatever combination you want then I use a whole stick of real butter to help baste the turkey. I am not sure if you have to baste it or not but I always do about every hour or hour and half (depending on the size). I even make my gravy in the roaster after I take out the turkey, the gravey is very rich with this much butter. There are good & bad sides to using the rack, it make the turkey much easier to get out of the roster but then a lot of the drippings stick to the pan. I would not recommend stuffing the bird, it tends to dry turkey out in my opinion. The turkey will brown from the bottom up so the last thing that is going to happen is the top will brown, the first year I cooked in a roaster I was afraid it would never be done or it would be raw because it still looked so pale on the top.
    flamingolady
    Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:36 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    hi,
    I just received this same roaster this morning and am also looking for recipes, that's the only down side, that it doesn't come with any! It does say you can put your side dishes/casserole/baking dishes in it, on the rack, so basically it's a mini oven. And, it also says can cook the meat on slices of onion without the rack, so the big turkey on onions would be fine, as long as the lid fits snuggly. I wouldn't worry that it's about a pound over the recommended size, they have to be 'safe' when writing the book, or some idiot would try to cook a 40 pound turkey and sue them if it didn't work. It's a 2nd oven, so it's meant to be used after all, just don't overfill the turkey if you plan on cooking potatoes around it. I'd probably make any roasted potatoes and the stuffing in a side pan, rather than stuffing the turkey, just to be safe, on the first time around. This machine is intended to be a 2nd oven, so it ought to handle big birds just fine.
    My oven died, so this is going to be wonderful, can't wait to use it.
    oh, remember to wash down the lid, rack and liner with soap, and also wipe down the outside before using the first time, the book says to do this to remove manuf. dust, etc.
    darcats
    Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:44 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much, I bought the new roaster and I wasn't sure what to do thank you . I have always used the cooking bag so I'm glad to hear I can still put that in the roaster
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