Advantium or Not? Is Speed Cook a good thing?

My wife and I have been remodeling our kitchen. This is how we started…image

This is where we are. Not done yet, but getting there.

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As part of the remodel, we chose a GE Profile Advantium double oven. It has a bottom oven that has conventional and convection cooking and lots of room. The top oven on the other hand, is new to us.  It features a microwave, which we love! and a convection, and this thing called “speed cook” that combines the microwave, the convection and a halogen light that seems to work magic. I have to admit, I was a skeptic. I am old school in terms of cooking method. I bake when baking is  required, I grill when it’s the right thing and I microwave certain things, but not often.

Tonight I decided to test the Advantium technology and here is how it turned out! I started out by seasoninng the steaks. I didn’t have to pre-heat the oven by the way.

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All that is requiered is to use the plate that comes with the oven. Its big and can fit alot of food. This is an 8 oz steak and you can see there is alot of room left.

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All you really have to do is folow the menu.  Selected a Strip steak and walked away.image

I peeked from time to time, but the oven stopped and asked me to turn the steak when it was ready, all I had to do was flip it and press start again.

I decided to check the done steak to see how well it was done…..

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152 is pretty much perfectly medium.  After resting this is what is looked like.

imageFor my tastes it was a little too well done, but it was a perfect medium according to the temp.

I haven’t concluded, but the first test is amazing. The steak tasted like it was grilled and I  have to admit, it was better than most steaks I had grilled on my outside grill.  I will try a few more recipes and keep posting!!

Check out http://www.sundaywithachanceofmeatballs.com for more great recipes!!

Ciao Mike!

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