I’ve been trying out the NuWave Infrared Oven lately. The difficulty with reviewing, is that you then have to set your dinnertime or dinner prep time around a review product. While in some cases it’s easy to do, when it comes to cooking with a new gadget, you may need a little extra time and leeway. That’s the case with the NuWave. I thought I would like it after all I’ve seen the infomercials. It’s easy to use, right, and cooks it perfectly, right. Well, kind of. The first time, I underestimated how long it would take to cook the meat, and over estimated the asparagus. So I ended up with meat that I kept putting on longer and longer, which dehydrated the asparagus. Really, it tasted like dried asparagus – a little on the weird side if you ask me. Pizza turned out well though it took a little longer to bake than I thought it should, plus flipping it over. However, summer pizza might be worth it, because the kitchen won’t heat up.
The next time I cooked lamb chops – and that worked out really well. I still had to work with the timing a little because they were a little more done on one side than the other. My favorite meal though was tonight’s roasted chicken. I put it into the NuWave, 20 minutes on one side, 25 minutes on the other. The grease all drips down from the chicken into the lower pan, but it was still moist and delicious. I followed the Rosemary Garlic Chicken – exactly, and it worked out perfectly. My favorite part? I don’t use a lot of energy like I would using the oven and it doesn’t heat up the house. We have a small home, so while roasted chicken is one of my husband’s favorite’s, my house stays cool. Yes, there is the grill outside, but I don’t always want to spend my cook and prep time outside. The kids and my husband all gave a big thumbs up to tonight’s dinner.
Let me tell you about the NuWave. It’s infrared technology - There’s a heating element in the top, plus a fan to circulate the heat. This is attached to the dome that you can lift off. There is a bottom lift out pan for easy cleaning. The pan could be better made, it’s a little on the flimsy side, but if you cover it with foil, or use the silicon pizza liner in the lift out pan it will last much longer – I think. There’s a grill which can be flipped from a 1 inch side to a 4 inch side, depending on how far away you want the heat. So, you put the food on the grill or in a pan and turn it on. Sometimes you need to flip it, like the roasted chicken. Since the element is only on the top (even though there is a fan) you have to flip meat in order to get it evenly cooked.
The downside - in a small kitchen like mine, it takes up space. My counter space is limited, and I usually only keep things I use often there. So, before you purchase you need to consider where you will store it.
Researching the NuWave was interesting. There are whole clubs and forums for NuWave fans and Youtubes like you wouldn’t believe. Do I like this gadget? Yes, I do. Will I use it again? Yes, I will. Do I recommend it? Yes I do. It’s perfect for a small apartment – though counter space can be an issue. Indoor grilling is something you can do with this, and once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty darn cool. My grade A- (because you need some practice, and space).
I was sent a NuWave for review. My opinion is my own.
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