Cooking Times For Rival Roaster Oven

Pros of Buying an Electric Roaster Oven

  • Frees up oven space for other delicious dishes
  • Turkey generally cooks faster than in a traditional oven
  • Low maintenance – set it and forget it (with a thermometer), no basting
  • Without a roaster, it’s harder to brown the turkey and get that classic, roast turkey color and crispy skin. You can use browning sauce for color or put the turkey in your regular oven for the last half hour of cooking for crispness. I personally don’t care too much about the color because I always cut up my turkey up before serving, and no one in my house eats the skin.
  • The oven is also pretty big and can take up kitchen space. I keep mine in the original cardboard box in the garage when I’m not using it.
  • How To Buying the Best Turkey for Roasting

    Here’s what you should keep in mind when you’re selecting a bird at the supermarket:

  • Make sure you don’t buy a turkey that’s too big for your roaster. I once got ambitious and bought a huge turkey from Costco. I prepared it, only to realize it too was too large for the lid to close!
  • How much turkey per person? Buy 1 pound of raw turkey per guest.
  • Thawing a turkey is pretty easy, but there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • What’s the best way to thaw a turkey? The folks at Butterball are pros and they have a comprehensive guide for safely thawing a turkey.
  • I run my fridge cold. While defrosting a frozen 16-pound turkey, I found ice crystals in the cavity even after refrigerating for 5 days. If your turkey still has ice crystals when you’re ready to cook, don’t worry. As long as the meat feels thawed and the turkey is pliable, it’s still ready to cook. Simply add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • To cook a turkey in an electric roaster, all you really need is the turkey and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Of course, all the extras make it great! But if all you have is butter, you’ll still get a delicious, browned, and crisp-skinned bird. Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

    Start by pre-heating the turkey roaster to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, remove the neck and giblets from the bird and make sure the turkey is thawed. I recommend placing it on the roaster rack for this (something I forgot to do in this picture).

    Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving side, but I don’t cook my stuffing in the turkey cavity for sanitary reasons. Instead, I stuff my turkey with slices of apple, onion, and celery to add flavor. Then, I discard the fillings after cooking. I make my stuffing in a casserole dish and cook it in the regular oven. After stuffing the cavity, slide a few pats of butter in between the skin and meat on the top of the bird. Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

    If you like, you can make a simple browning sauce for your bird by mixing the seasoning packet with melted butter. Use a pastry brush to cover the turkey with the browning mixture. The browning sauce is for color only, so if you don’t want to use it, melted butter works too.

    Then season the turkey generously with salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you prefer (I use Italian seasoning.) Finally, place the entire turkey, rack and all, itto in the roaster oven.

    A roaster oven works much the same as roasting in your conventional oven, but “much the same way” isnt quite “exactly the same way.” Your Rival roaster oven is much smaller than a conventional oven, whichever size you own, and that has a big impact on how it works.

    For some cooks, crisp skin isnt as important as the perfect golden color. You can make that happen by basting the bird with butter or broth that has a few drops of gravy browning whisked into it. The browning colors your turkeys skin nicely for that Instagram-worthy hue.

    Starting the bird at a temperature of 450F to 500F and then lowering it for the rest of the cooking time will give you a reasonably golden skin. It wont stay completely crisp to the end of your cooking time, though, because of the moisture in the roaster. Transferring your bird to a conventional oven for the last 30 minutes of its cooking time is a better alternative if your oven isnt already filled with side dishes.

    Its best to work from the shortest of those cooking times –12 minutes per pound for a prebasted bird, or 15 for a fresh one – and start checking your thermometer a good 20 to 30 minutes before you expect it to be done. The turkey is ready when it shows a temperature of 165F or higher in both the breast and the inside of the thigh.

    The relatively small space inside the countertop roaster traps a lot of moisture that would evaporate from your bird in a conventional oven, and it keeps it confined inside the relatively roasters relatively small cooking well. That moist air transfers heat more effectively than the dry air of a conventional oven, so youll find that your turkey cooks a bit faster than usual.


    How long does a 17 lb turkey take to cook in a roaster?

    You’ll want to plan about 8-10 minutes per pound for an unstuffed bird at 325º Fahrenheit. You should always read your instruction manual because each roaster may be different.

    How long do you cook a 12 lb turkey in an electric roaster?

    I used my electric roaster for the turkeys. I have a large roaster and I was able to do two 12 lb. turkeys in it. Cooked them at 325 degrees for 3 1/2 hours and then checked them.

    How long does a 20lb turkey take to cook in an electric roaster?

    Simply turn roaster heat down to 325*F and cook for an additional 4 1/2hours (approximate for 20 pound turkey). Rule of thumb is 15 minutes per pound of unstuffed turkey. So a 20 pound turkey would need to cook for an approximate total of 5 hours.

    How long does it take to cook meat in a roaster oven?

    Roaster oven recipes for beef cuts such as chuck roast are great because it allows you to cook the meat long and slow for tenderness and flavor. Cook at 300 degrees F for 15 to 30 minutes per pound, depending on whether you want rare, medium or well-done beef.

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