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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.

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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