So a few days ago I went to this cookout even hosted by my apt complex. They had door prizes and I won one . . . . THIS.
It is a "Magic Chef 3 Gallon Glass Bowl Convection Oven".
Usually I wouldn't think about buying or using something like this but hell it was free. So I figure why not give it a whirl live on /ck/?
Looking it up on Google it seems it costs a whopping $33 from Home Depot. Given that price my expectations are pretty damned low. Yet oddly enough it has good reviews?
Maybe some astroturfing on the part of the maker, haha. Anyways other side of the box.
The box was hefty but I have to admit I was genuinely surprised when I took it out. This thing is FUCKING HUGE. Good God, I could fit a while damned turkey and have room to spare.
Also pretty heavy. Seems surprisingly well made for the cheapo price. Heck just the giant glass bowl that's ovenproof is impressive for $30.
The racks feel cheap but ought to work, the "tongs" are literally garbage. I threw them in the trash.
A friend of mine had the predecessor to that - the new wave oven. I tried to tell him it was gimmicky but he adored the stupid thing. Yours was free OP so it's worth keeping, but a quality toaster oven with convection is much better imo.
The controls are pretty straightforward. Temp and time up to 1 hour. I'm skeptical this thing can actually do 500deg but who knows. I do like that it has a "thaw" setting, kind of nifty . . . . if it works?
Does it rotate?
Reminds me of the Pizazz, which was honestly the best gimmicky coooker I ever bought. Then again, that was a broiler with a rotating pan, this looks a little different. Mini shepherd's pies?
Doesn't rotate but supposedly the element and fans will cook stuff evenly. We shall see.
It has a lower and upper rack that fit in. I figure I'll cook exactly what's on the picture on the box . . . . a roasted chicken with veggies. Lets see what happens.
Probably because they don't want you to walk away from it for that long, heh.
Anyways I figure I'll do the exact same prep as I would roasting a chicken in the oven. If this thing can match that I'll be impressed.
I'll start with the typical veggies. A Russet potato, a couple carrots, a few stalks of celery, and a sweet onion. When I roast a chicken this is usually what it's sitting atop in the roasting tray. All are scrubbed and then patted dry, skins on (because flavor!)
Taste like a potato? Its a decently large one.
So I cut them up the way I usually would for a roast chicken. Tossed with a bit of olive oil and some salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Nothing fancy.
Placed them on the "bottom" cooking rack. A lot fell through the grates. I'm not feeling great about this experiment so far.
Personal preference I suppose, I like the veggies to be soft and well caramelized.
So on goes the chicken. This one is about 4lb . . . middle of the road. Again seasoned very simply with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, and paprika. And a few sprigs of thyme because why not.
Looks like this from the side. If it was just the chicken I wouldn't need the "extender ring" but meh. I'll be very impressed if it even gets the chicken right.
Worst case I lose $8 worth of ingredients. (And not even that, can always finish it in the oven/etc). I'm just curious what this thing can or can't do.
Anyhow the manual gives some rough cooking times so I'm going to go by that. Says 400deg for 60-some minutes for a 4lb chicken. I'll do that and check the internal temp I suppose.
And man this thing when turned on is BRIGHT! Its like a carnival up in my kitchen. Its very quiet, just a tiny bit of fan noise. But the heat can be felt up to a foot away, its almost like a campfire. Yikes!
I got a free rotisserie that cooks like a beast on a standard outlet
Pic related, but don't try making wings in this thing. Just stick to the whole chickens and whatever else you feel fit
So time is up. The chicken actually looks pretty damned good, skin seems nice and crispy.
Only one way to be sure though.
And I'll be damned, spot on! For a cheapo thing this did a decent job.
Meh its whatever came with thermometer. The internal temp at the deepest part of the thigh and breast was 160, decent. A few minutes less next time.
So yeah this thing cooks a pretty damned good looking chicken (well I'll know when I taste it). I'll let it rest a few minutes.
The veggies however are pretty sad. But I'll give them 10 more minutes without the "extender" while the bird rests, and I think they'll turn out well!
Overall I'm pretty impressed with this thing so far for $30.
IT BURNED OUT!
I'm not even kidding! It literally died after a half use. The light no longer works.
I'm putting the veggies in the oven so not to lose them because they smell delicious. But wow! Here I was actually getting a bit excited about this thing.
not surprised. this looks like a cheap knock off version of the flavor wave turbo oven, which itself was a cheap chinese made piece of shit. i bought one a couple years back, because of the Turbo name but it died after less than a year of use. was really disappointed since my parents japanese made Turbo brand convection oven lasted 25 years. it's a real decent appliance, especially for crispy baked chicken legs & thighs (a staple in my house growing up), but i really can't find anyone that makes these that isn't china shit.
Yep, I'm sure. The outlet is fine and all its other functions work . . . . just no heat!
I'm really disappointed, was kind of excited after seeing what it could possibly do. Seemed like a great way to get some crispy baked and roasted goodness with minimal cleanup. Ah well.
If nothing else I got a massive glass oven-safe vessel with roasting racks. Heck that's worth $20 right there.
Despite having to finish the veggies in the oven I at least got a decent meal from this experiment!
The chicken was good . . . crispy skin and juicy interior. The juices that accumulated at the bottom of the glass vessel made a pretty decent pan sauce with some butter.
If this thing had been a bit more durable I think I'd keep it in my kitchen. I have half a mind to return it to Home Depot without a receipt and see if they'll give me another, haha.
Looks good. If it's worth your time I'd go in and explain your situation; they might give you a new one.
Stay around Evilroot; you're one of the only people left who posts decent OC, although just having in focus, upright pictures goes a long way these days.
Ah yes, please do partake in evilroot, it's heavenly
>implying you've contributed anything, ever, to /ck/, let alone OC
surely this is the day the Lord has proclaimec
AH YEAS. The Ron Popeil Showtime Rotisserie Oven! My parents had one in the 90s, it only worked good with whole chickens, and eye/rib roast beef. The rack is pure garbo, but it does make a hell of a chicken. And cats really like watching it. Remember, JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT!
>implying a tripfag has contributed anything, ever, to /ck/, let alone OC
>Remember, JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT!
>Instructions explicitly point out to NEVER leave it unattended while in use.
Ron Popeil you LYING BASTARD
Those tongs are used to lift the grate or some shit
NOT FOR FOOD
It's plenty safe because the weight of the thing and the lip of the tong or object locks the thing in place forget how to explain it, it just works
Hey moot, if you're actually here, listen up.
Next time you see hiro, take off one of your mittens and bitch slap that guy across the good side of his face.
He spent a week here before tucking tail and running for the hot springs, and things have since devolved into complete anarchy.
In retrospect, you were always there for us.
How's that Griswold working out for you?
Those tongs aren't for food, I've seen them in a lot of chinese kitchens for removing bowls and plates that were used for steaming. Pic related.
Not sure why it would be included in a halogen oven, though. Are you supposed to put a whole plate in there?
As an aside, my girlfriend's mom had one of those and she loved it. It also lasted a few years before the bulb burnt out. I'm thinking that your prize was probably old and had been banging about before it was given to you.
Halogen ovens are pretty good for people in small apartments that don't have an oven (like me, though I use a different style convection oven) or people that often make small meals that don't justify the cost of gas and time that heating up a full-sized oven entails.
Speaking as someone who used halogen ovens as part of their job, these things normally last a good long time without needing replacement parts - I went 4 years without needing to replace anything on the one I used.
They're a pretty nice bit of kit if you're pressed for space, but you've really got to adjust the way you cook things - veggies in particular, if you want to roast them alongside meat, need to spend the last 10 mins of their cooking time at the top of the oven to crisp up properly.
That said, I've done cupcakes, pastries, kebabs, mixed grills and such without too much fuss. Just takes a bit more maintenance. If you ever get it repaired, one thing that's vital is keeping the fan and bulb as clean as possible.
not a fire hazard, but the batter will get blown off and it won't fry properly. The reason it works is because the top is a huge fan that pushes hot air through the basket really, really fast. If you keep that in mind in your choice of ingredients then it can be very useful.