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150 of 161 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2011
I have a Nesco Roaster that I purchased at least 12 years ago. I loved it!! It was great for turkeys, ribs, stew, beans, anything!! The only reason I was replacing it was because the Teflon coating was starting to come off and the roaster was getting "hot spots". The lid had seen better days, and... well, it was just tired! The roaster I ordered was the same as my old one so I expected many years of use and enjoyment. I was soooo wrong! I received the roaster and it was very cheaply made. The lid was thinner and the metal was ripply. After two hours of "airing" it out, the smell pretty much was gone but still noticeable. I figured, oh well, nothing is made as well as it used to be made and proceeded to wash the roaster so I could use it for dinner. I didn't want to use it the first time for Thanksgiving and have any surprises! It's a good thing!! I made Teriyaki chicken tenders with vegetables. EVERYTHING stuck to the sides, to the point that it took major scrubbing to get it off, even after soaking over night. I was a bit surprised but figured I would have to live with it. The deal breaker occurred when I was cooking the chicken and tried to remove the lid. It wouldn't budge. When I finally pried the lid off, the paint from the lid had melted onto the roaster, fusing the two together. The burning paint stunk to high Heaven and is permanently on the edge of the roaster. Though the roaster pan and the lid seem to have bonded, the same is not true for me. It's going back! Paint that melts when heated can't be safe. So disappointing and so sad!! :(
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2011
If you read the instruction manual you will learn to "burn in" this oven OUTSIDE" before you cook in it. It should be turned on high for one hour and allowed to burn off the protective oil used in manufacture. It will SMOKE. After that ...NO Problems. Everything went just as described in the manual.
The power cord for any appliance with heating elements is always short for safety reasons. I placed the oven on a make-do table under my covered patio and used the same power extension cord I use for my table saw, grinders and other heavy duty power tools. After one hour with this oven on constant max power the molded plug and wire became soft and hot to the touch. I say this only because some people will try to use a standard household extension cord and could possibly start a fire. I have only two other minor issues. 1) The cooking well came with a paper information sheet glued to the bottom. I could not scrub the glue off. I finally used some industrial solvent to remove the glue and then had to wash the whole thing again. The cook well will not fit my sink. 2) This oven is big...I mean BIG. I do have a problem finding space near a plug to use it in my "normal" sized kitchen. And I have not solved the storage issue...yet. All in all...I would buy it again. It does a job nothing else will do.

Sidebar: One of the selling points is that you are baking in a much smaller space than when heating your whole oven and therefore you are using less power and saving money. I am not an electrical engineer, but I am not so sure about that. You are using 120 volt power, not 220 volts and therefore drawing twice the amperage.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
Bought this roaster after reviewing others online. This roaster did everything it was supposed to do. Cooked our 20 pound turkey perfectly. Turkey was moist and juicy. Highly recommend this roaster. Bought it at Sears because it was $20.00 cheaper than online here.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Okay, I've only had it for about four days, but I have already used it three times! Since I have such a large family I was going to invest in an additional 7 quart crock pot until someone recommended this item to me. They saved me!!! Not only was this less expensive than two 7 quart crock pots, but it works better, has more options, is more convenient, and it's obviously more quarts. I have a really large family, as I stated before, and I like to not cook just the meal for the evening, but I want leftovers so it means less cooking on another day. Usually when I make chicken soup I use two of those large roasters that are like black camping gear. I was able to fit more into this than I could usually fit into two of those pans. To give you an idea of size for my usual pans that I use, I usually cook two turkeys on Thanksgiving each of them has to be over 22lbs in order to feed the masses, and these would be the pans I cook them in. Now I could probably get a 22lb bird in this roaster but not two. However I did fit an entire package of chicken from Costco (10lb bag of boneless skinless thighs), an entire package of vegetables from Costco (5.5lbs), a 2lb bag of rice, and a crap load of water. It turned out wonderful! I did make sure to "cure" the roaster before using it and yes, it absolutely did stink, YUCK. But it didn't smoke very much as it warned it may. It advises you to cure it for one hour OR UNTIL THE SMELL AND/OR SMOKE GOES AWAY. It took me about an hour and a half for the smell to stop emitting from the roaster. But I'm glad I did it cuz I wouldn't want that smell near my food lol. I will be uploading a picture of my roaster, for reference I have placed what was closest to me that could be considered "universal size" onto the roaster so you can get an idea of the massive size of this thing. It really is quite large. This purchase was worth every penny I paid for it and I love it so much I am considering buying more of them as gifts for my mom and sisters.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
We love the Nesco! We also have a similar Hamilton Beach roaster oven, but some of our family gatherings require more than one LOL. Both models are comparable, both require a burn-in period for use and both come with a stainless steel wire rack- useful for pulling a hot roasted turkey out for carving. Both allow us to use a 3 set buffet server (sold separately) to steam foods or keep warm for serving. We love the Nesco for roasting a turkey or a couple chickens- juicy and tender! We also use the Nesco to make family gathering sized portions of pastas, spaghetti, etc. We have not yet baked in the Nesco but have heard nothing but good results.

Why the Nesco? Nesco is the "go to" for roaster ovens. Nesco initially was the popular brand, roaster ovens is what they have specialized in and Nesco has the experience and reputation to stand behind their products - over 50 years.

Key points:
* BURN IN OUTSIDE- all new roaster ovens require a burn in period, outside, so the units can off-gas properly. Fail to do this and your foods will have an odd smell / taste the first few uses.
* Buy the buffet server during the holidays when box stores sell them cheap. It was nice to have on hand when we needed it and difficult to locate in box stores in the off-season.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
This worked great for Thanksgiving. It cooked our Turkey in half the time a regular oven would take, leaving the meat moist.

The "burn in" only took about an hour, not a big deal.

The lid and roaster pan are coated metal, which lifts out for easy cleaning.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
Bought this roaster for Christmas day, since there
wasn't enough room in the oven. Worked great. This is now the "family" roaster for anyone to use. Wish I had bought it years ago.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
This cooker does exactly what it's supposed to do. Although, I'm not quite sure the cookwell is porcelain, as it feels differntly from my slow cooker that has a porcelain cookwell. I'll look more into it, but for now, I have to say this is a great roaster.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
Bought this roaster for Thanksgiving. Went with Nesco because thought would be quality. Lid is cheap aluminum and once roaster heated up lid warped and allowed heat to escape. Used roaster twice to cook turkeys. First was 14 pounds and second was 22 pounds. Both were delicious and juicy, but rack for the bird was cheap and 3 of the welds broke free and now rack is useless. Thank goodness for Amazon return policy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
There is nothing better than opening a package, reading the instructions and then watching a pro at work. The first time was a charm and the second time was even better. For years I have cooked our big meals in the oven and had success; however, I wanted to try this cooker and oven for those times when the master oven would be unavailable for the big meal. After considerable reading and checking it had to be the Nesco 18-quart oven and I'm so glad I decided on that one. So say the meals were perfect would be an understatement. Each was exactly as we heard about as kids and growing up. What was the best was it made me look as if I knew what I was doing. I always use a thermometer and will continue that tradition. I like the lightweight compared to the heft of other roaster ovens and the cleaning is a breeze. The one fault I found is the need for a good place to keep it ready and available. Many kitchen cabinets are too small and I do not want to keep it in the garage. I arranged a space in my pantry just for it and all is well. Bottom line: It quickly became a household favorite and will be used for a long time.
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