- Food and Cooking
A Guide: 5 Reasons to Buy an Infrared NuWave Pro Oven
I am not really the type of person who buys into the “As Seen on TV” products. I view them with skepticism or disbelief and do not want to waste my money. There is one exception, though. One product that has literally “haunted” me since I first saw its infomercial is the NuWave Pro Oven. The infomercial makes it seem like a miracle oven. It has been out there for around 10 years or so, but I have resisted its pull until this year.
About seven years ago, I went to visit my brother. He had fixed a beautiful roast beef and vegetable dinner. I was a bit surprised that he could cook such a delicious meal. After eating and clearing the table, I walk into his kitchen, arms filled with plates and bowls, and lo and behold there was a countertop convection oven: the NuWave Pro Oven. I looked at him, and he grinned. “Yep, I took that roast out frozen and put it on as soon as I got home from work. I guess you liked it.” Liked it? I loved it.
At the time, I could only find the Nu Wave on TV, and it was not exactly fitting into our budget, especially when shipping was added to the costs. After several more trips over the years to visit my brother and more Nu Wave Oven meals, I have felt tortured over getting one and trying to justify it to my husband. Finally, when my husband left for a business trip last year, I bought one. I couldn’t help it. I knew when my husband came home to see “our” new appliance I would need to have some good reasons as to why I bought it.
1. The NuWave Pro Oven Cooks Food from Frozen
We are empty nesters and do not always plan our meals like we did when the kids were home for every meal. Now, I can take a beef roast out of the freezer, put it in the NuWave Oven, and have a meal in an hour – less if it is thawed. The laminated "Quick and Easy Cooking Guide" with easy directions clearly printed on the front and back for different types of meats, vegetables, and pizzas is great for referencing how much time it takes to fix almost any type of food. It also shows you different cooking times for beef for those who like rare, medium, medium-well, and well-done.
One of my favorite things to cook from frozen, and the top selling point to my husband, was our 14 pound frozen turkey. Every year I worry about whether I have thawed the turkey long enough then cutting into a dried out bird that makes the one on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Christmas turkey look juicy. Then I worry about having thawed it too long and sending everyone home with salmonella. I can just hear my nieces and nephews, “Do we have to go back to her house for Christmas? Please don’t make us go!!”
With the NuWave Pro, it comes with an extender ring so a large turkey can fit. I let the turkey cook for 2 hours then took out the giblets. I let it cook another hour then took out the neck (paints a pretty picture, doesn’t it?). For the last two hours, I stuffed it with an apple, an onion, and two stalks of celery. I used olive oil when basting it, except during the last half hour when I used butter. I normally use butter but it browns too quickly in the NuWave and the olive oil was just as tasty. Also, to keep the turkey (or any other meat) from browning too much, I loosely covered it with aluminum foil. Because it is infrared, convection cooking, the air circulates around your food and cooks it evenly. I must say it was the best turkey we ever had. It was moist and flavorful. Best of all, it was easy to fix and eaten quickly.
2. The NuWave Cooks the Entire Meal and is Dishwasher Safe
I am one of those cooks who likes to put everything in the same pan so I don’t have a lot of clean up. The NuWave is perfect for this type of cooking and cleaning. About forty-five minutes to an hour ahead of the end of cooking, place your potatoes and other vegetables in an aluminum foil created bowl and brush with butter or olive oil. Voila, meat and vegetables are ready for the table.
Plus, if you use a cooking or baking spray, the clean up is even easier. You can either wipe the pan, grill, and cover down with soap and hot water, rinse it, dry it, and put it away. What I love is that it all fits into the dishwasher, so you don’t have to do any thing but put it in and turn on the dishwasher.
3. With a NuWave, You Free Up Oven Space
When you are fixing a big family meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you do not have to work around the time it takes for the turkey or ham to finish cooking in the conventional oven. The NuWave is a countertop oven, freeing up space. With the NuWave taking care of the main dish, you can use your oven for stuffing, dinner rolls, cobblers, pies, and many other side dishes that take less time than the meat. No more waiting around and worrying if all the food is going to be ready and hot at the same time.
4. Anything You Put in Your Regular Oven Can Go in NuWave
All your oven dishes can fit into the NuWave. It can be stoneware, stainless steel, or aluminum. You will not have to worry about anything exploding or catching fire like you would with the microwave. The NuWave also cooks your food evenly no matter what it is in.
5. Having a NuWave Oven is Cheaper than a Dual Oven
Dual ovens are awesome, but they are expensive, running in the thousands of dollars for a good one. With your regular oven and the NuWave Oven, you can get the same results as you do with a dual oven but for a much less expensive price tag.
These were the reasons I gave my husband for buying the NuWave Pro Oven. I was also ready with, “And how much do you spend on golf each month?” Fortunately, I didn’t have to pull out the big guns by going for his juggler (golf), but I was ready. At first he snooted his nose to it. Then I came home one night to a beautiful pork roast and vegetable dinner. He was very proud and enjoyed the ease of using the NuWave. A happy ending for all.
Did you find this review for the NuWave Pro Oven helpful?
- After getting your NuWave, unpack it immediately to make sure everything is there for your cooking needs. It comes with a pizza flipper and cutter, too.
- Be sure you watch the instructional DVD that is included.
- Finally, join the online NuWave Cooking Club. There are a ton of new recipes and advice.
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