Product Type: Microcook Cookware
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Microcook Microwave Omelette Maker
Member Name: MelissaRuth
Microcook Microwave Omelette Maker
Date: 01/07/12, updated on 18/12/12 (90 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap. Makes a good omelette quickly and effortlessly.
Disadvantages: Doesn't allow room for much filling. Difficult to open clasp.
Just after Christmas I was browsing in our local Home Store as they had a 20% off sale. I spotted this Microcook microwave omelette maker priced at just £1 and therefore with a 20% reduction I would pay only 80p. I really enjoy eating omelettes but rarely make them as they always seem fiddly and I'm not brilliant at turning them and getting them to cook thoroughly and can end up with a messy egg mixture on the plate. And then there's the frying pan to wash up too. The omelette maker therefore leapt out at me from the shelf and was added to my other purchases in my basket.
The omelette maker is a white plastic circular dish. It is formed from one piece of plastic which is moulded to form two semi circular shallow containers connected by a hinged central section. The dish folds in half during the cooking process and is fastened at the top of the curve with a plastic clasp that hooks over the other side and there is also a small handle which enables pressure to be placed to open and close the clasp.
Whilst packaged the omelette maker is in its folded position secured by a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve is green and red with the manufacturer and product names on. There is also a photograph of a completed omelette in the mould and a plated omelette served with salad, all looking very tasty. We're told that with this gadget you can make 'superb fluffy omelettes in just minutes' and that we can expect 'quick delicious results'. Encouragingly the 'Made in the United Kingdom' logo is shown and I'm always happy to try and support products manufactured in our own country. On the reverse are instructions for use and guidelines advising that the dish should only be used in the microwave and that it can be washed in the upper rack of a dishwasher.
**The omelette maker in action**
I have followed the instructions provided on the packaging when using this. I mix an omelette mixture as I normally would, breaking two eggs into a jug with a tablespoon of milk and some black pepper. The instructions also suggest salt, but I try to limit my salt intake so leave this out. I then open up the omelette maker so that it lies flat on my work surface and pour half of my mixture into each of the semi circular sections. This then goes into the microwave, in the open position and cooks for 1 minute on high power - what a mess you'd end up with if you tried to close it at this stage when the egg is liquid. I then gently use a fork to push any uncooked egg towards the outside edges to ensure that it cooks and then cook for a further minute. Finally I add any filling that I choose - cheese, ham, onion, herbs, mushroom etc, to one side onto the cooked egg mixture and then fold the container in half with the filling on the bottom side. After another thirty seconds on full power the omelette is ready to serve. My microwave is 850 watts and the packaging does suggest that cooking times can vary with the power of the microwave.
**The pros and cons**
Since I've had my omelette maker I've eaten so many more omelettes than I ever used to. I have found that they have made a really quick and easy lunchtime snack and it really feels like they require minimal effort to make. The omelettes look much better than my hob cooked ones. They come out as a neat folded crescent shape, although they are very pale in colour with no browning which can be a little less appealing to look at, but I'm more than happy with them.
One problem that I did encounter, particularly on the first few uses was that the clasp fastening was really stiff to open, particularly when cold. It requires me to place both thumb tips under the catch with my index fingers on the handle part and apply opposing forces to lever the catch up. It is getting a little easier now, but is still not easy. Once it is warmed though it becomes much easier and I have had no difficulty opening to retrieve my cooked omelette.
I tend to have large size eggs in the house so used these. The mixture I make with two of these fits ok into the two halves of the dish, but it is quite full so you do need to be quite careful when you're lifting it into the microwave to ensure that no spills occur. Medium size eggs would probably be a better size. An issue also occurs with the amount of filling that you put in. Into the first omelette that I made I merrily added a nice large handful of cheese grated on the large setting of my grater and some herbs. After 30 seconds I opened my microwave door to be greeted by a large puddle of cheese that had escaped from the container and was lying on my glass dish in the microwave. I have subsequently gradually reduced the amount of filling and watched the excess spilt onto the plate decrease until I have now found a suitable amount to add. However, this is hardly any at all. I've found that the cheese is better if finely grated and then a few chopped pieces of ham, 1 chopped cherry tomato and that's it. I find this quite disappointing as without a hearty filling the omelette seems fairly flavourless and nothing like as tempting to eat. I have reached a compromise; I either chuck in as much filling as I like to make a really tasty omelette and accept that it will overflow and that I might have to scrape some filling back onto my plate from the glass plate back onto my omelette or I make it nice and tidily with less filling but have a pile of the filling ingredients on the side to eat along with it. Using smaller eggs should also allow more room for filling.
Washing up is still an issue, as it is with washing a frying pan, as I usually have to wash the microwave plate as well as the omelette maker. This really isn't a problem though. There doesn't tend to be any residue in the hollow areas and in a normal bowl of hot water and washing up liquid any small amounts of omelette that may be left around the rim of the maker come away effortlessly - certainly easier that any browned egg that would remain in a frying pan. It is suitable for a dishwasher but as I don't have one I haven't had the opportunity to try this. So far my one has had about ten uses and is looking as new. It seems quite robust and I suspect that the only problem that is likely to occur over time is that plastic that forms the hinged area may weaken.
These omelettes aren't as good in taste as ones made by professionals using a frying pan, but they are definitely better than my own efforts and I've enjoyed adding omelettes to my lunchtime repertoire. Even with the downsides of the tricky catch and the slightly too small area for filling I think this is an excellent addition to my kitchen. For £1 it seems excellent value for money and I would happily pay two or three times this. They are available online from Dunhelm Mill for the same price of £1 plus postage.
Summary: A cheap gadget that enables omelettes to be made easily in the microwave.