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Cuisinart Combo Steam/Convection Oven (Part 1)

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rotuts   

Yum !

Im not that much of a Red Meat Guy, but this seems to be the Red Meat Machine !


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weinoo   

Wow - that's more impressive than I imagined. Now I have to do some pork chops in there.

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@weinoo -- I have to agree. I was not at all expecting the results I got last night. I think pork chops could really benefit from this as well. Frankly, for the cost, I am pretty amazed at the consistency of my unit.

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weinoo   

You know, I toasted half a bagel and a slice of multi-grain at the same time this morning. They came out great and I'm thinking - hey, this unit is pretty cool for Cuisinart.

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weinoo   

Also, even though the preheating cycle is a joke (as it is in all ovens, imo), I stuck 2 oven thermometers in the unit and let it go for 30 minutes. They both read within 5 - 10 degrees of the oven setting, which is also impressive in my book.


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rotuts   

this toasts better than a dedicated toaster?

the BV-XL toasts OK if the bread is home-made and cut thick, otherwise, ehhhh ...

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I definitely think it toasts better than my Dualit toaster -- my main issue with that has always been that the single toast function kind of sucks for some reason. To think that the Dualit was roughly the same price. I think rotuts was talking elsewhere about fancy kitchen items....sounds like my dualit fits right in to be honest.


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rotuts   

for $ 197.10 ( + tax your area ) w the WS 10 % coupon it really seems attractive for certain things

( BTW WS does not seem to want to send that coupon to Gmail. had to use a 'real e-address' )

I do have one concern: bread. the pics Ive seen on the reviews had the loafs with more or less over brown tops, which seems to also be a known issue w most if not all oven-toasters as the clearance on the top is quite tight if your item gets too close to the heating element.

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My wife is going to be making bread this week -- I will have a full report. Also, my next venture is going to be something akin to the steamed cheeseburgers from Ted's in Meriden, CT -- I have never been there, just heard that they are amazing. Here is a youtube link to the cheeseburgers... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8YouisYQtE

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weinoo   

I'm really not so worried about its ability to bake loaf bread, since I rarely do that. The reviewer that I linked above did a decent bread that he said tasted great. Once I get better arm usage, I will try some flatbreads (i.e. focaccia) however.

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rotuts   

Oh No ! :hmmm:

Ive had those steamed burgers ! they are to die for. make sure you have a crusty bun to soak up that goodness.

worth 'Your Own Grind' even if its in the cuisinart processor . at least 15 + % fat. look for good beef.

think Bernaise or Hollandaise. those I eat :huh:

think 130 or 140.


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rotuts   

would there be a guess as to how long the water in the tank would last?

if that's ever an issue, would one turn the oven off, refill, then turn back on ?

Its too cold to move here but tomorrow might be better for me to motor down to BB$B to take a few more measurements.

for 197.10 this would qualify as "Lab Equipment" or "Experimental Apparatus" or "Cool Toy" for me.

the auto steam rise appeals, as does the 'steam burger' which might translate to "Steam Meat-Loaf" w the eye on future sandwiches.

Experimental Sandwiches you see.

for the focaccia, would you plan to use the pan it came with or find something a like pyrex? the 9 x 9 pyrex fits right in there.


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weinoo   

I could see the focaccia being the case where something like an 11" pizza pan comes into play.

I also have a couple of 1/8 sheet pans that might be perfect.

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rotuts   

like to learn a bit more on the 1/8 sheet pans.

an 11 " pizza pan fits ?

Id think about evaluating those aluminum "disposable' pan in every supermarket

no need to toss them, I dont: parchment paper works well w these

and you can easily 'modify' them with your bare hands.


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rotuts   

Oooooooooooooo

the 1/8 pan makes its case

I see little point in this case in a circular pan

all those not pie like losses

just me

many thanks for your thoughtful reply

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weinoo   

What's also nice about this size pan is that it's a perfect fit for a C Fold paper towel that's only half unfolded.

They're great prep pans.

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So I ran my tank for 120 minutes and I would say that the tank was probably 2/3 full when the cycle was done. You can only run the machine for a maximum of 120 minute before you re-up the countdown, so I don't see there being an issue with pulling the tank and refilling when need be.

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rotuts   

ordered mine last night.

price this A.M. seems to have gone up to $ 299.99 same as BB$B

:huh:

I look forward to at least learning 'steam-cooking'


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weinoo   

Wow - that's quite a price increase...and a whole different ballgame.

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rotuts   

Indeed. thats been the price at BB$B all along so something was up at WS.

so its now $ 240 at BB$B w that ubiquitous coupon.

Amazon at $ 299 also

Im pleased I snuck in at 197. it gives me something Ive been interested in for a long time to study.

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weinoo   

Im pleased I snuck in at 197. it gives me something Ive been interested in for a long time to study.

Yeah - me too. Always feels good to get something at a steep discount. Maybe they'll do Vitamix next!

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Wow, I am really glad I grabbed it. I still think it is worth $300...but that would make it a much harder purchase to justify.

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