There is a lot of confusion about the differences between roasting and baking. You will find that these two methods of cooking are similar, yet distinct. If you are trying to find the best way to cook using an oven, the choice between roasting and baking is not one which you make, but one which is determined by a few factors.
The primary deciding factor between whether you roast food or you bake food is in the ingredients which you are cooking up. When you are roasting, you will find that your ingredients can typically already be found in a solid form. This means that you will be able to roast your food without a container to hold it together.
This is why we consider roasting to be exclusive to ingredients like meats and vegetables. You will find that these two types of food already have substance before they are cooked. The roasting process does not significantly alter the physical characteristics of the food which is cooked, unlike in baking.
When you bake food, you will find that it undergoes a transformation which goes beyond being cooked. For example, foods like muffins and cakes are baked because they start off in a batter or dough form, which does not have much substance, but then transform into a solid food.
Another difference between roasting and baking is that roasted foods can often have a layer of fat lathered over them while they are cooking. For example, when you baste a chicken with the juices, this is something which is a characteristic of roasting, as the chicken juices are essentially rendered-down fats.
As you can see, there is not much of a tangible difference between roasting and baking. Both of these cooking methods make use of dry, heated air to ensure that the food cooks evenly and correctly. It all just depends on the food that you are cooking.
The range of temperatures which your roaster oven is capable of producing is one of the most important aspects to keep an eye out for. Since it will essentially dictate the number of different foods that you will be able to cook within your roaster oven, you will find that it is key to a more versatile product.
Most roaster ovens will feature a minimum temperature of around 200 degrees F, and a max temperature of 450 degrees F. This relatively standard range will allow you to cook most foods that you can make it a standard convection oven but it will not allow you to cook more specialized dishes.
Some roaster oven models that you will come across will allow you to cook at higher temperatures than 450 degrees, but you will find that they are much more expensive. They will be available for a higher price because they must be designed to higher tolerances so they can handle the elevated temperatures.
Some models will also feature a temperature setting below their minimum capable temperature. This is known as a keep warm setting, which (as you may have guessed from the terminology) exists to keep your food warm after it has finished cooking.
This roaster oven is made by Nesco. Nesco is a company which specializes in the making of roaster ovens, so you can rest assured that this is a quality model. Thanks to this product’s excellent combination of features, it is one of the best roaster ovens that you will come across.
The main feature which impressed us was the inclusion of the Circle of Heat element which wraps around the cooking chamber. This is opposed to the standard design for roaster oven heating elements, in which the element is meant to be positioned underneath the cooking area.
This model is also remarkably easy to clean out, since most of the components, including the cooking rack and the cookwell, can be removed with ease. If you are looking for a model which is user-friendly enough to be cleaned out without too much trouble, this model is the ideal choice.
Aside from the more even heating which helps diminish burning, you will find that this product has a relatively standard temperature range which goes from 200 to 450 degrees F. This model also features indicators on the dial for slow cooking, cooking, roasting, baking, and boiling.
Other customers had mostly positive reviews about this product, as is evidenced by the average rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon. Most of the praise was directed towards the unique Circle of Heat element, which ensures that this product will have little to no difficulty ensuring that your food is properly cooked.
When it comes to complaints, there were not too many, but there were still a few. Some customers had issues with the relatively thin steel that was used to make this product, which reduces the longevity of this roaster oven. There were also complaints about the relatively long break-in period to burn off any excess fumes.
This is one of the more expensive roaster ovens that you will come across which is made in this style. If you are hoping to save money, you may wish to opt for a different product, but this is made to good enough specifications that the price is relatively worthwhile. You can find this model for about 60 dollars.
If you want a quality roaster oven and you are willing to pay a little bit extra, you will be hard-pressed to find a better option than this product from Nesco. We hope that our review has helped you make a decision.