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I bought a Remoska mini oven about 5 years ago. I'd read a lot about them, but couldn't believe that such an old-fashioned-sounding bit of kit could possibly do half the things I'd heard about them. My very practical engineer husband didn't believe a word he'd heard about them either. Finally, somebody I trusted assured me that everything I'd heard was true, so off I went to my local Lakeland shop to buy one, along with the book of recipes - there's a small booklet included in the box, but there aren't all that many recipes in there.
Having got my Remoska home, I cooked some chicken pieces for supper - absolutely tender and delicious! The non-stick pan cleaned extremely easily too! Next day I cooked some salmon, with a sprinkle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a little grated ginger - it was better than it had ever tasted in my normal oven. I was hooked!
I bought a second Remoska for our place in France, as it gets very hot indoors there, and in summer I never use my oven as I don't want the place to get even hotter. I place my Remoska on a table on the terrace, plug it in and cook out there. Neighbours were amazed at my 'pan/cooker' at first, but when they realised how easy it is to use and tasted the cooking from it, they were converted!
As well as producing lovely meals, you can cook or bake just about anything in your Remoska that you would in a normal oven, but on the worktop - and the cost is pennies, as opposed to the amount it costs to use a normal gas or electric oven, as it uses such a small amount of electricity. So you save as well as producing food with locked-in flavour.
I love my Remoska.
The Remoska is an electric mini oven with the heat coming from the lid.
There are three parts; the base which holds the metal pot in which you cook, and the lid. The lid is the part that plugs in to the mains and the on/off switch is located on the lid's handle.
THere are no temperature controls, but it honestly is a case of 'one size fits all'- the temperture works well whatever you cook, from yorkshire puds and stews, to cakes and even bread.
I've had one for about 5 years now and use it regularly. I've got the deep pan which is great for roasting chicken alsong with all the veg that I just tumble under and around the bird....
I suppose I use it a lot for roasts - pork comes out particularly well....I just love the fact that I can shove everything in one pan and, not only does it come out tasting delicious, but I only have one tin to clean...what a dream!
THere are plenty of recipes online, but there is a nice little cookbook also available, if you wish to buy one (it does not come with the machine).
I was given the Remoska as a gift and was pretty skeptical at first, but my estimation of this rather simplistic machine went from strenght to strength. Living in Spain, with summer temperatures sometimes in the 40s, it's nice to be able to still cook hot food (salads get a bit boring after a while) as all I do is take it out on the balcony...that way we can take the cooking outside and eat al fresco!
The Remoska is available from lakeland and there are two sizes - a two litre, 470 watt standard size suitable for 2 to four people and a larger 4 litre and 650W one suitable for up to 6 people, depending on appetites!
The standard size uses 80% less electricity than a conventional oven - making the Remoska very economical and I know many who take it on camping trips where electricty is available, but cooking facilities are limited.
Machines are available from Lakeland and can be purchased online or in store. You'll pay between 100 and 120 pounds depending on the size you choose - the accessories available, such as the cookbook, aditional deep or shallow pans and pizza racks are very affordable.
This is one kitchen gadget that really should stay on the kitchen counter where it is sure to get plenty of use!
THanks for reading, I hope you find the review useful.
I have owned a Remoska now for about 3 years. The main thing that attracted me to looking for an electric mini oven was the fact that if you are cooking just one or 2 items in the oven at the moment then it will help to cut your energy bills. Also, when you are using the oven to cook for just one or 2 people on a regular basis then it doesnt make sense to put the oven on, so I use the mini oven instead.
I wouldnt say you can rely on a mini electric oven for everything - I still use the conventional fan assisted oven for Sunday roasts etc. Also, baking cakes is one of the weak points to the Remoska. I think that this is perhaps because it doesnt get hot enough at the start for cakes and pastry. Some puddings it does exceed expectation with is rice puddings and crumbles. Lakeland really do have a great product here that will last a long time and is reliable for cooking a variety of foods.
The Remoska cooks food through the lid. The lid is basically the heat source and so when you do remove the lid to stir your food it can be extremely hot. I cant say I have anything else negative to say about this product - many mini ovens have the base as the heat source. Also, there is just a simple on/off button, there are no temperature guages. Some may find this difficult for working out for how long to cook meat etc. and I would think some people wouldnt cook meat on it for this very reason. I dont find this a problem, however. According to Lakeland, which sells the product, the energy saving is up to 80% which is difficult for any homeowner to judge because obviously there are more than just the energy use from the cooker on your bill. I can say, though, that my energy bills have fallen, unfortunately not by 80% though!
One of my favourite things to cook on the Remoska has to be baked potatoes, a conventional oven cannot beat the Remoska for cooking spuds, and the amount of heat wasted in an oven for cooking a couple of potatoes is ridiculous. At around the £65 when I bought mine from Lakeland I would definately recommend it. Another point to make is that how many of you struggle at Christmas cooking all your various trimmings and the turkey all in the same oven and getting it all ready at the same time? The Remoska will certainly come in handy for that alone.