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#91 ElsieD

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:22 AM

While I'm asking questions, I'll ask another one. I made the mistake of ordering some "Kobe" striploins from Costco. The mistake is that had I known they were only 3/4" thick I would not have ordered them. Any tips on how long I would broil this in my spanking new Breviile oven?

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:30 AM

trim any tough bit off.  you would do better in a very very hot pan for very little time.   unless you want to put the B through its paces.

 

if you want to use the B, trim, and almost freeze the steaks in the freezer.  'Almost' is the key work.  then preheat and broil until brown to your choice on one side, just a little time on the reverse side.  rest and serve brown side up.

 

let the steaks talk to you about it as they broil.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

My Breville oven arrived yesterday and I decided that the first thing I would do is cook up a frozen pizza. I actually did read the directions, just unfortunately, the wrong ones. I read the directions for NOT using a pizza stone when in fact I WAS using a pizza stone. So, since I did not pre-heat properly, I was left with a sodden mess. I managed to get the very wet pizza off the stone, more or less in one piece and right side up and into a non -stick frying pan. I then heated this up on the stove until the crust sort of firmed up enough so we could eat it.
So my question is - how well do the instructions in the manual for pre-heating work?
Also, when I first turn the oven on to pre-heat, the fan sounds like it's rattling in its housing. It isn't real loud, but it is quite audible. Then, after one minute it quiets down. Is this normal?
Off to try making some toast.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

My Breville oven arrived yesterday and I decided that the first thing I would do is cook up a frozen pizza. I actually did read the directions, just unfortunately, the wrong ones. I read the directions for NOT using a pizza stone when in fact I WAS using a pizza stone. So, since I did not pre-heat properly, I was left with a sodden mess. I managed to get the very wet pizza off the stone, more or less in one piece and right side up and into a non -stick frying pan. I then heated this up on the stove until the crust sort of firmed up enough so we could eat it.
So my question is - how well do the instructions in the manual for pre-heating work?
Also, when I first turn the oven on to pre-heat, the fan sounds like it's rattling in its housing. It isn't real loud, but it is quite audible. Then, after one minute it quiets down. Is this normal?
Off to try making some toast.


Does anyone by chance have an answer to these questions?

I'd call the toll-free number and ask them. Mine didn't do this, either the first time or (after that fan started rattling incessantly) the second. Their customer service is excellent, and if there's a problem, they'll make it right.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:55 PM

I find the preheating instructions to be fine,with the exception of the convection preheating stopping short of the desired temp (as well described by Anna above).

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:59 AM

While I'm asking questions, I'll ask another one. I made the mistake of ordering some "Kobe" striploins from Costco. The mistake is that had I known they were only 3/4" thick I would not have ordered them. Any tips on how long I would broil this in my spanking new Breviile oven?

 

 

trim any tough bit off.  you would do better in a very very hot pan for very little time.   unless you want to put the B through its paces.

 

if you want to use the B, trim, and almost freeze the steaks in the freezer.  'Almost' is the key work.  then preheat and broil until brown to your choice on one side, just a little time on the reverse side.  rest and serve brown side up.

 

let the steaks talk to you about it as they broil.

 

I'd also probably opt to not broil them but, as rotus said, maybe you can try one that way and see how it turns out.

 

I'd be more likely to bring the steaks to room temp, preheat my B to the desired internal temperature (or just below), then cook the steaks until done, followed by a very quick sear on each side in a very hot pan. (I have a rectangular cooling rack that, serendipitously, fit perfectly above the B's roasting tray.

 

Just for the heck of it, I did a Google search for "Costco strip loin" (w/o the quotation marks), and found this pleasant and helpful video: How to cut Costco meat!


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:51 AM

While I'm asking questions, I'll ask another one. I made the mistake of ordering some "Kobe" striploins from Costco. The mistake is that had I known they were only 3/4" thick I would not have ordered them. Any tips on how long I would broil this in my spanking new Breviile oven?

 
 

trim any tough bit off.  you would do better in a very very hot pan for very little time.   unless you want to put the B through its paces.
 
if you want to use the B, trim, and almost freeze the steaks in the freezer.  'Almost' is the key work.  then preheat and broil until brown to your choice on one side, just a little time on the reverse side.  rest and serve brown side up.

 
let the steaks talk to you about it as they broil.

 
I'd also probably opt to not broil them but, as rotus said, maybe you can try one that way and see how it turns out.
 
I'd be more likely to bring the steaks to room temp, preheat my B to the desired internal temperature (or just below), then cook the steaks until done, followed by a very quick sear on each side in a very hot pan. (I have a rectangular cooling rack that, serendipitously, fit perfectly above the B's roasting tray.
 
Just for the heck of it, I did a Google search for "Costco strip loin" (w/o the quotation marks), and found this pleasant and helpful video: How to cut Costco meat!


http://t.costco.ca/Kobe-Classic-Beef-–-10-Canadian-Wagyu-New-York-Strip-Loin-Steaks.product.100016464.html

This is what I bought. As I said, they were only 3/4" thick. I did broil them, 4 minutes on each side which turned out to be medium. I should have gone with my inital instinct which was 4 minutes on one side and 3 on the other. Normally I cook steak sous vide and them torch them to brown but I wanted to see what the Breville would do with it. So now I know.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:32 PM

Its a dark and rainy day here, and Im baking up some cornbread in my BV-XL

 

the kitchen is dark.

 

made me realize that the BV-XL does not seem to have a light in it to see what's happening.

 

maybe ive missed it, but that's pretty dumb for $$ 250  ( less at BB&B )

 

still love it though ....


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:14 PM

the light might have set them back, what ?  $ 1.23  ?  AUS ?

 

just to finish up:  the little gizmo's that keep the rack from flying out HOT on the BigBoy are only on two levels..

 

they should be on  all levels.  thats another $ 1.15.   

 

so we are up to $$ 252.38. still less at BB&B

 

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:16 PM

The light is the only flaw to me.



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

not those little rack-y thing-ies that keep the rack from sliding out and Damaging Tissue?

 

they didn't even bother to put those in the BV-MediumBoy, which i took back to BB%B


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:15 PM

I haven't had a problem with the missing stops on one level.



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:39 PM

Excellent.   its waiting for your future.   and on the top rack .....



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:38 PM

Nah. Use it all the time.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:15 AM

I'm still enjoying my Breville XL after at least a year of fairly heavy usage.

I only wish I could buy a replacement drip tray since mine is getting pretty ratty.

Other than that, I have to say this is one of the very best investments I've ever made in a small appliance.

When mine dies I will hot foot it to get a new one (or its next generation).  I love mine and use it daily.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:28 AM

Breville sells parts:

 

http://www.brevilleu.../ovens.html?p=2

 

as does e-replacement, which is more $$

 

http://www.ereplacem...061_116092.html



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:57 AM

Oy!  My BSO died completely unexpectedly yesterday, for no apparent reason.  I'd used it for toast in the morning and then when I tried to use it to prepare dinner nothing happened when I tried to turn it on.

Has this happened to anyone else?  Thanks to Amazon (because you can always look up your old orders) I see I bought it almost exactly two years ago. 

I plan to phone their customer service later this morning and will post back with the results of that conversation.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:30 AM

My BSO will trip the circuit breaker occasionally if my wife plugs in her stupid space heater to the wrong outlet.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:15 AM

gfweb has a good point: is the display dead? If so, try plugging something else into the outlet, to be sure it isn't an electrical issue with your home rather than a toaster problem. If the display still works, but nothing happens when you push the on button, then it's more likely an issue with your toaster.


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#110 lindag

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 07:33 AM

Nope, it's dead.  No display at all.

Customer service offered me two options since my oven is well out of warranty.

One:  I could swap my oven for a refurbished one.

Two:  They would send me a brand-new oven for 20% off list price and free shipping.

 

I chose the new oven since with the refurb I'd have to ship my old one back to them at my cost.

And, I use my oven so much that I really want a new one.  I'll eat the extra cost.

Now begins the long wait for the unit to arrive...I rely so much on my Oven that it'll be hard to go back to a standard toaster for the duration..



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 08:25 AM

Ouch. Being without the BSO for Xmas dinner would be a trial in our house.



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:47 AM

Oy!  My BSO died completely unexpectedly yesterday, for no apparent reason.  I'd used it for toast in the morning and then when I tried to use it to prepare dinner nothing happened when I tried to turn it on.
Has this happened to anyone else?  Thanks to Amazon (because you can always look up your old orders) I see I bought it almost exactly two years ago. 
I plan to phone their customer service later this morning and will post back with the results of that conversation.

exactly the same thing happened to me. Right after warranty expired it died. Luckily I had bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond. They replaced it for nothing.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 03:25 PM

Since no baguette pans are BSO sized I made one out of 1/4" hardware cloth. Works great and can be set above a sheet pan of water for baking, solving another problem. It'll hold 2 13" baguettes in two troughs.

If only the wire was nonstick... perforated parchment paper works OK though.

 

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:02 AM

Very clever, indeed.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:05 AM

My new (replacement BSO) arrived this past week.  Phew!  I really, really missed it.  Even though it died after two years of use I still feel like I got my money's worth from it. 

With this oven, before I even used it the first time, I put a piece of foil dull-side up on the drip tray.  My old oven's tray got so cruddy that I could never get it even somewhat clean.  I hope this works better.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:26 AM

DH bought the BSO at BB&B for our Christmas present, thanks to this discussion.  He was able to use the 20% off coupon though the fine print seems to exclude it.  So about $200.  I think it will be a very good deal.  So far only toast, reheated frozen muffins and pizza and a small batch of corn custard which had a lovely brown top....which the oven never did.

I'm planning to try a batch of Naan....using a couple of quarry tiles.  Great bread gfweb.....makes for lots of options.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:17 AM

I'm amazed at how well the BSO does leftover pizza.  Using the 'reheat' function for about 9 mins. at 300° results in a slice or two that are remarkably like freshly baked.  No more soggy, tough pizza from the microwave!


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#118 NEPolarbear

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:28 AM

The BSO is one of my best purchases for the kitchen.

Owned for at least a couple of years.

The oven can handle a 4 lb chicken in my cast iron skillet.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

Does anyone know if Breville makes a commercial version of this oven.  We are opening a place soon and would love to have a few of these.  


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:00 PM

No - I think you're b etter off with an Electrolux combi.


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