As regular readers know, I am not big on gadgets and gimmicks–especially in the kitchen. Most of the proffered gadgetry is, frankly, junk.
That is why I do not own or use gimmicky stuff such as a Bob-O-Matic Kitchen Genie! It slices! It Dices! It makes julienne fries! (whatever the hell those are). Give me a good chef’s knife, a parer or two, boning knife, cooktop and range, and I am a happy cooker.
Therefore, when the makers of the “As seen on TV!” NuWave Infrared Oven wanted me to test their product, I was skeptical; in fact, I tried to talk them out of it. But the lady was insistent that I would like the product, and it was a perfect fit for the hunting lease (yeah, right, where have I heard that before), so I relented and told her to go ahead and send it. I figured if nothing else, I could use it as birthday gift to someone I didn’t like.
From the day the unit arrived, I have had little chance to even touch it–because my wife cabbaged it immediately and will not let me near it.
The damned thing actually works as advertised.
The sales pitch claims the NuWave Oven “cooks up to 50 percent faster at up to 70 percent energy savings compared to conventional ovens.” Although I have not connected an ammeter to the power cable and measured power consumption, I can vouch for “cooks up to 50 percent faster.” It thoroughly cooks a wild pork meatloaf in about 45 minutes, versus about 1-1/2 hours in a conventional oven at 350.
My wife has used the NuWave to make everything from toast to delicious pies, and it performed flawlessly on all of them, in record time.
You do not exactly “turn on” a NuWave oven–you program it; but do not let that put you off. The simple push-button control panel is straightforward and intuitive. If in doubt, the supplied instructions are clear and easy to follow. Because it uses a combination of infrared, conduction, and convection heat, you can program it to cook anything I can think of, including cakes, roasts, whole chickens, biscuits, and even bacon.
As for the hunting lease: If you have electricity anywhere, this thing is perfect. The compact size makes it ideal when space is at a premium or when transporting. Better still, you do not need very many cooking vessels (a few basic pans for cakes, pies, meatloaf, cornbread, and the like will suffice).
Because the NuWave simply does what an oven is supposed to do (just more efficiently and in a lot less space), it does not qualify as a “gadget” and therefore I can recommend it without compunction.
I just wish my wife would let me use it. –Don Zaidle