Food and Cooking - Specialty Appliances
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Mon Dec 06 00:00:00 MST 2010silverandblackbob Rating:5.0
I love it! I took a gamble because it was cheap. Used it once so far. Easy to clean. Had a broth in the pot to cook shrimp. Cooked muscles on half shell on the griddle. We were able to keep enough food cooking for three of us. Good value!
Fri Apr 10 00:00:00 MDT 2015Stacey J. Rating:5.0
This cooker is great! I love that you can brown your food before slow cooking or baking. I have only had it a few weeks but have only used my stove one time because I enjoy using my cooker more. I should have bought this years ago!
Wed Feb 08 00:00:00 MST 2012peanut725 Rating:5.0
I've only used this once since I received it but I love it so far. It's so easy to use and clean and more importantly the broccolli I steamed came out so soft and cooked so quick!!!! I'm looking forward to steaming my veggies a lot more. I also love how it comes with stackable bins so when cooking more I can add the bin on top with more food.
Wed Oct 02 00:00:00 MDT 2013fancylou Rating:5.0
Love it! Beautiful stainless steel shines bright and cleans very easily. Super smooth and fast turning handle. Holds the whole dish of cooked apples at one time, really cuts down on the time.
Sat Jan 24 00:00:00 MST 2015gamoviestar Rating:5.0
This was a gift for my brother. He had wanted one for a long time. He cooks the meals at his house & loves this. It is large enough he can cook a pretty good amount of food in it. He loves it. It cleans up easily after meals. It arrived well packaged and I had it sent to me. It came within 5 days. I wanted to watch my brother open it ( he lives in FL) and knew he'd be visiting me. He was thrilled with the product. I was thrilled with Overstocks price.
Sat Apr 11 00:00:00 MDT 2015OstkUser26435 Rating:5.0
This rotating pizza oven was an appliance I considered totally unnecessary until I actually tried one at a friend's house. It's worth the counter space -- which is important as appliances have to earn the real estate they occupy. I have it out all the time and just keep the round plate on its side, out of the way, until use. The bottom pan gets very hot, and the upper broiler is red hot as well. It doesn't take long at all to broil a frozen pizza to perfection, and there are no more "oh shoot, I forgot---!" when you smell your oven burning. It's visible. Furthermore, I've taken to using this as a broiler for everything except stuff which spatters. I wouldn't broil a piece of fish on it, or raw hamburger, but you can easily broil toast, muffins, sandwiches, grapefruit with brown sugar, fish sticks, and more, and best of all, you'll never again burn the garlic toast. EVERYONE burns the garlic toast at some point in their lives, don't they? Not with this. It rotates until you see the perfect brown level you want. Pros: Broils a frozen pizza very quickly -- no longer than your oven, without heating it up. Non-stick surface makes for easy clean up. Shuts off the heat automatically at the end of the timer session, so you can't forget and burn the item. Large pan broils sufficient quantities of food. You can broil top, bottom, or both, with the flick of a switch. Rotates the pan for even heat distribution. Cons: There is no on/off switch. You plug it in, and if the pan in in place, it starts. If the pan is not in place, there is no action, but it's a pain in the butt to plug and unplug the appliance I use so often. I added it to a mini power supply cord and just use the switch on the cord to turn it on and off. This is a dumb thing to not include. There is not a ton of clearance between the pan and the upper element, so anything which spatters is very close to the heating coil. Doesn't handle raw pizza dough well at all. Stick with frozen pizzas, or as we do, make pizzas made on sheets of lavosh or flat bread, tortillas, or other already bases already cooked or pre-cooked.
Fri Sep 02 00:00:00 MDT 2011crzyloulou Rating:5.0
This is a nice little addition to my kitchen! This is a very basic piece of equipment but it works well. It steams food quickly and it is easy to clean. It is collapsable and easy to store away. I haven't used the rice cooking tray b/c I already have a rice cooker, so I can't say anything about that. It is just big enough to prep a meal for two. I'm very happy with my purchase!
Tue Dec 14 00:00:00 MST 2010wnc64 Rating:4.0
I've always wanted to do hot pot at home, but it takes so much effort to get everything prepared. When I saw this item, that gave me a great incentive to do fondue/grill at home! I haven't tried it yet, but given what I saw, I will definitely have a great time in grilling and cooking food in broth! I also like the size - it's personal size. I could even have the fondue / grill - by myself. Just the right size! Now, I am thinking I need another one, just in case a friend comes over. :-P
Mon Jun 04 00:00:00 MDT 2012kendallrm Rating:4.0
I wanted an inexpensive slicer to cut meats and cheese and this fit the need. I can cook meats and slice them thin or thick with little or not trouble. I have to let the cheeses warm up a little before slicing or if you try to slice too fast it will cause the belt to slip that is rotating the blade. I have been using this slicer for a couple years now and will continue until it gives out or the blade goes dull. The only thing I would change would be the depth guide that adjust is made of plastic and can change the thickness with too much pressure with certain food being cut.
Wed Jun 16 00:00:00 MDT 2010ruburk Rating:5.0
This is a wonderful over-sized pressure cooker. The programmed automatic settings work like a charm. For example, I often place an entire 5 pound bag of potatoes in the cooker, cover with water, press the Potato and Yams setting and have perfectly cooked whole potatoes suitable for cutting into potato salad in about 35 minutes. The stew and soup setting works beautifully. Just place your ingredients into the pot, press soup/stew and walk away. The automatic meat setting leaves the meat less tender than I like it so I seldom use it. For meat, including roasts and ribs I use the manual program, setting it on high for up to 90 minutes. The rice and grain setting gives you perfect rice every time. This is a great size. Pressure cookers can be filled to no more than 2 inches from the top of the insert. This means that this 8 quart cooker really maxes out at about 6 - 6 1/2 quarts. Filling it more than that provides the risk of food bubbling up into your escape valves, which could possibly cause a failure of one or more of the safety features. This is true of every pressure cooker, not unique to this one. You can actually fit a 4 or 5 pound roast in this pot with room for vegetables and sauces. I cannot do that in my 6 quart cooker which really only cooks about 4 1/2 quarts of food and is much smaller in diameter than the pot on this one. I must comment that this pot can be used with as little as one quart of food in it, it still cooks perfectly, does not need to be crammed full to work. Pros: automatic settings for commonly cooked foods and rice ( I cook as little as 1 cup of raw rice using 1 1/2 cups of water), Can use manual settings if you prefer. Perfect size, (even large enough for canning pint and quart jars.). Switches to keep warm automatically when cycle is complete. Set and walk away for perfect results. Can be used as a steamer with a rack insert. Steams broccoli in 2 minutes. Can be used for single servings or family sized meals. Cons: It has no browner setting. You must sear or brown your roasts, ground meat etc. if you wish before adding to the pot. While the window shows the countdown to the time remaining and indicates that the contents are under pressure by displaying a "P" on the panel when MANUAL settings are used, there is only a "P" displayed once the pot has come up to pressure when using the Auto settings, that is, there is no indication of the cook time remaining. (not a big deal, the pot accurately calculates the remaining time, just does not display it) I found that the keep warm setting works well for foods containing a lot of liquids but thick sauces, cooked dried beans etc. seem to stick to the bottom of the pot if left on "keep warm" too long. This happens with my smaller pot also. ( I just shut the pot off when done and allow it to remain closed. It keeps food hot for hours by itself, if unopened.) I highly recommend this pressure cooker. I bought one for my daughter who loves it also.
Tue Apr 30 00:00:00 MDT 2013andydog Rating:5.0
Bought it to slice my own food. On a low-sodium diet, thought I'd cook and slice my own. WORKS GREAT! Very happy.
Wed Dec 30 00:00:00 MST 2009cynthia930 Rating:4.0
I bought this for my daughter last Christmas and we used it for Thanksgiving this year. I thought I needed one for Christmas dinner, so I ordered this one. We used it and it worked great. Kept the food warm. My problem with it is that the plastic covers were scuffed when I took them out of the box. Not pretty. If they had been glass, I could have washed them in the dishwasher and wouldn't have had to be so careful with them around the things I was cooking. Also glass lids could go into the oven.
Tue May 08 00:00:00 MDT 2012knitmaven Rating:5.0
This electric skillet is wonderful, I was looking for a top quality item that provided a non-stick surface that didn't flake or was toxic. The glass lid fits superbly and offers visual monitoring of the food as it cooks. It is big and heavy, definitely construction that lends itself to performing well and lasting a long time. The 14" size offers capacity for a crowd, but is also great for a meal for two.
Sat Dec 12 00:00:00 MST 2009iddunne Rating:5.0
I bought this for my son for Christmas, but used it for Thanksgiving. It kept the food hot without burning. Worked very well. Would buy one for myself if I still cooked.
Fri Dec 19 00:00:00 MST 2014calzada Rating:5.0
Cuisinart Pressure Cooker allows me to cook meals quicker. Food loses no nutrients in the process, so it is healthier. It also allows me to save money because I can pressure cook a whole (less expensive) chicken in minutes. Easy to follow instructions and delicious recipes included.
Thu May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2010england3uk Rating:5.0
I already have two fondue pots but when i saw this one on Overstock i told my Husband about it and he liked it to. Its great how you can melt the cheese and cook food on the same plate. You can control the heat and keep food warm on the under plates. It cleans up very nice. We are very pleased with this item and glad we purchased it.
Fri Sep 11 00:00:00 MDT 2009kandiloo333 Rating:5.0
This pressure cooker is HUGE!This pressure cooker is EASY!This pressure cooker is QUIET!This pressure cooker is my FRIEND!I think I am obsessed with my new pressure cooker. Everytime I go to the grocery store, I look at stuff that I can buy in order to COOK it in my pressure cooker, cause I seriously don't even care to cook in any other way.I've made BBQ Beef Ribs, BBQ Short Ribs, Turkey Cutlets, Turkey Roulade with Stuffing, Stuffed Bell Peppers and Rice, Braised Lemon Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Chicken and my all time favorite *drum roll pls* CHICKEN MARSALA!!!I have never even used a pressure cooker before cause I was always scared, thinking I'm going to blow up my house. But this appliance is absolutely so easy to use and does everything for you. It's also portable! I've carried it off to my friend's house to cook her some short ribs at a dinner party and everyone was just amazed at the machine and the food result. I'm going to be buying two more for Christmas presents this year. Hope they have them in stock!
Thu Feb 04 00:00:00 MST 2010leeann777 Rating:5.0
I love this food dehydrator. I did not find it to be loud at all. I have a quiet dishwasher and the two were running at the same time. The dishwasher was louder. It is a soft white noise. So if you are like me, and like to fall asleep with a fan on, you will love the sound. So you can dehydrate food while it lulls you to sleep. I just got mine a few days ago and already have made jerky and fruit leather. Wow! I am hooked. I think there is a learning curve, however, and right now I am experimenting with recipes and cooking times.
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