I was lucky that a family friend purchased this roaster oven for my husband and I for a wedding gift- an item that we had not registered for, nor anticipated needing in the forseeable future, but none-the-less has come in handy several times within the 5 years of owning it. I have primarily used my roaster oven to lend to my mom and friends for big parties- filling it with creamed turkey for sandwiches, etc. One of the best uses that I have found for my roaster is for making my own bagels!! I fill the roaster pan with boiling water, and have it preheated to a high setting. I then place my risen bagel dough onto the metal racks provided, place the lid on and steam my bagels for a few minutes- fantastic! My only snafoo with this roaster oven was when I had ATTEMPTED to cook my very first turkey (luckily it wasn't for a big gathering. ugh). I mistakenly followed the lower temperature suggestion for baking that was printed on the turkey bag instead of using the temperature for cooking a turkey that was suggested by the roaster oven itself. Hours later when I thought my turkey would be well done, I was astounded to find a flabby uncooked turkey in my roaster (plus I had it in a bag and upside-down, so couldn't see my turkey to assess, and the little "popper" was hidden). Learned my lesson the hard way. So, I guess that incident was not the fault of my roaster oven per se.