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Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jan 23, 2020

I cook 140 lbs of beans every year at church for a ham & bean dinner. I soak them overnight in 4 large rubbermaid containers (about 35 lbs in each covered all the way to the top with cold water). In the morning I drain the water, rinse beans and divide between about 14 cookers (several of them are the 22 qt roasters). You can put beans in to about 1 1/2 to 2" of the top rim. Put a ham bone in (I pre-cook about 12 10 lb bone-in hams two to a roaster sitting in about 1" water several days before, chop the meat, save the juice and the bones) and a cupped palm full of salt (3/4 to 1 T ?) and cover with water. Cook on about 350 degrees. When they start going dry add the leftover ham drippings that were saved (I usually have it heating in a crockpot nearby so that it doesn't slow the cooking of the beans down).

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Sep 19, 2019

yes you need water to make it steam heat so your dishes do not burn

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jan 12, 2019

NO water between the pot and base , you will short it out .

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jan 12, 2019

It doesn't hurt to put a couple of cups of water in the bottom of the roaster, but turn the turkey face down for the first few hours, then turn it right side up for the last hour. All of the juices that would drain to the back stay in the breast making it much more moist. I use a stainless steel dutch oven in the regular oven then uncover and flip in the last hour, and turn on the broiler in the last 10 minutes to crisp the skin. Let it sit for an hour and then carve. Set aside at least 5 hours for a 12-14 pound turkey to preheat, prep, cook, cool, and carve. Add another hour for a turkey in the 18-22 pound range. I usually hand rub the turkey with extra virgin olive oil and dust with black pepper, ground sage, thyme, and some onion and garlic powder. Cram an orange and lemon/lime into the cavity to add some interesting flavor to the bird if you are not stuffing.

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Dec 26, 2018

1. How long does it take to cook small corn on the cob and do you add water?

20 minutes once the water starts to simmer. you only need to half cover the corn.

2. What temp do I heat up already cooked briskets, how do I keep it moist, and how long?

Add a half inch of water, 300'F for 30 minutes

3. How long do I need to cook pinto beans and at what temp?

1 hour at 275'F

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Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jan 03, 2018

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Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jan 12, 2015


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Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Nov 26, 2014

No, not a good idea. Use the unit strictly as a roaster and not as a steamer.

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 22, 2014

CAUTION: NEVER add water directly inside the ROASTER OVEN BODY. From the owner's manual.

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 22, 2014

download manual here: http://www.rivalproducts.com/search?q=rival%20manual%20roaster

see page 4 note : Never place food or liquid directly into the ROASTER OVEN BODY

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 03, 2014

Download manual here: http://www.rivalproducts.com/search?q=rival%20manual%20roaster
Page 4:
NOTE: Never place food or liquid directly into the ROASTER OVEN BODY

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 03, 2014

Soak beans overnight in cold water, drain and rinse, place in roaster (adding a ham bone is a good seasoner), add salt (about 3/4 Tablespoon), cover with water, turn roaster on to 350 degrees, add hot liquid or ham juice when beans are going dry and stir. Don't check too often, because it will release heat and slow cooking time down. Takes 5 hours to fully cook. (Note: bean pkg has quick soak method which works in place of the overnigt soak)

Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 03, 2014

Yes, you need to add a couple of cups of water first... more depending on what you are cooking...if the meat you are cooking will make its own juice then you need not add any more...also if you are cooking at a higher temp then like 350 then you may need more water as it will boil off...


Rival 18 Qt... | Answered on Jun 03, 2014

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