Buying a slow cooker? If your space is limited, consider a roaster oven instead — it slow cooks, steams, sears and even bakes.
Roasters are similar to slow cookers, but their temperature dials are fully adjustable up to 425 degrees. With the exception of broiling, a roaster can do anything your oven can.
A fan favorite is the Nesco 6-Quart Roaster Oven, shown above. Nesco has been making roaster ovens since 1932, giving them quite a bit of credibility in the market. The 6-quart model is one of the smallest the company makes, but is still large enough to cook a small chicken or other family meal. If you’re cooking for a crew, check out the company’s larger models, which range from 12-quarts to 22-quarts.
A perfect alternative to turning on the oven in the hot summer months, these roasters use less energy and keep the house cooler. They can even be used outdoors or in an RV. For holidays like Thanksgiving, they are useful as second ovens for cooking sides or dessert while the turkey roasts in the traditional oven.
The 6-quart roaster includes a cooking rack and can fit a 7-inch pie plate, a 8.5-inch X 4.5-inch loaf pan or a 1.5-quart casserole dish. It is available with a non-stick or porcelain cookwell.