Originally Posted by Roll_Bones
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?
Nope, they roast. That's the only way Mom ever cooked a turkey, and they came out just the same as in an oven. Since the oven is required for so many other items common to Thanksgiving dinner, it was really convenient to do the bird in the roaster. It does limit the size that can be cooked, though. I know that although it's advertised to do a 20 pound turkey, we never could get the lid to fit over anything much bigger than about 16 pounds. I remember at least once that we had to sort of jerry rig a lid by adding foil around the gaps. It worked, but wasn't the most ideal solution, and the skin didn't get as crispy as normal. I think that it doesn't brown as well if it's overloaded.