Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Make Your Life Easier With an Oster Roaster Oven and Instant Pot

 


One of the items I purchased when my disability came through with back payments was this excellent Oster roaster oven. It's a bargain at $79.99. Click the link below to see all the wonderful, time-saving features.


I will never roast meat in my regular oven again. In November of last year, the food bank gave my son and me an 18-pound turkey and our housemate an 18-pound turkey. One of those turkeys was cooked in the regular oven and the other was cooked in the Oster roaster oven.

The first turkey was a huge hassle to deal with. I had to thaw it in the refrigerator for five days beforehand. When I roasted it in the regular oven, it didn't cook evenly and it didn't taste very good. 

The turkey cooked in the Oster roaster oven was perfect! I didn't have the hassle of defrosting it in the fridge thanks to the roaster oven's defrosting feature. The roaster oven comes with a handy guide for defrosting meat.

I used a roasting bag for the turkey but have since discovered that it's easier to just line the roaster and tent the meat with Reynold's wrap. I will provide links below for both roaster bags and Reynold's wrap in case you do prefer to use roaster bags.


https://amzn.to/2RycTX6

The link I'm providing is not for the brand of roaster bags that I used. This looks like a much better product. The bags I used didn't fit over the roaster pan, they required that the turkey be stuffed inside and were a real hassle. I'm going to try these myself.



If you have a Costco membership, this is the most cost-effective way to buy Reynold's Wrap. My son and I bought a food-service package of Reynold's Wrap last year and there's still plenty left. The product pictured above runs $16.99 for two 175-foot rolls, which is a pretty good deal.

I normally buy meat from Friendly Nick's Butcher (http://fnbutcher.com) in Fort Collins because they get their meat from independent Colorado farms dedicated to the humane treatment of their livestock. This results in better-tasting, healthier meat. However, when the food bank gave us a whole rack of Kirkland brand pork, that was an offer I couldn't refuse.

When cooked in the Oster roaster oven, the pork turned out just right. I cut it into eight chops. We had the first two chops for dinner right away and I used the rest in recipes over the week. 



Since I'm only cooking for my son and me, I usually use the slow cooker feature on my Instant Pot. My old slow cooker has been retired. I never felt quite confident about leaving it on the countertop because the outside always got hot. 

The outside of the Instant Pot stays cool, and I feel confident about leaving it to cook even if I'm going out for a while. It automatically switches to the Keep Warm setting if I'm busy when the cooking time ends.

The food cooks more evenly with the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot than it did in my old crockpot. I even bought a second instant pot so I could cook two things at once. 

If you're cooking stew or soup for a big crowd, you might want to use the Oster Roaster Oven rather than the Instant Pot. I'd definitely suggest using the liners made for the roaster oven. Never use a liner in the Instant Pot.

I hope you'll consider giving the Oster Roaster Oven and Instant Pot a try. I think you'll find that they simplify your life and will help keep your kitchen cool in the summer since you'll be able to avoid turning on the stove for prolonged periods to roast meat or make stew or soup.

Happy cooking!


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1 comment:

  1. How wonderful to find a product that does what it promises. Which is sadly rare these days.

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