As my family and friends would attest, even though I’m a big fan of food, and an expert at the consumption thereof, I’m not much of a cook. However, when Sharp approached us to produce a segment on their new Steamwave oven, they insisted on showing how easy it was to cook tasty dishes by having me prepare a savoury dish and a dessert dish. What’s more, we captured it all on film, eventually ending up with enough footage to create the product segment, as well as a cooking guide for a pineapple upside down cake.
Steam cooking has some great benefits, and Sharp has managed to integrate genuine steam cooking into a standard size microwave oven. Steam cooking retains natural food nutrients, colours and flavours, and takes away the need for using oil. It’s clean as well – no smoke, no oil stains.
While we were cooking, we did discover a couple of important things that you’ll need to keep in mind when considering this product. Firstly, because of the steam output, this microwave combo shouldn’t be recessed into a cavity – it needs an open area for the steam to dissipate. Secondly, it could be easy to overestimate cooking times for some recipes that could use other heating methods. You’ll be surprised how quickly some food will cook.
In the video below, we had a steamed fish fully cooked and ready to devour in just over half an hour. Likewise with the upside down cake, we were just licking our lips with the final pieces of that dish when the Steamwave signalled that the cakes were ready to be enjoyed.
So first, here’s the product segment, cooking the fish:
And here’s the recipe guide to the pineapple upside down cake:
It probably didn’t puff up as much as we would have liked it to, but it still tasted great. I’m no Masterchef, but if I can whip up these dishes the first time round, I can only imagine the possibilities for a seasoned cook!
What are your favourite steamed dishes? Would you use a microwave that also doubled as a steamer? Feel free to comment below.