Cooking with a Roaster Oven-Why I Chose Rival
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History of the Rival Manufacturing Company
Rival products have been keeping homemakers happy for over 75 years. Incorporated in 1932 as a manufacturing factory of small kitchen electric gadgets, Rival only stopped production during one three year time period. That was during WWII when they assisted the military service by manufacturing ammunition and other wartime necessities for the army and navy.
Rival began its history when Henry J. Talge, a Russian immigrant, came to the United States and settled in Kansas City after a career as a traveling salesman. He grew the company from a mere eight employees to over 700 just two decades later. Today, although Talge and his heirs are no longer the owners, the Rival Company boasts an employee rate of over 3,000.
Right from the start Talge’s aim was to make the preparation and cooking of meals easier, quicker, and more efficient to allow for more time away from the kitchen. Although the Rival electric can opener with a detachable blade was one of the most purchased products, it did not compare to the popularity and buying surge that the crockpot created.
The introduction of the crockpot in the 1970’s changed the course of kitchen work. Freedom to attend to other activities, including the work force, was enabled by this one product. Many women who had not been able to join the work force due to the need to be at home to set dinner on the table were now enjoying the opportunity to do so without guilt.
Rival Roaster Oven
My Rival Roaster Oven
One of the Rival products I own, which I also recall my mother having as I grew up, is the individual electric roaster oven. Memories of Thanksgiving turkey cooking away in the roaster come to my mind each time I use mine. In fact, just pulling out the card table to set the roaster on reminds me of those days of the older women hovering over the roaster set on the card table in our cramped kitchen in Michigan.
I love my roaster. I bought this product from Wal-Mart about four years ago after my nephew came to live with me so we could enjoy our first holidays together. There is something special about pulling the roaster down from the attic and preparing to use it. A feeling of warmth and festivity fills the kitchen before I even turn the heat up!
For overall ease of cooking and cleanup
Advantages of using a Roaster Oven
Let me tell you the reasons I like to use a roaster when I cook a turkey:
1. It does not take up all of the room in my oven, enabling me to get other casseroles or baked goods in there.
2. It is easier to baste, move around, and check on, etc. without having to pull the whole turkey out of the oven.
3. It is so easy to clean, just pop out the inner pan and rack, drop it in the dishwater, wipe the outer body down and you are good to go.
4. It's energy saving-uses less electrical energy if you have an electric oven.
5. Doesn't heat the whole kitchen if you want to cook on a hot summer's day.
A turkey isn’t the only reason to use the roaster. It is good for any baking, cooking or roasting. Meats, such as poultry or ham, pork or beef roasts, stews or even soups can be prepared and cooking in the roaster as you take care of other parts of dinner.
The Rival 17-Quart Roaster Oven
Description of the Rival Roaster Oven
My Rival Roaster is a 17-quart size that has both the inner pot and a rack to set the meat on. Some roasters are buffet style and have a divided inner tray, but that was not what I wanted when I was in the market to buy one. All parts, except for the outer body with the electrical cord, are easy to clean but are not dishwasher safe; you must hand wash them.
Once it is heated, the knob on the lid, and handles on the outer body, remain cool to the touch, unlike some products which have handles that absorb the temperature. And, the temperature knob on the front is clearly marked with numbers and dots which designate the temperature from 150 degrees to 450.
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How much does a Rival Roaster Oven cost?
The Rival roaster I have was purchased in November near the Thanksgiving holiday. It was on sale for only about $25, but I’ve seen it online for between $41 and $49. In my opinion it is well worth every cent.
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