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Nov 21, 2012 08:45 AM

Nesco 18 quart roaster oven?

I received this as a gift 15 years ago and have used it approximately twice. It sits on a shelf in the basement. Has anyone ever roasted a turkey in it? Other than serving chili or beef stew for a crowd, when do you use it?

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  1. We have the older Nesco Roast Air (has a little convection fan in the lid). Yes, we have roasted turkey in ours. I has always turned out quite well although the skin is not as crisp owing to the roaster trapping moisture. We have also roasted large cuts of beef. And we have used it as a large slow cooker. Works real fine. So go ahead and use yours. You can likely get recipes off the Nesco site.

    1. YES! My vintage 18-qt. Roast-Air was shlepped to my friend's apartment for her annual pot luck and it did a terrific job. We followed the instructions in the manual and the bird was beautiful and brown. I didn't eat any because I'm vegetarian but everyone said it was delicious. We roasted it in the dining area which saved a lot of kitchen space, not to mention freeing up the "real" oven for other things. Don't hesitate! Just make sure to do the "burn-off" outdoors or in a garage prior to using it the first time.

      1. I have one- hardly ever use it, but can't get myself to get rid of it. I'd use it to bake casseroles.

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        1. re: monavano

          Hi, monovano:

          I have one of these, I received as a wedding present 21 years ago. The giver obviously took pains to match its color with the LC cobalt pans we were registered for.

          It IS useful. I keep mine at the beach house, where we still have no full-size oven. I use it less now since I got the big Breville Dumb Oven, but I wouldn't throw mine out...


          1. re: kaleokahu

            Good looking roaster! Mine's just plain old white.
            I have such great memories of these things- always filled with meatballs, roast beef, kielbasa and sauerkraut at family gatherings.

            1. re: monavano

              Yeah, my mom had an enormous shiny aluminum Nesco from the 1950s. It easily handled 20-lb turkeys. I think it even had a window in the lid...

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Those still turn up on eBay and they still work. I have an insert kit for my 18-quart that converts it to a buffet server. It's amazing how well made the old ones are.

            2. re: kaleokahu

              Talofa, Tareo!
              That's the color of my 6-quart Roast-Air. I'm looking for one like yours in red (not one of the newer ones).

            1. re: fourunder

              They turn up on eBay, often in great condition and at good prices. I bought a brand-new one for a friend when he married a few years ago; I think I paid $30 with shipping and I was the only bidder.

              1. re: MacGuffin

                The one I used I purchased at a Thrift, but missing the fan attachment...for less than $5.

                I've come to find certain stores donate items to certain causes....My local Goodwill get new clothing from L.L. Bean, Brooks Brothers, Target and Jos. A Bank on regular occasion. for appliances Target and Kohl's. The items are often new, but missing the box, and or directions.

                1. re: fourunder

                  Were you able to get a new fan? They used to sell replacements on the Nesco site.

                  1. re: MacGuffin

                    No need to...My approach to slow roasting is defeated by convection, so I just plug the hole with aluminum foil or I drop in my Pocket instant read thermometer to monitor temperature within....but thanks for the information...

                    For the record, when the Thrift store gets them in, they're priced at 29.99....Monday and Thursday are 255 off....that's a bargain just to have one available for the holidays.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      They're terrific for the holidays. I have all three of the "Airs" and love them--they're really impressive. The little 6-quart is great for baked potatoes and is more accurate than the POS oven that came with my apartment and it undoubtedly uses less electricity. I'm tempted to try a cake in the 18 qt. one of these days (without running the fan, of course). It's a shame that they only come in one size now and are made in China. :((