New Generation Of Microwave From Cuisinart
Cuisinart calls it a “New generation of microwave” and they are not exaggerating. We compared several brands of convection microwave ovens and though all the ovens we checked out are a completely different animal from the $59.00 to $129.00 basic microwaves found at Wal-Mart or other department stores, not one of them compared to Cuisinart’s, in our opinion. Of course, if you are a regular reader (and if you aren’t, I hope you become one!), you know that we only test the higher quality products to begin with and that Cuisinart has tested well in several of our Comfort Food Kitchen cooking product tests. .
However, that fact doesn’t keep us from putting their products through the ringer, to make sure you are getting the best products out there.In fact, our sister column, National Healthy Comfort Food’s test kitchen, is mainly equipped with Cuisinart products. If they made major appliances, we would be trying those out as well!
As soon as we got the convection microwave oven/grill in it’s new place on one of our work counters, we put it right to work. First, we wanted to test the convection aspect of this triple threat machine. We just happened to be testing basic muffins that day, so into the muffin pans went the batter and into the oven went the muffin pans. We set the oven for the appropriate time minus about 5 minutes, because convection ovens do cook faster, and we went about our business. The oven took over, with heat and air circulating all around the muffins as they spun around on the carousel provided with the microwave. But we wondered if the muffins would come out with crispy tops and soft, lush middles.
Soon, the aroma of sweet, vanilla scented muffins filled the air and the muffins were golden brown. But would they taste good? I needed someone with highly developed taste buds, someone who would be brutally honest and knew a good muffin, or a poorly baked one. I called in my Granddaughter, who volunteered graciously and took the job at hand with the required seriousness.
“Nana, these muffins are soooo good, I could eat ’em all! Can we bake more so I can take ’em to my class?”
I had her answer, it was time for the real cooks to give them a taste. We found the muffins to be delicately crisp on the outside, puffed and golden. The inside was moist and tender, not dried out or condensed like a microwave will often render baked goods. The convection setting had passed our test.
Next we tried heating typical microwavable items on the microwave setting. Bags of microwave popcorn, TV dinners and hot chocolate all microwaved according to directions. The temperature seemed to be right on target.
Next we tried the grill with a recipe included with the microwave; “Grilled Sausage and Peppers”, following the instructions given for using the grill settings that are already programmed into the microwave for you. I have to say that this recipe turned out scintillating to the senses and delectable to the taste buds.We were really surprised. We were more shocked at the success of the grill settings than that of the convection oven.
We really like the oven; looks, functions and smarts, it has it all. The cons are few, the button that opens the oven was difficult to push, but only for a couple of days, because it was used so frequently. The baking pans used for the convection setting must be cake pan or muffin pan size because they have to fit on the grill rack and have room to rotate. It may be a con but it is also a good thing, because the rotation is what allows the convection oven to cook evenly and quickly.
Now let’s talk about some of the technical points of the oven:
From Cuisinart, “Cuisinart presents a countertop oven that’s the ultimate combination of size, style and smarts. The big, 1.2 cubic foot Microwave Convection Oven and Grill looks like it belongs in a high-end commercial kitchen. Brushed stainless steel and black frame a sleek control panel that offers single and combination settings for an unlimited number of cooking options. A multi-stage cooking feature that automatically shifts from one function to another makes perfect results easier than ever. This is a new generation of microwave – and it’s from Cuisinart, of course!”
- Product Features
Brushed stainless with embossed Cuisinart logo and dark tinted glass window
Stainless steel interior absorbs no odors and is easy to sanitize
Rotating 12? glass tray
Reversible grill rack
Touchpad controls with LCD
Two convenient defrost functions to defrost food by weight or time
Convection bake or roast with and without microwave function
Nine preset options
Multi-stage cooking operation allows microwave to be set so one operation automatically switches to another.
Instruction and recipe book included
Limited 3-year warranty
We are giving the Cuisinart Convection Microwave Oven and Grill Five Stars because it does everything it promises. The cons aren’t big enough to warrant taking a star away.
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