Mary Rakunas is the life of the party and the glue that holds her family together. She’s always in charge of hosting her family’s holidays, a responsibility she took over from her mother, “Grandma Bee”.  Also taken over from Grandma Bee is the family Nesco Roaster Oven. The origins of the Roaster are a mystery—all Mary knows is that it was probably purchased sometime shortly after Grandma Bee’s wedding in 1934. For nearly 85 years, that Roaster Oven has been brought out every time there was a holiday, barbecue, baby shower, graduation or any and all special gatherings. It became a symbol of bringing the Rakunases together. Eventually as Grandma Bee got older, Mary took over her duties of cooking and hosting the family gatherings, and the Nesco Roaster. She continues to roast potatoes, briskets, turkeys, and other family favorites that will bring the family together for that show-stopping meal. The future is set for the Roaster. It will continue being passed down the line, generation to generation.


            Nesco’s line of cookware may have grown since that Roaster was made in 1934, but our commitment to bringing people together around a quality meal hasn’t changed. There is nothing that makes us happier than knowing that we help make your Thanksgiving turkey tasty or your Easter ham heavenly. Schedules today are busier than ever, making it harder and more rare to get everyone together. Let us help you by making it easier than ever to enjoy quality time and focus on your family. With our expansive selection of products, including Pressure Cookers, Slow Cookers, Dehydrators and so much more, bring us to your next gathering and see everyone come together like Mary’s family has been for 85 years.
Grandma Bee and her new husband, before
she was “Grandma Bee”
Grandma Bee celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2010