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Roaster Works Fine, But Not Pretty (cosmetic defects)
on December 30, 2012
I bought this roaster for my other half, who is the turkey expert. Since we only have one oven, I thought it would greatly simplify big meals with turkeys and other things that need to be baked at the same time. Having seen my mother use one this past November, I thought it was a great idea.
It was. Mostly. Let me start with MY error: A really big turkey will fit in this oven, but if you're going to use a cooking bag, opt for a small turkey, and be very, very careful that the plastic doesn't touch the sides or bottom. My turkey was so big, touching was inevitable, and the bag melted INSTANTLY on contact. And boy howdy does it stay there. I can't scrub it off, I can't burn it off. But it turns out you don't need a bag anyway. I removed the bag from the turkey, and followed the advice I found on a recipe site: crank the roaster up all the way, cook the (olive-oil coated) turkey at full temperature for half and hour, then dial it back down to 325 degrees, and finish cooking. It was brown, tender, juicy and delicious. NOW. . .
Since I've foolishly melted plastic onto the inside of my cooking pan, the roaster is obviously non-returnable. And I would, now that I've given it a good look in the light of day. The stainless steel exterior has a dent above the knob. The cooking insert has chipped enamel that looks like it has been touched up with paint or a marker or something. And the ceramic interior of the roaster has chips and deformities around the outside edge. We didn't notice when we unpacked it by the Christmas tree, but under bright lights it's obvious.
So: the roaster works, and works pretty well. It has a fairly short cord which could be a problem. And it looks like they sometimes let cosmetic defects go out the door, maybe even with an effort made to pass them off with shoddy repair work? You don't suppose the mail order ones are more susceptible to this, since they're harder to return? It's worth pondering.