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Old 10-27-2004, 08:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone use a Big Giant Roaster?

My crockpot is ready for it's funeral pretty quick, so I went to WalMart to get another one...and I came home with a new toy instead.
It's a GE 18-Qt Roaster. It looks like a crockpot on steroids. Anyway, it has all the bells & whistles, and I also got the accompanying buffet server that pops into the top with 3 loaf-pan-sized resevoirs for serving different foods.
Anyhow...does anyone use one of these, and what do you like to cook in it?

Thanks all :)

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Old 10-27-2004, 09:03 PM   #2
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Be glad you didn't go to the car dealership to buy a new wiper blade. No telling what you may have brought home... :roll:
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:33 PM   #3
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very funny!

.........but do you know about the roaster?
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Old 10-27-2004, 10:39 PM   #4
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I believe your roaster is like most table top roasters such as those made by Nesco. Is that right? It has a metal liner that comes out for cleaning?

I like this type of roaster, but the heat is too moist for my taste when it comes to roasting meats. If you want to make a pot roast, it's great. Crank the heat up and brown the roast. Turn the heat down and add just a little water. An hour or so later, add the veggies. Another hour later and you have a delicious pot roast.

You can roast chickens, but the skin doesn't get crisp. Again, it's because of the very moist heat. On the other hand, the chicken will be very moist.

I like these roasters for picnic potlucks. I leave it plugged in until we leave home. The food inside stays hot for about an hour, if it's full. I have a smaller oven and it makes excellent baked beans.

The best thing about these ovens is you can put them outside in the summer time. Keeps the inside of the house just that much cooler.
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Old 10-27-2004, 10:55 PM   #5
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I want one of those giants myself.
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Old 10-27-2004, 11:14 PM   #6
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I agree with Psiguyy...you will find this roaster is best described as a giant "steamer"....don't take that as a negative, it is just you will not get a "crispy" skin....you have to like that type of finished product to like this appliance
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Another forum discussing these as well...some ideas for use: 'baking' custard - water bath in the roaster; making stock- which sounds great to me - I would love to have a few quarts in the freezer all the time, of course soups, stews that require long cooking times. Hubby bought me one several years ago - kitchen space and my imagination kept me from utilizing it so it went at a garage sale [of course, he also learned that appliances not specifically requested are not good Christmas gifts!!] but I'm thinking one may make an appearance once we've moved our of this tiny apartment...
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I have one also, I do not use it enough like I thought I would. I do make alot of stews and soups make a double batch and freeze half. I have made turkey in it before it was great, that is if you can get over not having the brown skin.
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Old 10-28-2004, 06:45 PM   #9
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Stew, chili, or spaghetti for 75 people, 2 large turkeys, six chickens, a dozen or so game hens, 1/2 a pig. Those are huge, how many people in your family.
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Old 10-28-2004, 08:01 PM   #10
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I want one of those giants myself.
Hey, they aren't expensive at all -
the roaster was something like $28 and the insert was $10.

Pretend it's your birthday & get yourself one :)
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