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Post# 998155   6/23/2018 at 14:30 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I scored this cute little orange Nesco roaster today at one of the many estate/tag sales happening here in town this weekend.  I didn't think $8.00 was out of line for it. Would this be the 6 qt. version?  Now to find a rack and instruction booklet.


The photos were taken just after we got home, so please forgive the schmutz on it.

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Post# 998160 , Reply# 1   6/23/2018 at 15:44 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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That's really very nice. Simple controls and a good size. I'm a small-appliance nut and I love cooking off the stove or out of the oven. Enjoy!

Post# 998162 , Reply# 2   6/23/2018 at 15:51 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Very nice, and for 8 bucks you can't go wrong. Congrats!

Post# 998166 , Reply# 3   6/23/2018 at 16:25 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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That's an interesting Nesco, Tim.  The color says '70s, and I've never seen one with a glass lid, which strikes me as an improvement over aluminum.  Is there a vent of any kind designed into it?


Yours is updated from my '50s Nesco "Full Range" model, and I like that it uses what appears to be a standard percolator cord.  Mine was missing its cord and it was tough to locate one with the correct receptacle, which falls somewhere in between a percolator and large roaster size.


The picture below I found on line and saved.  It shows what the rack looks like.  My Nesco is nearly the same, except the badge/cooking chart is silver-blue and the bottom trim is black plastic or bakelite.


And P.S. --  Joe, when I recently moved, I realized just how much of a small appliance nut I am.  I left behind vintage Waring Blendors and Osterizers, a couple of Farbeware buffet servers, and '60s GE "Jane Jetson" hand mixers in multiple colors, among other small electrics (it was written into the deal that I could leave behind whatever I didn't want to move).  No room at the new place and no takers at the moving sale for all items, but the best stuff I did re-home or did sell.  I learned my lesson not to rescue things that are a good deal at thrift stores just because.  In fact, I haven't set foot in a thrift store for many months.  I learned my lesson.



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Post# 998177 , Reply# 4   6/23/2018 at 19:51 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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The bottom lip of the cover is notched at both ends.  I can only assume that these are meant to be the vents.  I too was pleasantly surprised that the cord is a detachable percolator type rather than hard wired. 


We have a rack similar to the one in your photo, but it looks kind of rough from years of use.  It came with our West Bend slow cooker. 

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Post# 998199 , Reply# 5   6/24/2018 at 00:09 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I hope the machines you had to leave behind found good homes instead of a dumpster.Have had to do the same.forutnately the mowers or new occupant could use the things.

Post# 998201 , Reply# 6   6/24/2018 at 00:46 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Good to see those vents Tim!  Otherwise, your Nesco wouldn't be much different from a crock pot.


Yours is the 6-quart model.  I roasted a chicken in mine once.  It came out decent, but it took longer than in a regular oven, and I prefer rotisserie chicken.  I found a small round rack that fits it OK.


I haven't tried to bake in mine, but have had excellent results from my large GE roaster with banana bread and home made apple pie, both baked outside on the patio when it was too hot to use the oven in the kitchen.

Post# 998212 , Reply# 7   6/24/2018 at 06:29 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I found a nice recipe online to use as a guide for doing a 4-6 lb. chuck roast.  It sounds very tempting.

Post# 998214 , Reply# 8   6/24/2018 at 06:34 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Post# 998290 , Reply# 9   6/24/2018 at 19:30 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Until recently when I re donated it back to the Goodwill I had the white version with a metal lid . It also had the optional Fan Air attachment that fit onto the lid to turn it into a little convection cooker. Didn't use it enough to and needed some space, so out it went.

Post# 998530 , Reply# 10   6/27/2018 at 07:59 by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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I am jealous I have a severe soft spot for those since I was a child and my dad's mom my Grandma had a Westinghouse Roaster with a stand and red knob in her kitchen. She had it there for over 40 years until her death.

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