Has anyone cooked a turkey in an 18 qt. roaster? How big of a turkey will fit in it and how long to cook. I'm wondering if I should buy one.
I find that they do not brown like in an oven, some finish their in the oven. Personally I would not just purchase one to do turkeys, I use mine for a lot of other things. I bake casseroles mostly. That works just like the oven.
When my oldest daughter decided to have Thanksgiving at her house she always did the turkey in her 18 qt Nesco and it was always moist and delicious. She usually did an 18# or larger turkey for all the people she had. We brought lots of the side dishes, etc and made the gravy there and never had any complaints! I have one that I haven't used but think I'll use it this year as she is coming here for turkey day! We'll have all the regulars and will cook a smaller turkey since there will only be 4 of us but into the Nesco it will go! It's great for chili, stew, veg soup that you can portion off and freeze. Clean up is easy. I also have the 4 qt Nesco and it's great for me, gave one to both of my daughters and they love them. I gave my 6 qt to my son and his wife and they love it so I recommend Nesco's and NO, I don't work for them <VBG> You will get a lot of use out of one if you buy one, one year we made 40 or nire Bierocks for a party and put them in there to keep ready for serving and it worked great!! They are great for lots of things besides your turkey. Good Luck!!
I love my Nescos. ( I have 3). Ham is really good in them also.
I have never used mine for a turkey but use it a lot for soups to share with the family and freeze the rest. I need to try a turkey one of these days though. I think my favorite is my 12 qt. Nesco. I also have their 6 qt. and I don't work for them either. LOL
Thanks for all your replies. I guess I will cook it in the roaster. Thanks for saying you cooked an 18 pounder, as that is what I will have.
You will get a lot of use out of one if you buy one, one year we made 40 or nire Bierocks for a party and put them in there to keep ready for serving and it worked great!! They are great for lots of things besides your turkey. Good Luck!!
what is nire Bierocks? Please excuse me if this is a typo....
You're right - it was a typo - we made 40 or 50 Bierocks (like Runzas) Sorry about the typo - VBG -
sorry for asking so many questions but.......what is Runzas or Bierocks. I've never heard of either. I'm from the South so I'm thinking this is a Northern Dish???? Thanks!
You're right,- Bierocks are of German origin and Runzas but got popular in Nebraska - and then there are the Pasties from up North - but anyway, I'll post a recipe for them - tasty eating!!!
* Exported from MasterCook * Bierocks (German Meat Turnovers)Recipe By :Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00Categories : Ground Beef Sandwiches Vegetables Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method-------- ------------ -------------------------------- 2 loaves frozen bread dough -- (1 pound) thawed 1 pound ground beef 1 onion -- chopped 1 clove garlic -- crushed 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper 1 small head cabbage -- chopped 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons caraway seeds 1/2 cup melted butterSaute beef, onion and garlic, salt and lemon pepper in a large skillet over medium high heat, until beef is browned. Add cabbage, Worcestershire sauce and caraway seeds. Cook until cabbage is limp; drain liquid from mixture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured board, roll each loaf of dough into a 12 inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Spoon cabbage/beef filling onto center of each dough piece, dividing equally. Pull three points of each wedge up to the center and pinch to seal. Place bierocks on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, brush dough with melted butter or egg wash (1 egg white with 2 tablespoons water). Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot, or wrap and freeze for heating later. * Exported from MasterCook * Runza Meat PiesRecipe By :Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00Categories : Appetizers Ground Beef Holidays Parties Snacks Vegetables Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method-------- ------------ -------------------------------- 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup shortening 2 small onions -- chopped 1 pound lean ground beef 1 teaspoon salt 2 packages active dry yeast -- (.25 ounce) 1/2 cup sugar FILLING: 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 eggs 4 cups chopped cabbage 3/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon salt 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour -- dividedIn a large mixing bowl, place 1-3/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Heat milk, water and shortening to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Pour over flour mixture; add the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low until blended. Beat 3 additional minutes on high. Stir in the remaining flour; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.Meanwhile, brown beef and onions in a skillet. Add the cabbage, salt and pepper; cook until cabbage is wilted. Punch dough down; roll into 12 6-in. squares. Top each square with 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold into triangles. Pinch edges tightly to seal and place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot. Note: can use bread dough,or make some dough in a bread machine - whatever suits you.
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