Healthy eating doesn't mean you must have a salad for every meal. Conversely, high fat is not a requirement for deliciousness. Rotisserie cooking creates tender, juicy meat and flavorful vegetables that have been slow cooked to perfection... without the potentially dangerous consequences of grilling or the extra fat and calories from frying.
Most people are aware of the cholesterol-raising and artery-clogging side effects of deep-frying. However, grilling is generally seen as a healthy way to cook. While this method of food preparation is certainly lower fat than frying, recent studies showed that particles called benz pyrenes found in charred food might lead to cancer. In other words, if you like your steak or hotdogs charbroiled black, beware. Carcinogens could very well be hidden in those crusty black bits.
Using lighter fluid and some charcoal additives to help start the fire could be a health hazard in grilling as well. Overuse could make these unhealthy chemicals end up in the meal. Grease dripping down into grills can also cause dangerous flare-ups that burn food (or even the cook).
None of these problems plague rotisserie cooked food. When meat is cooked on a rotisserie, it is basted in its own fat and drippings while the excess is collected in a pan on the bottom of the rotisserie unit. The result is delectable, moist meat with less fat than other cooking methods. (If the fat is less of a concern, a wonderful sauce or gravy can also be made from the pan drippings.)
Beef, pork and lamb roasts, as well as chicken, turkeys and Cornish hens, are easy to prepare on the rotisserie. However, innovations in kitchen tools can allow you to cook nearly anything using this excellent method. For instance, fish, whether store bought or freshly caught, can be placed inside rotisserie baskets as another option.
Fruits and vegetables can also easily be skewered on a rotisserie. You can choose to cook them alone or alongside meats as a part of delectable kabobs. Peppers and onions are only the beginning of the many healthful, scrumptious vegetables that can be prepared with a rotisserie oven. Even vegetables that don't skewer well, such as Brussels sprouts, can be placed in rotisserie baskets for easy cooking.
Conventional rotisserie ovens are designed to cook turkeys and other large roasts. By necessity, they take up quite a bit of space. However, this is not the only option. Counter-top rotisseries enable single people and small families to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful cooking method, while taking up very little space in your kitchen. These smaller models are more energy efficient, and more affordable, than conventional size rotisseries, but it is important to recognize that most of them can't accommodate the larger roasts that their bigger cousins handle.
If healthy cooking methods don't appeal to you or your loved ones because they seem flavorless or boring, you might want to look into getting a rotisserie. Whether you are preparing a meal for twenty people or just one, rotisserie cooking can help you cook delicious, healthy foods easily.