Here at NESCO, we not only manufacture quality products, we also use them in our own homes.
To help you benefit from some of the things we’ve learned over the years, our staff has compiled some helpful hints in two areas, cooking and product care. We hope that these tips help you grow to love your products as much as we love ours.
- In addition to roasting and baking, you can always use the NESCO® Roaster Oven as a slow cooker by simply setting the temperature control in the 200°F range and stirring often.
- For additional browning of meat or poultry, mix 1/4 cup melted margarine with 1 tsp. browning sauce and brush on before roasting. Occasionally, older cuts of meats dry out as they roast. Water, broth, or carbonated soda (ginger ale) may be added. Check meat during roasting. Your NESCO may be used as a portable oven by placing casserole dishes, glass, stainless steel or aluminum baking pans on the rack in the preheated cookwell.
- Do not use cooking bags in roasters.
- Despite a long standing rumor, there is absolutely no need to put water in between pans when cooking in a NESCO. The patented NESCO Circle of Heat® provides consistent, even cooking throughout. Water will actually slow down the cooking process, and make it more difficult to clean up.
- Deep frying in your NESCO is not a recommended use. The heat on your NESCO comes from the sides of the unit, our patented “Circle of Heat®”. There is no heat from the bottom, so the oil will never get hot enough to deep fry.
- To prevent buildup on cookwells, do not spray with non-stick sprays. When making a casserole, soups, chili, etc. in the roasters, wipe the cookwell with a light coat of liquid vegetable oil to prevent sticking to the sides. Also, since the heat comes from the sides of the roaster, rather than the bottom, be sure to stir the contents occasionally.
- Be sure to “cure” your roaster before using it for the first time. The only part you that should be cured is the body of the roaster, also called the “heatwell”. Take off the lid and remove the cookwell and all packaging materials. Place in a well-ventilated area, plug in, and heat on it’s highest setting for 30-60 minutes. You may notice a slight smoke or odor, this is normal. It’s the insulation around the heating element heating up for the first time. You shouldn’t smell anything like this after the first time.