UPDATE: It is with great sadness that I can no longer endorse the company producing and marketing the NuWave or the NuWave PIC. I LOVE, seriously LOVE the products, but the manner in which they charge for shipping is, in my opinion, not ethical. The product is worth far more than the price being charged for it; and it would seem more honest to me to simply charge what the product is actually worth, rather than saying it is only x dollars and then charging inflated prices for the shipping and handling. Should those practices ever change, Busy-at-Home would be glad, once again, to endorse not only a great product, but the company who produces it. Thank you for understanding.
Every once in awhile, something happens that reveals a secret prejudice of mine – one I don’t even realize I have until it just !POPS! out. Upon deeper reflection, I have discovered myself to be an infomercial bigot. I know, it’s hard to believe, but I actually harbor the sentiment that the majority of televised infomercials are fronts for some sort of scam. I suppose there are support groups or therapies that can help me with this “wrong thinking”, but in the meantime, I feel so much better just admitting it to you. Thanks for listening! -lol- All joking aside, I do have a slight aversion to most infomercials.
So, when David called me into the living room, saying, “You’ve got to see this!”, I did that barely detectable eye-roll thing and humored him by standing there for a minute or two. In my defense, there have been a couple of other “infomercial must-haves” that I relented on and will remain eternally embarrassed about. Really? A carpet cleaning machine strong enough to suck up a bowling ball? How did I get talked into that one? lol The difference with this particular infomercial was that David wasn’t giving up on it. Every couple of months, I would be summoned, once again, to observe the televised demonstration. I was actually pretty amused that he was so intensely interested in this product – a countertop oven that cooks with something called Triple Combo Cooking Power – a NuWave oven. Once I accepted that he was not going to forget about this marvel of cooking technology, I decided to do a little online research.
Triple Combo Cooking Power combines conduction heating (like your oven at home), convection heating (utilizes a fan to circulate heated air evenly around the food being cooked) and infrared heating (heat from the source directly to the food, cooking it from the inside and outside at the same time). I read that with the NuWave oven, all three are used in a perfect balance to achieve delicious, healthy meals in a fraction of the usual time. That all sounded great, but I really didn’t understand infrared heat. I wanted to know more.
I learned that in infrared cooking, the heat is transferred directly to the food from the heat source, rather than heating air and the vessel the food is in and then waiting for the heat from those to transfer heat to the food. Unlike convection and conduction methods of cooking, infrared cooking doesn’t usually heat up the air where it’s being used or require a conductor, like pots and pans, oil, water, etc. to effect a transfer of heat. The energy that directly strikes the food molecules causes a rise in temperature of the food and cooks it. This allows for faster and more even cooking, plus, there is much less risk of drying out your food. Juicy, tender and flavorful are the norm with infrared cooking. Resolving another of my concerns, I discovered that it’s also completely safe. Infrared cooking is commonly used in restaurant cooking and a typical feature of most modern grills. As a matter of fact, infrared radiation occurs in about 80% of natural sunlight.
Okay, it’s safe. It’s efficient; AND my favorite guy REALLY wants one. Plus, to top it off, I found this adorable video on YouTube. “Mmmm…delicious!” -lol- You have to watch it, and then, you’ll understand.
Anyway, I was convinced, and decided to check into testing a NuWave oven in our own kitchen. Thanks to the NuWave manufacturer, Hearthware, Inc., I have owned a NuWave Oven Pro for about a week, now; and as much as I hate to admit it, David was totally right. (If you tell him I said that, I will disavow any knowledge of you, this blog and that statement 🙂 ) So, it seems, not ALL infomercials are scams. It’s ok. I’m getting help. 😉
What are some of the features that I LOVE about my NuWave oven?
- From the box to assembly and then to cooking was literally only a matter of minutes!
- The NuWave Oven is simple to operate.
- Everything except the power head (which can easily be attached and detached from the cover) is dishwasher safe.
- It can cook up to 50% faster than conventional methods and uses up to 85% less energy – cost effective and environmentally responsible.
- I can cook in any pot or container that I can put in my oven! Yup! Even metal! Glass, stoneware, silicone, and metal are all perfect in the NuWave!
- Forgot to defrost meat for dinner? No worries! Start from frozen! This cooking method is a perfect companion to our favorite time- and money-saving freezer-cooking method. Imagine a freezer full of pre-marinated meats, meatloaves, pizzas, veggies, casseroles and more that can simply be placed in the NuWave, right from the freezer, and cooked to perfection!
- It can Broil, Roast, Grill, Bake, Barbeque, Steam, Dehydrate and even Air-Fry.
- It has a built-in reheat function.
- No heating up the house, even when preparing an entire meal!
- Controls are digital, with adjustable power settings.
- It’s light-weight and easy to move around.
- With the Extender Ring, I can cook up to a 16 lb turkey (or a huge ham or rib roast).
- Food browns beautifully, which was a fabulous surprise that I don’t experience with microwaving.
- Meats cooked in the NuWave stayed moist, juicy and delicious.
- I was able to prepare meat and side dishes all at the same time, without extra dishes or heating up my oven.
- You can bake in the NuWave – breads, cookies, cakes, sweet rolls, etc. Yum!
- It’s QUIET! I actually leaned in to listen, the first couple of times I used the NuWave, to make sure it was actually on.
- For parties and big get-togethers, this expands my roasting/baking/cooking power exponentially, using both my conventional oven and the NuWave to prepare many dishes at once and have everything ready at the same time!
- It’s a healthier way to prepare “whole” foods, without having to add a lot of additional fat. A dash of olive oil and some herbs and spices create fantastic results!
- Cooking on racks means excess fat drips away from the food, to the tray in the bottom of the oven, and you’re left with the flavorful, natural juices of the meat or veggies you’re preparing.
- The website and the NuWave Cooking Club website, are loaded with information, video tutorials, recipes and information to help me use the NuWave to its fullest potential! I love that immediate, hands-on support!
- The black and silver exterior of my NuWave Oven Pro, coordinates beautifully with my other kitchen appliances.
David’s favorite features?
- He can watch the food as it’s cooking! lol He’s extremely “visual”.
- The food tastes amazing and he gets to eat all my “tests”!
- The NuWave functions as it was advertised and delivers on the promises made in the infomercial. (He loves being right!)
- It comes with a 1-Year Warranty.
Was there anything I didn’t care for? Well, if I was getting nit-picky; it IS large, taking up about a 16″ diameter footprint on my countertop. You know how I am about “stuff” on my counters. The NuWave is something I will use so regularly, however, that I am willing to sacrifice the space, in order to keep it out and handy. The other thing is that I need to buy a meat thermometer. (Okay, I should really already have one, but I don’t, so I gotta.) As with any oven, the cooking times on some recipes seem to vary +/- 5 to 10 minutes, at times. Having a meat thermometer would be a good assurance that my meat actually is cooked through. I’m not used to meat cooked well and still being juicy. It throws me a little, but in a good way. 🙂
Okay, if I go on with recipes, this post is going to be 14,687 miles long, and I know you want to get to the giveaway, SO…I’m going to make this post just about the review and giveaway and then publish the recipes as separate posts. I’m not above teasing you with a few pictures of delectableness, in the meantime, though! 🙂 I’ve been busy and these aren’t even ALL that I have cooked in the NuWave.
Okay, lets make entering this fabulous giveaway for a NuWave Oven Pro to put into your own kitchen, as quick and simple as possible to enter. The mandatory entry will be to leave a comment, telling me the first thing you would like to cook in your NuWave, if you’re the giveaway winner. Then click the “Do It” button on the Rafflecopter form below, to open all the extra entry possibilities that you have for additional entries. Easy peasy!
I received the black and silver NuWave Oven Pro with Extender Ring kit and pizza accessories, in order to test them in my own kitchen and conduct this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.