Kitchen appliance first look reviews Easy Cook 737 health oven
The Easy Cook claims to be a portable health oven that has all the advantages of a traditional oven but at a fraction of the price – so perhaps one to consider for campers and caravanners.
Apparently, you can cook almost anything in the Easy Cook 737 health oven, from a full roast dinner to a chocolate sponge cake. It also claims to cook food faster and cheaper than conventional cooking, saving you up to 75% of the cost. We got one in to take a quick look and let you know our first impressions.
Easy Cook health oven
The Easy Cook oven uses a high-speed fan that draws up and circulates air, which is heated as it passes over a high heat element Easy Cook claims that the circulation of hot air cooks and browns food quickly and naturally.
The oven is fairly simple to use: you plug it in, place your food inside, place and lock the lid, set the temperature and time - and you’re away. It’s a fairly decent size and weight - slightly larger than a deep fat fryer.
The cooking element is on the heavy lid - and it gets extremely hot when in use. There’s a handy lid stand hooked on the cooker’s side, but it leaves the hot element outwards, so watch you don’t burn yourself.
The instruction and recipe booklet tells us that the best place to start with the EasyCook is with a roast chicken. So we did, according to the instructions. We cooked a 1.1kg chicken and some carrot sticks. We pre-heated the oven for six minutes, then placed in and roasted the chicken on the ‘roast’ setting for 44 minutes - adding the carrots after 20 minutes.
The end result was a succulent, well-browned crispy chicken and roasted carrots. A chicken of the same size would take around an hour to cook in a conventional oven, so the EasyCook was a little quicker.
According to EasyCook, roast chicken is just the tip of the iceberg. It provides instructions to grill, dry-fry, bake, roast, steam, poach and slow cook anything from chops, steaks, loaves of bread, pies, fried breakfasts and chips, to fish, pizzas, casseroles, stews and quiches.
We haven’t tried out these many tasks, so we can’t comment on them, but we liked how well it roasted a chicken in a shorter amount of time than in a normal oven.
The EasyCook 737 health oven is available online at www.easycookoven.co.uk for £149.
Pros: Could be a versatile kitchen appliance - great for camping or as an alternative for an oven/grill in a small kitchen.
Cons: A little heavy, element is exposed whilst sitting in the lid stand