Ever come home, after a long day of running errands and doing...you know...that thing you do, to find that you have got less than an hour to do something with the meat you took out of the freezer, a couple of days ago?
Since, I usually forget to defrost something for dinner or am in a rush to get it done, my husband Garth (not his real name) insists maybe I'll have better luck, next time -- no, I'm not the sharpest chef in the kitchen -- thanks to the good folks at The Pampered Chef, I got a chance to redeem myself.
Not to mention, re-introduce myself to our microwave.
Like, how the heck does one cut up a whole chicken anyway?
I do not, however, have any of their cooking dishes and was very happy to accept an opportunity to try out Pampered Chef's new Deep Covered Baker:
- Bake a 5 lb. chicken or turkey breast, 4 lb. roast, casseroles and more
- Stoneware evenly distributes heat and is virtually nonporous, so it doesn't retain oils, odors or flavors
- Microwave-safe, freezer-safe and conventional oven-safe
So, I quickly put their claims to the test and set out to cook an entire dinner in the microwave...for the very first time!
The Deep Covered Baker came with recipe cards (thank you, Pampered Chef) and, since I had a 3 lb. pork roast already defrosted, I immediately flipped to the Miniature Barbecue Pork Sandwiches aaaaand:
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb.)
Dangit, foiled again -- then again, this is MY kitchen -- so, I tweaked the recipe a bit and adjusted the cooking time from 10 minutes to 30 minutes (checking every 10 minutes to make sure, just in case) and had an entire dinner prepared in less than an hour.
Even had time to drop my middle girl off at the library and pick my 10 year-old son up from a playdate.
"Aren't you afraid that the meat will dry out?"
I dunno, never cooked meat in the microwave before.
"Let me know how it turns out."
I was telling my son's friend's mom about my Pampered Chef review (because, you know, us moms talk) and explained to her that the Deep Covered Baker is actually stoneware that is "unglazed" on the inside (supposedly, distributes heat evenly and better to cook food in) and that it really couldn't be much worse...than dinner the night before.
"Wow, it actually tastes really good!"
Seriously, we were ALL pleasantly surprised at how tender and juicy the pork turned out and I may never cook dinner in the oven, again!
"Microwaves aren't very good for the environment."
Yeah, well not according to an article I read in Slate.com:
In the end...the greenest way to cook your food is the one that produces the tastiest meal.
Just so you know, there were NO leftovers and the Deep Covered Baker not only looks pretty -- it's got a glazed exterior that even my MIL would like -- it cleans up nice and easy, too...I rest my case.
In my house, glazed stoneware is the new china and Pampered Chef's Deep Covered Baker has tested to be a perfectly yummy ally in tackling our family's many dinner issues. So, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share it with you. One (1) very lucky reader will also receive a Deep Covered Baker (like mine) to try at your house, courtesy of The Pampered Chef, too.
Because, we roll like that!
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