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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.

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.

Verdigris - 18 Jan 2021 08:18:23 (#21 of 36)

Or selecting micro, when you meant to warm a plate atop a metal trivet.

Or selecting 10 seconds, instead of 10 minutes, when you're grilling sausages, as I may, or may not, have done yesterday.

bossab2 - 18 Jan 2021 09:03:58 (#22 of 36)

Same layout on mine.

Although not pressed in error.

binturong - 23 Jan 2021 21:02:21 (#23 of 36)

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

Mine isn't a full bread maker but it does have a dough proving function.

JennyRad - 23 Jan 2021 22:08:37 (#24 of 36)

Mine will both prove and bake bread, but you have to move it from one phase to the other, and it doesn't do the hard physical labour bits. It's still pretty good as multifunction devices go.

RosyLovelady - 16 Jun 2021 07:52:43 (#25 of 36)

Is Panasonic the top recommendation, then? Our old, very basic, microwave will soon need to be replaced.

Tenesmus - 16 Jun 2021 08:08:37 (#26 of 36)

Not recommended by me, as ours from new has a fault where it randomly resets itself as if the power has been cut and then the turntable slowly continues to turn even when the door is open.

RosyLovelady - 16 Jun 2021 08:15:19 (#27 of 36)


Verdigris - 16 Jun 2021 10:01:47 (#28 of 36)

Well mine has been is pretty much daily service for over a decade. My late mother's one probably older than 25 years and was still working when I cleared the house.

Dementor - 16 Jun 2021 10:07:27 (#29 of 36)

It’s the old buy cheap regularly / buy expensive conundrum.

Some people get low-end commercial ones - stainless steel throughout for cleaning, no turntable (they use extra magnetrons for even cooking), higher power, programmable memories for one-touch cooking of things you eat often …

RosyLovelady - 16 Jun 2021 10:07:28 (#30 of 36)

Which? recommends Panasonic, but I have no idea how to choose between the myriad models available, except that there's a very, very expensive one for rich consumers which can't be worth the massive difference. Or is it? You wrongmos must know.

carterbrandon - 16 Jun 2021 11:35:03 (#31 of 36)

I find that Panasonics all have the same menu structure, so they replace one another well. And when I looked at Samsungs, they had wierd presets for things nobody eats.

Gotout - 16 Jun 2021 11:42:03 (#32 of 36)

Which? recommends Panasonic, but I have no idea how to choose between the myriad models available,

I've had my Panasonic for well over 10 years, it was one of the more expensive ones (I think around £300) but it is more versatile than the more basic models.

rustygstring - 16 Jun 2021 12:14:06 (#33 of 36)

Beware the combi ovens where the heating element is at the top, it is little more than a grill and is useless for breadmaking as it will scorch the top of anything left under it for more than a few minutes. My old Panasonic has the element at the rear behind a fan and can be used in covection mode like a regular fan oven. The turntable makes it especially good for even bakes. The downside is it is a lot deeper so requires much more space

bossab2 - 16 Jun 2021 13:46:36 (#34 of 36)

Panasonics are the microwave Mielle

Dementor - 16 Jun 2021 13:50:04 (#35 of 36)

Mielle do also make microwaves, if you have money to reheat burn.

helenskywalker - 18 Jun 2021 13:11:41 (#36 of 36)

One l.

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