[CnD] The RangeMate is pretty handy, sometimes
lisab12 at frontier.com
Fri May 29 01:00:02 EDT 2015
My mom got me one of these from QVC, only it's round and has a silicone
insert I can use to steam veggies. There's also a 4 cavity silicone muffin
pan that comes with it.
So far I really like mine. I've made meat loaf, hamburgers, several types
of chicken and have steamed vegetables with no problem.
It is tricky to figure out cooking times, even though the microwave wattage
used in their manual is an 1100 watt and that's the same as mine, so there's
been some trial and error.
Still, it does a good job with browning things and you really can make a
grilled chese that's crispy on both sides. You'd never know it was cooked
in a microwave.
lisab12 at frontier.com
missktlab1217 at frontier.com
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From: "Alex Hall via Cookinginthedark" <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>
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Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 4:49 PM
Subject: [CnD] The RangeMate is pretty handy, sometimes
My grandmother is constantly buying random things she sees on TV that will
"help" me in the kitchen. Very rarely do they prove to be anything more that
Ebay fodder, but there are exceptions.
The RangeMate (www.rangemateusa.com) is one. It claims to let you cook
hamburgers, chicken breasts, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and so on, all in
the microwave. Aside from flipping halfway through, you need only put the
item in, put the lid on, and nuke it.
I was skeptical, but I have to admit that I've had success so far. My
hamburger was good, my grilled cheese nicely done, my quesadillas (once I
got the cooking time down) quite tasty… I expected a different taste or
texture, in the same way food in a slow cooker can taste more steamed than
one would like. This wasn't the case, though. The website lists a lot more
recipes--muffins, oatmeal, eggs, and more--but I haven't tried them yet.
The RangeMate is a large rectangle made from plastic. The long sides are
slightly convex and sport small handles. Inside, you have a grill pan,
complete with the ridges that will give things grill marks. The plastic
sides extend above the pan a few inches, until terminating in a rubber ring
that goes around the inner perimeter. The lid, which has a knob-like handle
on top, rests on that rubber. It just sits there, no locking mechanism or
anything. Once you put your food on the pan and put the lid on, you place
the entire contraption in the microwave and hit 'Start'. As I said, you'll
have to flip your meal partway through cooking; the small size of the
RangeMate can make this a bit of a challenge, but I doubt most people would
have a problem.
If you've been considering one of these, or have never heard of it, my
personal--and still somewhat limited--experience is that this thing does
what it says on the box. Give it a try, especially if you have a
glass-topped stove or can never get the timing right when cooking something
in a pan.
Have a great day,
mehgcap at icloud.com
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