A Nesco oven roaster cooks the same foods as a conventional oven, but it does this in an appliance that sits on your counter top. Unlike larger ovens, a roaster oven does not make your kitchen feel hot when you use it. Cooking in an oven roaster follows many of the same procedures as using a traditional oven. Use some of the recipes in the Resource section or prepare your own in your Nesco oven roaster by following the conventional oven instructions.
Consult your recipe for the oven temperature to use for cooking and if you need to preheat the oven.
Preheat your Nesco oven roaster for at least 20 minutes before cooking, if required by the recipe. Plug the unit in and set the temperature to that stated in the recipe.
Insert the baking rack included with the roaster into the cookwell if baking with a baking or casserole dish or pie plate.
Cut pieces in your recipe so that all of the food has a uniform size.
Add food directly into the cookwell or use a baking dish set atop the rack.
Cover the roaster with the lid and cook for the time required in the recipe.
Steam in the Nesco oven roaster by placing the food atop the baking rack and adding 1 to 2 cups of water into the bottom of the cookwell. Steam at 400 degrees for the time prescribed on the steam chart (see Reference, pages 7 to 8).
Convert your traditional oven recipes to a slow-cooking method by cooking in your Nesco oven roaster at 200 degrees for 1-1/2 hours for every 30 minutes of conventional oven cooking time. For instance, a soup required to cook for 60 minutes would slow cook in the Nesco at 200 degrees for three hours.
Unplug the Nesco oven roaster when done and hand wash the cookwell and rack after cooling.