I have cooked food with just about every method there is; open fire, propane grill, electric, natural gas, microwave (ew) induction, convection, and now pressure cooking. I was asked to try the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven and had no problem saying YES. When it arrived I squealed at the box, giddy with excitement!
This oven is different from a toaster oven. This oven uses pressure to infuse flavor and cook in half the time. I decided the best test for this oven would be roast beef because we cook it at least once a week here.
This oven claimed to cook a roast in 50 minutes, leaving you with a juicy, mouth watering roast that is cooked just right. Me? I was used to my father in law using an ELECTRIC SKILLET to cook a roast WAY too fast and it is dry and tough. So imagine my delight when I pulled this roast out, let it rest, and then sliced…it was like buttah…
I think the thing I like about this method of cooking is that the food actually tastes like it is supposed to, without adding a million spices. Salt and pepper and maybe some fresh thyme and half a lemon is all I needed for my whole rotisserie chicken to turn out amazing…minimal cooking with maximum flavor. Yes I said that right, the machine also does ROTISSERIE!! I have made both chicken and roast on the “tis” and they were AMAZING and moist. I let the meat juices drip onto the cooking vegetables below. Because there is still 1 PPSI of pressure, the entire inside of the oven maintains the same temperature so there are no cold spots. You don’t have to use the pressure mode either, it has a regular mode that will broil, bake, rotisserie etc. too, it just takes longer.
How it Works
As a chef I love that the results are flavorful, moist and delicious. As a MOM, I love that I can cook a meal that usually takes hours, into less than one hour. This oven even cooks a smaller turkey! How cool would it be to chop 4 hours off the cooking time on Thanksgiving? We don’t ever buy jumbo turkey because we have one person allergic and 2 more adults that eat very little meat, so we can get away with a 10 pound turkey feeding everyone with minimal leftovers. I am FOR SURE cooking my turkey in this oven this year and I will get to use my regular oven for the many sides that I make. I love Thanksgiving, it really is my time to shine as a cook!
Bottom Line: This counter top sized oven takes up little room but can cook full sized meals in 1/2 the time but with all the flavor. This oven is perfect for smaller kitchens and can replace a full size oven if needed, and it does not heat up a room, which was my biggest fear. In a world where everyone wants everything faster, this little oven packs a powerful impact when it comes to home made meals made FAST.
Pros: Size, ease of use, cooks food fast without sacrificing flavor.
Cons: The pressure dial sometimes doesn’t seal so you have to put it back in for 10 minutes. That could be user error, I am known not to be flaky. Also the price is a bit up there at $299.99. I know a lot of people would say the price is astronomical but it really does replace a lot of what a full size oven does. It is quality over quantity on this one I think.