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Cooking with a Roaster Oven-Why I Chose Rival

Updated on November 3, 2012

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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 favorite Rival product
my favorite Rival product | Source

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

5 stars for Rival Roaster Oven

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

4 parts: lid, outer body, inner pot, and rack.
4 parts: lid, outer body, inner pot, and rack. | Source

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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      5 years ago

      I have had mine for a few yrs now and i cook a 22-23lb turkey every time. But do you know where i can get a new rack for it

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Marsha, yes, reviews are allowed-or at least they were when I wrote this one. It was part of a weekly topic of inspiration or a review contest...can't remember now which it was. Happy review writing. :) Thanks for your comment.

    • Marsha Musselman1 profile image

      Marsha Musselman 

      7 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I wasn't sure whether we could do reviews here. I want to do one on a food item that my family enjoys and maybe some other things as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Sherry-thank you for that info. I never noticed the difference and if your Rival roaster is made that way then so is mine! :) I appreciate your update here.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      8 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I just wanted to say, my rival roaster is Enamel-On-Steel, no teflon.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Sophia-thank you for visiting my hub and reading it so astutely. I am grateful for people like you who point out the health hazards to other people regarding product use such as teflon. Thanks for the information, although we are each responsible with what we will do with that information once it is received. Have a blessed day.

      Hello SandCastles, Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your recognition in the variance of delivering a message. Many blessings.

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      8 years ago

      What a mean way to tell someone about Teflon in my opinion, "Happy cooking and eating?"-that sounds sarcastic and jaded. Why not write: I read that these products contain Teflon and injesting it can be harmful and cause serious health problems". Why the sarcasm? It's low.

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      Sophia Angelique 

      8 years ago

      It also has teflon which causes cancer. Happy cooking and eating, but when you find yourself with serious health problems, don't forget you used pots with teflon.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sherry-what a great idea. I'll have to remember that for the next large gathering. Great idea there for your husband's spaghetti sauce too. Thanks for the votes/share. :)

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      Sherry Hewins 

      8 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I like to cook an extra turkey in it at Thanksgiving, so everyone can have some leftovers to take home.

      My husband likes to prepare large batches of spaghetti sauce in it. He uses our home grown tomatoes and freezes the sauce for us to use all winter long. Voted up and shared.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Moonlake. I hear you...some of the advantages of living close to relatives. Thanks for reading.

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      8 years ago from America

      I can still see my mother-in-law cooking the holiday turkey in her rival. We don't have one but our son lives just down the road he has one and we just borrow. They are great for parties. Voted up and shared.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dianna, Yes, my mother cherished hers...thanks for your input.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I wish I would have been able to give my mother one of these, she would really have enjoyed using it to make family meals. They are so nice to use in making holiday meals also. Great review on this product.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Phyllis. Great testimony about your brother's use of the Rival Roaster. I think I know what I am getting my girls for Christmas, also. LOL Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Denise, I do not have a Rival Roaster Oven, but, my brother does. He is a bachelor and cooks wonderful roasts, hams, turkey and other goodies in his roaster. I have had other Rival products and find them very reliable, inexpensive and lasting.

      Thanks for writing this hub, it reminds me what to tell my daughter I would like for Christmas, and also to get her one from me!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, Nancy...again, I'm amazed at the number of people who have not known about this 'great invention' haha. I'm happy my share has informed others. Thanks for your comments.

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      Nancy McClintock 

      8 years ago from Southeast USA

      I am so excited to read about this. I too have not heard of an electric roasted. It makes so much sense to cook a turkey in it and free up space in the oven. Thanks so much for sharing. Well written hub.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ruby-I'm actually surprised that so many folks have commented that they do not have one. It is a blessing on those hot, humid summer days. Thanks for commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never had a roaster oven, but i think i would like one, esp. in the summer months. Thank you for sharing.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Glimmer-that makes two of us raving for the roaster oven. My turkey has always come out very moist as well. Thanks for the comments.

      Tamron--that is so odd to me. I would use my roaster for a large gathering re: chili or stew...but, haven't had that opportunity. However, the sole purpose of my buying the roaster was too small of an oven for the turkey. Interesting that you have never used it for your turkey. I hope you give it a whirl sometime. I bet if you do you will always use for holiday cooking. :) Thanks for your comments.

      Hi Nancy-yes, it is easy to make a large batch of soup or stew in the roaster. Thanks for sharing.

      Hi Danette-hey, I didn't realize you don't have a roaster...I thought all the Handlon's owned one, haha. Now I wonder if the girls have one? It's a great help, that's for sure. I see the error: I said 'dishwater' but ran the two words together and I'm sure it was confused with the word: 'dishwasher'. Thanks...I'll fix it.

      Hi Bill, thanks for your comments...maybe Santa will bring your household one this year. :)

      Frank-Okay, this time I LOL at your actually had me going for a moment and I was wondering if there was something wrong with the survey, haha. I'll make sure I hint to Santa to bring one to both you AND Bill this year. :) Thanks for reading.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      I clicked yes I have a Rival rooster oven in your survey and I got a pop up calling me a liar..:( true I don't own one but I'd like to

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think I have ever owned a roaster oven; great review, Denise! At the very least you have me thinking about one. :)

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      Danette Watt 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Well, I never thought to use a roaster for anything but roasting a turkey, as my mother did. Frankly I didn't know you could cook chili, etc. in it. Wouldn't it make better sense then to just have a roaster instead of a roaster and a crock pot? (Have the crock pot, don't have a roaster).

      Dee, you made some good points that I hadn't thought of before now (i.e., using it so it doesn't heat the kitchen in the summer and saving space in the oven for other stuff). Maybe I'll think about getting one.

      One question though - I"m kind of confused. You said an advantage is to put the inner rack and liner in the dishwasher but then you said:

      "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"

      Maybe you weren't talking inner liner and rack here? Please clarify . Thanks!

      Otherwise, great review, you mention lots of advantages and how it helps you.

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      Nancy Yager 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      My husband like to use the roaster oven more than I do. He uses it to make Turkeys, casseroles and soups that we then freeze.

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      8 years ago

      I love mine too! I use it to make stews,chilly or even beans but I never thought of roasting a turkey in my roaster.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      I absolutely love my roaster. It makes the best turkey ever...Faster cook time and incredibly moist. Great review!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh my goodness...I thought everyone knew of this product...but, I guess that assumption is because I grew up with one. I certainly hope you enjoy yours as much as I do will make you wonder why you never used one before, LOL Thanks for reading.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to look for one. I've never heard of them before, only toaster ovens!


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