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Started by johnarrgh on Jan 10, 2021 3:50:30 PM
How to use a combi MW/oven/grill

I have owned a a Combi MW/Oven for a few years but never really used most of the functions on it, mainly because the manual supplied with it from Ikea is very basic and not very informative. It has functions of, MW/Forced Air/Grill/ and Oven. and Combi???? Does anyone know of a book or books that would explain what each of the functions are and the best way to use them? A book with actual ideas and recipes in would be just the job.

Stellata - 15 Jan 2021 22:19:26 (#1 of 36)

I have one of these and am equally flummoxed. It’s been three years and I still don’t understand what ‘combi cook’ is or what the ‘up’ and ‘down’ arrows do, and I have yet to ‘auto defrost’ something.

Verdigris - 15 Jan 2021 22:39:56 (#2 of 36)

I love my Panasonic combi. It does most of my cooking.

Chaos defrost is a lifesaver, if you're disorganised, like me.

Fish and chips from frozen to plate in 15 minutes.

Baked potatoes (nuked and baked at the same time) 400 grams in 14 minutes, about 20 minutes for around 700 grams of spuds.

Fresh fish done in minutes and not overcooked.

I'm sure there are loads of things I haven't done with it. I certainly haven't seen the book for years. Mine just prompts me on the menu. So if you press the potato button once it says "jacket" and then prompts you for the weight; press it twice and it says "frozen" and then it prompts you to press start, to pre-heat it; when it is warmed up it will prompt you for weight.

With "combi" it asks for first process, say microwave, then you set time; then it will ask for next process, which could be convection, set time for that, and so on.

I'm sure the cookery section of Amazon books would turn something up. Otherwise look up the manual for the Panasonic online. I'm fairly sure it had a selection of useful recipes that you could figure out on you own machines.

bossab2 - 15 Jan 2021 22:42:48 (#3 of 36)

You should have bought Panasonic

It has an oven button

And a grill button

And a microwave button


And Chaos Defrost.

Stellata - 15 Jan 2021 22:44:32 (#4 of 36)

Mine is a silver-coloured Panasonic.

Verdigris - 15 Jan 2021 22:48:46 (#5 of 36)

It should be pretty much like mine, I'd guess. My mother's donkeys years old one is pretty much the same as my 10 year old one, just bulkier.

Stellata - 15 Jan 2021 22:58:14 (#6 of 36)

They ought to design a combi MW/oven/grill/breadmaker.

johnarrgh - 15 Jan 2021 23:04:34 (#7 of 36)

Ours is whatever IKEA supplies with thiervfitted kitchens. Not as explanatory as the Panasonic by the sound of it has micro, combi, grill, defrost, Mw forced air, forced air, pre heat .???

Verdigris - 15 Jan 2021 23:09:08 (#8 of 36)

This book isn't recipes, just generic principles:

crayon - 17 Jan 2021 21:58:34 (#9 of 36)

whatever you do don't start using a combi properly when you've been using it as a microwave for years. remember there might be a combustible build up of fat and dust. Mum's carers hate them.

Verdigris - 17 Jan 2021 22:01:31 (#10 of 36)

I realised how filthy mine was when I exploded some custard in it the other night. Another job on the to-do list.

carterbrandon - 17 Jan 2021 22:16:19 (#11 of 36)

I've just used mine to make rice pudding. No more tins in this house.

Verdigris - 17 Jan 2021 22:18:43 (#12 of 36)

I was using up the stash of Ambrosia from my late mother's house.

Gotout - 17 Jan 2021 22:25:03 (#13 of 36)

Does anyone know of a book or books that would explain what each of the functions are

I think the big problem is that all microwaves are different and need programming in different ways. My Panasonic is a lot friendlier and has a lot of programs in built, but then it's not a basic model.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Jan 2021 22:56:05 (#14 of 36)

What the hell is "chaos defrost"?

The cat and a table lamp?

Verdigris - 17 Jan 2021 22:57:09 (#15 of 36)

It's intermittent at lower power.

bossab2 - 17 Jan 2021 22:57:16 (#16 of 36)

A panasonic trademark I suspect.

It defrosted some bread for me earlier.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Jan 2021 23:00:03 (#17 of 36)

Did you ask it to?

Verdigris - 17 Jan 2021 23:05:28 (#18 of 36)

A good trick, in winter when the butter is hard, but you need to make a sandwich in a hurry, is to spread the butter on the frozen slices, put the slices butter side together, chaos defrost them and then bung in the filling.

elderberry - 18 Jan 2021 08:08:20 (#19 of 36)

'chaos defrost' sounds as if it's the process someone decided to apply to the UK and the US in 2016

Tenesmus - 18 Jan 2021 08:14:37 (#20 of 36)

The grill button is next to the microwave button, so try to avoid grilling a plastic bowl.

Like Mrs Tenesmus has done. Three times.

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