Pre-Holiday Season Purchase

Again, I know I’m early to the party with all my ideas for holidays and whatnot, but this is important, guys.  I’m talking about changing your entire holiday, guys.  And for those of you in Canada, Thanksgiving is Monday, right?  So this is almost too late for you guys!

A roaster oven.  This thing cooks your turkey without taking up a single bit of space in your oven.  Instead of sticking the bird in there, fiddling with tin foil, pulling it out to baste (and spilling turkey juices all over your oven) the turkey is already out and easily accessed on your counter top.  Instead of attempting to cram your side dishes in the oven around the turkey, you have access to your entire oven.

The one I linked to is a 22 quart capacity.  My mom has a smaller one, I think.  This is an 18 quart one that is only $19.99.

And lest you think this is a thing you’ll use once a year, it does other stuff, too!  They can pretty much function like an oven, so most things that can be baked can be made in this.  Here’s a Hamilton Beach product manual for one of their roaster ovens with use tips, cleaning guides and more.  (Dootsie’s pro tip for buying appliances… always look up a product manual.)  We used one to do a whole chicken this summer, and it was so much less miserable than firing up the oven.

Do you have a favourite OMG LIFESAVER appliance?

3 responses to “Pre-Holiday Season Purchase”

  1. Very tempting… very tempting indeed. I read the product manual and now I’m thinking “why do I even have an oven?” $20 is insanely cheap.

    I’m also intrigued by the possibility of de-conflicting the oven during holiday events like Thanksgiving. Last time my sister and I did Thanksgiving at her house we had the ovens scheduled down to a gnat’s ass and then her sister-in-law waltzed in at the last moment and stuck her unbaked pie in the “spare” oven ( the one without the turkey ). Oh. My. God. I still can’t talk about it.

    1. I’m THE WORST about timing food. I’m always overestimating time on veggies and way underestimating time on casseroles and pies. And nevermind different oven temperatures!
      We’ve always shied away from complicated dishes at Thanksgiving because oven space was so tight. But now, I’m cooking up (har) all sorts of plans for delicious sides.
      These aren’t a kitchen necessity by any means, but it won my mother over and she HATES having unnecessary kitchen gadgets!

  2. Dootsie’s mom here. I have the Oster brand oven and it was around 39.00.
    It comes with a removable roasting rack, buffet server insert, and a removable roasting pan. I truly do love this thing.

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