When you’re cooking homemade meals in a roasting oven, it can be challenging to make sure food is evenly cooked.
One method many people use special oven bags to help, which allow air to circulate around your food as it cooks…. But can you use these bags in a Nesco?
No, you can not! In fact in Nesco’s cooking helping tips for the Roaster Oven they simply say: Do not use cooking bags in roasters.
In fact, you should not use cooking bags in any roaster oven no matter the brand…
Why Can’t I Use Cooking Bags In A Nesco?
Cooking bags work well for cooking, but they can cause a fire if heated in the Nesco roaster oven.
The Nesco roaster oven is a convection oven, which uses a fan to circulate warm air throughout the oven…. The cooking bag traps the heat inside and can ignite.
Cooking bags are not permitted in roaster ovens due to the high infrared heat generated by these appliances.
The high heat can melt the seams of the bag, particularly if food is piled up on top of the bag…. A melted seam may cause a leak and if the leak produces smoke or fire, potential product damage.
What Can I Use Instead Of A Roasting Bag?
The Roasting Bag’s main purpose is to retain moisture…. You don’t need a bag or any other alternative when cooking with your Nesco.
Roasting Ovens are designed to retain moisture so using a bag (despite the fact it is dangerous) serves no purpose.
A bag doesn’t help you with the cooking and a Nesco is so easy to clean a bag won’t help in that area either.
So when cooking in the Nesco use nothing instead of a bag and save yourself some money.
But, Doesn’t Meat Cook Faster In An Oven Bag?
Yes, it’s true, for conventional ovens…. The secret is simple…. Oven bags insulate all the heat around the food and lock in moisture…. Absorbing and trapping the thermal energy while cooking the meat for you.
In fact, a 20-minute roast can be ready to eat in 15 minutes by using an oven bag, because of how fast they cook.
But remember your Roaster Oven is already designed to trap the moisture and you get these benefits without a bag. Just to repeat, you do not need a bag and it is dangerous to use one in your Nesco.
The Nesco roaster oven was designed with busy people in mind…. With a time-saving cooking method and an interactive display, the Nesco Roaster Oven offers a fast and easy way for you to cook.
What Is A Cooking Bag?
A Cooking Bag is a square bag that sits on the top rack of your oven…. It falls into the category of sous vide or ‘under vacuum cooking’…. A vacuum sealer is used to make the bags and the liquid.
The bags are then placed in a pot and cooked at a low temperature for 6-8 hours…. Slow, consistent heat breaks down connective tissues in meat, resulting in very tender, juicy meat with enhanced flavor.
Cooking bags are a type of cooking accessory that can be used for many different types of meals…. Cooking bags are made of a moisture-resistant material that allows the food to cook evenly and thoroughly.
The product comes in different sizes and shapes depending on the type of food to be prepared.
Cooking bags are a great alternative to traditional metal pans because they are reusable and made of a material that is not prone to rust.
So cooking bags most definitely have their place – just NOT in a Nesco Roaster.
In summary, when roasting a turkey or chicken, never cook in a conventional oven bag…. The roaster will retain moisture without the protection of a bag.
The Nesco roaster is a great addition to any kitchen…. It is perfect for roasting a turkey or ham for a large number of people…. It can also be used to cook a wide variety of dishes such as beef, fish, chicken, and many more.
You will be able to cook a large variety of food without having to worry about it drying out.
So don’t use cooking bags in your Nesco!
You may also be interested in… Can You Cook A Turkey In A Nesco Roaster?