This year I am being given the opportunity to test drive some of Panasonic’s amazing range of kitchen appliances. To kick it off I have been putting the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven through it’s paces…
I have to be honest when I saw the huge box turn up on my door step my heart sank a little because we live in a teeny tiny house with barely any worktop space and certainly no spare nook and cranny for this beast of a microwave. However after doing a little rearranging and moving out my own microwave I have to admit it looks quite at home now.
The oven has a flatbed, rather than a turntable, which means you can fit dishes of all shapes and sizes in it. It grills, cooks conventionally, microwaves, steams or a multitude of combinations. For example you can cook a whole chicken using a combination of microwave and convection and shave a whole hour off the cooking time, and the chicken is crispy! It has a whopping 32 litre capacity and rivals the cooking space I have in my free standing single oven, especially as it has the space for 2-level convection cooking.
There are a lot of features to the oven, and a lot of options on the touch panel which can be quite daunting at first. I didn’t think I’d ever get the hang of using the oven. The booklet which comes with the oven is very comprehensive though and once I got used to finding my way around it it has been a lot easier, quicker and more pleasurable to use.
The oven comes with a glass shelf, enamel shelf, wire shelf and plastic trivet. To steam food there is a water tank tucked away in the bottom.
I have used all the features and a few combinations too. Whole chickens have been cooked on a microwave/convection combination. Chicken breasts steamed & microwaved in just 11 minutes, corn on the cob steamed & microwaved, fish steamed… I have also grilled bacon, cheese on toast and ‘shhhh’ fish fingers!
I’ve been really impressed with all the functions apart from grilling, it was very slow and didn’t cook as well as my usual grill.
The Panasonic steam combination oven preheats extremely quickly ( so much so I haven’t had the food to be cooked ready fast enough) it is so much better to cook in it than my freestanding gas oven.
For someone who struggles to cook for six people in a tiny oven, especially after having an Aga, I am totally sold on the Panasonic steam combination oven, it is brilliant for us. It gives me a space to cook which is just as big as my gas oven, heats up so much faster, and also cooks so much quicker too. I love it so much that as soon as I can afford it I am going to ‘treat’ myself to one, as unfortunately this one is on loan.
I have a few design gripes which I will list below but I would absolutely recommend the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven NN-CS849S I love it, and my friends know how much I love it because I keep going on about it!
The Pros and Cons of the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven…
- It’s huge so you cook a whole meal all at once, perfect for families
- It’s multi features, especially the ability to steam/microwave and convection/microwave
- It looks really good, great sleek design. This is important as it is a beast of a machine you can’t really hide. Luckily you won’t want to though.
- The drop down door
- It heats up really quickly
- Has the ability to more or less replace a conventional oven
- It’s huge, it needs a decent amount of free space around it too
- The grill function was disappointing and it is also hard to turn things without grease dripping everywhere as you do it
- The images on the touch panel are a bit small (for me) and could also be improved by lighting up. I’ve found it difficult to see them sometimes without shining some light on them
- The fan whirrs for quite a long time after use
I’ll be sharing a couple of recipes I have made using the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven so keep a look out for them very soon. Once again I can’t say it enough I really do love it and will be slightly bereft when I have to send it back, it’s been a brilliant and very handy addition to our kitchen appliances.