Originally Posted by Sir_Loin_of_Beef
With the Julia Child method, turkey gets cut up into the breast with the wings section, and the legs and thighs. You cook the breast piece for 30 minutes first, then place all the pieces on top of the stuffing so you can make 2 or 3 times as much stuffing as will fit inside even an 18 pound turkey, yet is still gets all the juices from the roasting turkey. It also takes up less room in the pan because you've removed a big part of the turkey that never gets eaten anyway.
This is a Rival roaster oven. Nesco is pretty much the same thing.
With the Julia Child method, up to a 20 pound turkey will fit in a roaster that normally only holds a 16 pound whole turkey.
Doesn't that type of appliance steam the turkey instead of roasting it?
I have had turkey roasted in one of those things before and the skin was not crispy. They were not exactly great cooks either. Maybe thats why the skin was not crispy?
Originally Posted by Andy M.
Counter top kitchen appliances are designed to work with household electrical circuits. In the USA, household electricity is provided at a standard 120 volts. A standard circuit in a residential home is limited by a 15 amp circuit breaker or fuse.
If you do the math, the maximum wattage you can generate is 1800 watts. I'd guess a roaster would be close to that limit.
All small kitchen appliance circuits in the US unless revised locally
REQUIRE two(2) 20 amp counter top circuits per household kitchen.
This is purposely required so the homemaker can use any appliance designed for its purpose.
In the US the plug on the end of the appliance cord is designed so it can only be plugged into a receptacle with sufficient power to operate the appliance. In most cases this would be a 15/20 amp duplex receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker.
This is also the case overseas, except the voltage is different and the receptacle and plug configuration are also different. But for the same exact reason. So no one has to consider watts or voltage except the electrical installer.
So, there is no math required. If the plug works, you should be good to go as long as the electrical installer used 20 amp counter top circuits as required by the NEC.
Note: Many kitchens and frankly many households have been worked on by those with no regard or knowledge of the requirements.
So it would be possible that the electrical installer did not follow the rules and very well could have the kitchen counter top receptacle on 15 amp circuits. Also, if the wire/cable used was not of sufficient size, it may have not allowed for a 20 amp breaker where one would be highly desired.
Originally Posted by cinisajoy
I meant physical size. Asked about wattage because I only have 20 Amp breakers. Which to keep from tripping the breakers I estimate at 2000 watts.
20 amp breakers while not required everywhere in your home, they are required for the counter top receptacles.
These are called small appliance circuits and are treated differently than other rooms in the home for apparent reasons.
You should have no concern and frankly no one here should have any concern unless they find themselves resetting breakers or replacing fuses.
Originally Posted by MarcD
The Rival 18qt roaster oven is listed at 1450 watts from what I see for specs.....15A should work.
Modern codes require 20A circuits in the kitchen and those near the sink must have ground-fault protection. Older homes may not have the higher rated circuits. When I wired my house in 1979 the codes had just been changed to require the 20A circuits for the kitchen.
This is correct. Even some newer installations are not correct since we have lots of folks performing electrical work without really knowing the requirements.
A good example above is the comment about having only 20 amp circuit breakers in the panel.
How many of those 20 amp breakers could be 15 and how many are on wire to small for 20 amp?