Just last week, I was sent a new kitchen tool to review from NuWave Oven. This is a cooking appliance that sites on your counter much like a crock-pot, and is suppose to save you time and energy. My NuWave came in a pizza pack that included the pizza cutter, round pizza pan, and a bamboo cutting board.
Oven Complete Cookbook, I decided to pull out one of my Organic Chicken Breast for Dinner. I made a rosemary rub for the breast, then added some roasting vegetables. At first I thought this appliance was going to be hard to use, with all the buttons on top. After taking a few moments to read the instructions, I found it to be very easy to use and got started. This chicken was completely thawed, even though the manual said I could use frozen foods. The recipe called for the breast side down and to heat for 30 minutes on one side, then flip, and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Usually this chicken would have to be roasted in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours. The NuWave oven reduced that time by half.
I noticed that the oven made very little sound, which was the fan circulating the heat. I kept checking the outside and the counter to see how hot the sides and counter got. With four little kids, I was worried about hands touching hot surfaces, but the outsides never got hot. With my Crock-pot I worry about the surface cracking my counter top, because of the heat. With the NuWave, the counter top never got hot, as well.
While my chicken was cooking I made a side salad and then went to play with the kids. We had a delicious, juicy, roasted chicken with great tasting vegetables. After dinner I stripped the chicken of all remaining meat, scooped out the dripping from the pan, and added the vegetables to a container. The next night we had Chicken Farro Stew and it tasted amazing. I added 1.5 cups of Farro with the chicken, vegetables, drippings, and 4 cups of water. Two easy healthy meals for two nights in a row.
You might be wondering about the clean up? The appliance is dishwasher safe and you can read more about that here. I did hand wash mine, only because it is a preference.
How it works? Three parts working together: conduction, convection, and infrared. Conduction is direct heat like the oven you use at home. Convection is the fan used to circulate the heat. The infrared is used to heat the inside and outside at the same time. This is how the oven is able to cook foods with less energy. It is estimated to save you up to 80% of your energy used in cooking. One thing I loved right away was that my kitchen was not heating up the house. This will be a big benefit during the summer months.
One area I am trying to learn more about is the infrared, I just don't know as much about this type of cooking. I stopped using my microwave because of the studies that showed the extremely high heat distorted the molecules of the food and killed vitamin sensitive nutrients. While this appliance does boast about its quick cooking, it is not the same as a microwave. The special design of cooking combination make me think about a grill, oven, and heating fan all in one. I enjoy using the oven and will be making more meals soon. I will continue to understand more about the infrared. In the mean time I will not use the B12 sensitive foods and dairies, there are some foods that are just better to eat raw than cooked. Also, I can lower the heat settings. It will take a little longer, still be less time than the oven, and not damage the vitamins as like a microwave. My personal thought is that while initially this sounded like a microwave, it is not. I enjoy foods on the grill, but dislike the charring that happens. When foods are charred or burn, they can become a carcinogenic. Carcinogenics have been linked to increase the likelihood of cancer. To me this is a healthier way of cooking meals, less cooking time, and using less energy.
This week I will be making turkey balls, Salmon Filets, and some Vegetarian meals.
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Disclaimer: I was sent the NuWave as a member of the Pitch List. I was not paid for the this post, and only give my personal thoughts and opinions. I like to bring my readers companies promoting Health and Green Living. I wish you take this information and make your own decisions based on your families needs.