When LG offered me their NeoChef Microwave with Smart Invertor Convection Oven to try out, I wondered why I'd want to spend my time on this, considering I had a perfectly good microwave capable of
making dinners heating up Woolies meals.
But, never one to turn down good tech, I researched a bit, and found out that this the NeoChef was not just a defroster and heater, but a baker, cooker, air-fryer and roaster. And therefore, the ultimate appliance to make me look like Martha Stewart, or just conveniently feed my family things other than Woolies meals.
The NeoChef was also the glimmering hope that I could prepare great meals in minutes, because I don't really have or make the time to create fantastic meals in the oven or pan after getting home from work after five (sometimes later), bathing the kids, supervising homework, blogging, and trying to spend time with any member of the family while not busying with something else at the same time.
I know I'm not the only mom with dinner and timing dilemmas, but it just explains how excited I was to have something that could potentially help me create something better – and quicker.
Here are some of the rave points about the LG NeoChef:
- There's something called the linear power control, which you can set to between 300 to 1,200 watts to evenly cook or defrost food all the way through
- The maximum power is 1200 watts, while most other microwaves are 1000 watts. This allows you to cook or heat up dishes faster than other models.
- There's an LED lamp, three times brighter than the average microwave, which gives you a bright and clear view of what's happening
- There's a healthy fry option that uses an air fry method of cooking, reducing or eliminating the need to use oil
- There's an Anti-Bacterial EasyClean Coating, which makes cleaning the microwave easy. The coating also makes it harder for contaminants to take root
- It has a hexagonal stable turntable that offers increased stability with its six points of support
- There's a child safety lock, a quick-start button, a pull-down door and a touch and dial controller
- The modes include Inverter Cook (8 menus), Healthy Fry and Steam (8 menus), Roast & Bake (8 menus), Slow Cook & Warm (4 menus), Inverter Defrost (4 menus – meat, poultry, fish, bread), Popular Menu (8 menus) and Sensor Cook (6 menus)
- Sleek and lovely design
Tips for usage:
– The NeoChef gives guidelines on what menu setting to use, and for how long. This is obviously useful, especially if you, like me, have only ever reheated or defrosted things in the microwave. Or baked that potato.
– Don't be afraid. I was very nervous at first of finding the setting to crisp up my leftover pizza without worrying about sogginess, but the convection oven setting did a brilliant job.
– Experiment with different options – you can grill food after you've roasted it, or you can use combi-cook to cook quickly from the inside out like a normal microwave while at the same time getting that browning effect you normally only get from an oven.
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