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I purchased this Remoska Mini Electric Oven from eBay for around £70. However it usually retails from £80 plus, and the Grand model £100 plus. The reason for opting for the mini version was that it was a little more affordable than the grand version, but even £80 does seem a little expensive for a mini electric oven, however in the long run I knew it would be worth it as it would cut down those hefty electricity bills caused by using our fan oven.
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What Is It?
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This is basically a mini electric oven that measures approx 9 cm in height and 21 cm deep, and has a 14 cm long handle. It has a 2 litre capacity and is able to cook a range of things using its stainless steel lid that inducts the heat and steam to cook contents thoroughly. It has a 470W and is supplied with a 250 v power supply meaning it is ideal for camping trips.
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It has a large black metal non stick tin like structure that covered by a stainless steel lid. It has metal stand that consists of four legs that prevent it from burning the surface worktops, and has an electrical power cord that travels from the large handle. The handle has the power controls located on the top, and is attached to the metal lid which is basically the sole heat conductor for cooking the contents.
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As my family mainly consists of me and my partner, and the odd visits from our relatives, I didn't see the point of using the big main oven for just one or two small dishes for two or three people. I therefore occasionally opt for using the mini oven when ever I can not only for convenience but also for saving some money on the electrical bills due to its lower power usage.
Weight & Storage
The size of the mini oven means it is fairly compact in size, making perfect for caravan trips and camping, which is made even more handy due to its 240v power supply. I have used this occasionally on caravan trips as well as using it at home and find it very easy to operate and set up. I usually store this in the garage and get it out when I want to use it, however it can easily be stored in cupboards if needed. The lid makes this mini oven a little heavy to move around and to carry around, as the lid is also attached to a chunky lid that also adds to the weight of the oven. However the oven can be lifted and moved by the lid as long as it is clicked into place and attached securely, which is simple to do.
Cooking & How Quickly It Heats Up
The power switch is located on the handle itself and therefore makes its easy to control while in use, it has one temperature setting to choose from which is 180 degrees and heats up really quickly so there is no need for preheating. The cooking process starts almost instantly and is triggered by the power that travels along to the lid and conducts the heat around the metal oven tin.
I find that it cooks food a lot faster than my fan assisted oven, as there are no time wasted waiting for the oven to heat up and is able to cook my fish and pie dishes in 15- 20 minutes, while in my fan assisted oven it would have took at least 30 to 40 minutes. This mini oven is very versatile and can cook almost anything; I have used it to cook roast potatoes which have always turned out nice and golden brown. I have cooked chicken, lamb chops, pies, vegetables, fish dishes, and bakes using this mini oven and it really does make excellent thoroughly cooked dishes that cook fairly quickly as well.
The Circular Window & Removing Lid
While it is cooking you can keep check on the progress by peeking through the circular window located on top of the lid. This is great as it means I do not have to keep opening the lid to check on the food, which can obviously slow down the cooking process. Once done the lid is easy to remove which is done via the handle, although it is worth noting that it is a little heavy and also extremely hot, so do be careful when removing the lid and try to keep hands on the handle and away from the metal lid. The handle is made for this purpose, to enable ease of lifting and closing the lid, however due to the weight of the lid it can make it a little awkward when you need to quickly place it somewhere so you can also check on the food.
Non-Stick Coating & Ideal for Small Families
The non stick coating also works as it should, roast potatoes for example don't get ruined by getting stuck to the base, instead are easy to remove with a little gentle scrape. Same with pies and pizzas etc all very easy to remove from the tin and I have not had any trouble with it sticking badly to the oven base. Slight down side is the base is a little prone to scratches and marks, but this is only a minor quibble. Also I would advice this being great for small families of 2-3, any more and it would not cook enough food for everyone. For us however the 2 litre capacity is sufficient for our small 2-3 family, and if we do have more people coming for dinner then we would need to use our main oven for larger dishes.
The mini oven is dishwasher safe, therefore the mini tin is easy enough to fit into dishwasher due its size and comes out very clean. It is fairly easy to wash by hand also, but due the heaviness of the lid etc I do prefer allowing the dishwasher to do the job for me.
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Overall this is a great mini electrical oven that makes great roast dishes, it is ideal for small families and also saves money on electrical bills in the process, it is also great for taking on camping and caravan trips. Therefore I would rate this item an impressive 5/5.
Well my wife and I are full time European caravaners and we have had a couple of remoskas, we can, like a lot of other people say it is the best thing we have purchased for our kitchen and we would be lost without it, my wife cooks all our meals in it, the food keeps its taste and cooks to a very high standard, just one complaint being on camp sites the Remoska sometimes trips the electric as I have discovered that steam goes up through the handle turns to water as all the wires are in the handle they get wet,hence it trips, this is a pain as you have to go get a man to turn your feed back on, also take the handle off and dry inside with a hair dryer, apart from this design fault it is a great bit of kit.
I am easily led. A discussion on a baking and foodie forum led to the purchase of one of these. How can a forum evoke such a purchase ? Because these aren't cheap.
Well here's the justification.
Electricity bill last Summer the please pay was three figures that I'm lucky to see on my payslip! I received an energy monitor and became totally anal about what was using what. The biggest culprit ? The fan oven. The amount of kilowatts being used resembled the three figures on the bill.
Read a few reviews, found some blogs, saw some amazing food. The selling point was the saving on electric for me. It's a 650w mini oven. That's at least half of my fan oven.
Off to Lakeland as I couldn't find anything on ebay apart from the cookbook.
As I say they are not cheap. £107 for the Grand, £88 for the standard! By my working it would pay for itself in a year, and I'm pleased to say it has.
So what exactly is it ? This description pertains to the Grand. Hard to describe. Imagine a large round non stick cake tin over a foot in diameter, 4 inches deep. Put it on a four legged metal stand so it's raised about 4 inches off the surface. On top of the cake tin fit a large lid similar to a frying pan in that it has a handle sticking out. The electrical cord leads from the end of the handle. This lid is heavy, all the elements are inside, this is the source of the heat. The one on/off switch is on the handle. Circular window in the top of the lid, supposedly for viewing. Safe to say it's not the most beautiful of kitchen appliances.
Where did it come from, what's it origins? Surprisingly it's a pre second world war gadget from the Czech Republic. It's very popular with the caravanners of the world, this scares me a bit, I'll reveal why later.
So I opt for the grand because said forum are raving about roast chicken in it. I'm nothing if not consistent. Sunday usually involves a roast chicken, find it the most economical meal of the week. Seems the standard remoska may be a bit of a squeeze.
It arrives. Trusty Lakeland have exclusive rights to this cooker, and within 48 hours it's on my kitchen worktop. No that's not quite true. It takes over my kitchen. It is big, bulky and cumbersome. Included is a neat little recipe book, with simple instructions and warnings about the lid.
What can you do with it ? Everything ! Seriously. It may look like some thing out of the 50's it may have a lot to be desired in the design and handling but it delivers. Because it has one setting a temperature of 180 degrees there's no adjusting, faffing about. All the heat is delivered from lid down, it distributes the heat through the base pan so the whole thing heats up and cooks.
You shouldn't pre heat the remoska, switching it on empty is not advisable. So my first attempt is two homemade steak pies. Just put them in and leave for 30 minutes I thought. Wrong ! Within 25 minutes they would have been done, I just caught them. This thing really heats up fast.
This presents me with first battle with the lid. You lift it up and there in your hand is a heavy circle of heat, this thing can do damage, where to put it whilst I attend to the food. I opt for the hob, turn the lid upside down so heated side is facing up. It rests on it's handle stand devised for this purpose, but is still incredibly dangerous. Hence my concern at the use of this in a caravan. Perhaps the Grand would be too big for a caravan. It's just the lid is so hot and heavy balancing it in such a restricted area...
On the Sunday I attempt the roast chicken. Everything I've heard is true, the chicken remains moist, but beautifully browned. I didn't do roasties that day, there is a lot of discussion about the roast potato in a moska. I have since tried it, wasn't impressed. Roast vegetables ? Perfect. And if you purchase the rack that sits in the pan, you can put foiled salmon, or chicken breasts in with it making a one pot meal.
Other successes. Toad in the hole - the yorkshire batter rises like a dream. Cauliflower cheese. Foiled whole fish, baked potatoes, even pizzas.
But the familys favourite has to be a form of hot pot. Any meat base ie cottage pie, beef stew, chicken casserole with vegetables, brown, season, add stock whatever on the hob. Put in the remoska, top with sliced potatoes touch of butter and seasoning. The get a round shape of foil to cover loosely for an hour. Last 20 minutes take it off to brown. There is never any left. Pasta bakes - just too easy.
Sweet tooth ? Well my cake making leaves a lot to be desired, my 12 year old son is a whole lot better than me, but even I can make moist sponges in this. Either use the whole pan or a cake tin. Again use the foil, the top browns very quickly.
Flap Jacks, superb. No sticking or greaseproof paper. Apple tart tatin (takes longer to prepare than cook and eat) rice pudding and baked apples.
It's extremely versatile.
However I do have a problem with the non-stick coating. It scratches very easily. I've been advised to buy some of those silicon sheets, haven't got round to it because shopping at Lakeland is one of those Ikea things you never buy just one thing.
Cleaning, the pan fits in my dishwasher, always comes up beautifully. But the lid. Oh dear. It has a shiny stainless steel finish on the top. Well it was shiny. It is now splattered and is a devil to get these marks off. They suggest wipe clean, well there's not much else you can do considering it's the main electrical element.
Storage, mmm. Difficult. It's big and awkward. You need a decent space for it. Mines more than out than in.
I love it, it cooks beautifully. I can overlook the awkwardness of it, but if I had younger children, less space I'd be very scared !
After reading all the great reviews on Remoska's, and trying hard to save on the electric bills, I bought one of the mini Remoska's. They are the greatest kitchen invention ever! Saving both on money and on cooking time.
I'd recommend checking out the Remoska home page ( http://www.hoorayforhomecooking.co.uk/ ) for all the best recipes and do use it to bake your bread in it comes out beautiful!
When you cook in a Remoska you get no splashes on the your worktop and unlike a slow cooker you don't have to decide what to make eight hours before you eat.
The Tefal pot is easy to clean and even after many washes it still looks like new. Plus the top just wipes down nicely with a damp cloth.
The down side's to the 'baby' remoska is that even for one person you may find it too small, great for those with only minimal storage though, and it doesn't have a glas viewing top so you have to take off the lid to check how your meal is doing. With all the Remoska's you have to be careful about the positioning when in use as the stand does get very hot and could mark your worktop.
I took the oportunity to 'upgrade' to a Standard Remoska as soon as possible as I found the size of the 'baby' a little too small as I like to cook larger batches for freezing.
Oh it's made like a tank so it should last for ever!
I had been wanting a Remoska Cooker for some time and being the bargain hunter Yorkshire man that I am, I scoured the internet auctions in hope of finding a good example. I soon realised that they were selling for nearly the same amount of money that they are sold for at Lakeland Stores. It did not take much convincing for me to redirect my custom to Lakeland. I am so glad that I did, the service is impeccable, the guarantee a class and perhaps world beating phenomenal, the customer service I received being wonderful and restorative for my faith in retailers. I am now confirmed as a happy customer who will return whenever I need to purchase other kitchen items.
Having the potential to wax lyrical until the cows come home about this wonderful store and staff, I best say a few good things about my purchase. I am aware that the Remoska Cooker seems to have a cult following, In practice I can see why. It is a marvelous invention, thrifty on the electricity (especially good with rising power prices) and it cooks food beyond my expectation of the delicious.
Being a practical man with a profound sense of versatility, it fits my character and lifestyle needs perfectly. My advise, shop from Lakeland and if you need a eco cooker buy a Remoska, disappointment will not present itself to you, but I am sure satisfaction will.
PS. In addition you also get a free gift from Lakeland for spending over £60. I choose the Beech Utensils as they compliment the Remoska perfectly.
I have had the Standard Remoska for about three weeks now and would not be without it. My main oven is becoming almost redundant because the Remoska can cook anything that you would normally put in the main oven, under the grill or in the frying pan. The only thing it won't do is boil.
It is basically a round pan which sits in a stand; the element is in the lid so all you do is place the food in the pan, put the lid on, switch it on and leave it to cook in the same way and for the same amount of time you would use your main oven or grill. It is not much heavier than a normal largish saucepan; the lid is the heaviest part. It is not a slow cooker so will not speed up your cooking but it produces great results. It is a very well engineered, well-crafted but simple design using excellent materials and, since I have purchased mine, I have barely used my main oven so saving on energy costs which, these days, are going through the roof. I can't praise it highly enough!
The Baby Remoska is ideal for a single person, the Standard just right for 2-4 people but, for a larger family, the Grand is the best bet.
The gadget (each one is individually made because there is no factory) uses very little power; this was the main reason I wanted one - to help me keep the energy costs down in these days of rising prices. The Remoska comes with its own basic recipe booklet but there is a proper cookbook which can be purchased from Lakeland. There is also a very good website which has tips, advice and Remoska recipes available. You can find this when you log on to Lakeland's own site.
Lakeland is the only retailer to sell the Remoska and the price varies from £49.99 for the Baby, £79.99 for the Standard and £99.99 for the Grand; these prices may seem high but I find I use mine almost every day, sometimes more than once, and I am sure it will pay for itself in reduced energy costs in no time. Lakeland also sell accessories to go with it but I am managing without for the time being.
Besides producing perfect results with anything from cakes and bread, to risotto, Shepherd's Pie, rice pudding and roast chicken, it is a doddle to clean because you only need to wash the main pan which has a high quality non-stick interior. The outside just needs a quick wipe over with a damp cloth. This is a real bonus when you consider how much we all hate cleaning a main oven.
All in all, this is one of those gadgets that won't end up in the back of a cupboard and I thoroughly recommend it.
What is a Remoska? It is a very clever gadget that works like a cooker using a fraction of the electricity. It looks like a large pan but the clever thing it that it has an electrical element built into the lid which gives off heat so once you put the lid on the base and switch on the whole pan heats up. Because the element is in the lid and not the base it works by radiant heat which means not only can you cook a joint of meat in it - you can also use it to bake cakes, bread and in fact anything else you would cook in a traditional oven. The big advantage is that because you are just heating the pan it works on much less power than a traditional cooker (the standard Remoska rated at just 450w). Developed in the Czech republic it is on sale over here at Lakeland Ltd and from what I can gather they are very popular amongst Lakeland customers.
The Remoska comes in three sizes, the Baby, the Standard and the Grand and the one I own is the Baby. The Standard and the Grand both have a glass vision panel in the lid - the Baby doesn't but so far I haven't found that to be a disadvantage.
Do they work?
Yes they do! - I do love gadgets and there is always a danger in my kitchen that I buy something and then it ends up in a cupboard gathering dust but somehow I don't see this happening with the Remoska. It seems to perform well with most tasks I would use the oven for. I tested it out with a baked potato and that was just great - I love baked potatoes but rarely cook them as it isn't worth putting the oven on just for one. It was just so simple was cooked beautifully crispy on the outside and soft inside. I then got ambitious and decided to try a cake - and guess what - it worked! It would have helped if I had read the instructions and realised that with a cake they suggest that you put foil on top for the last 15 minutes to stop it scorching on the top! But my little Baby Remoska coped very well with a cake.
I had a go with par baked bread and that came out perfect and garlic bread is equally easy. You can cook all sorts of meat dishes in there which seem to stay moist on the inside and don't dry out. There are a few recipes in the instruction book but there are also specialised books available for Remoska cooking and you can experiment and make up your own. Suggestions in the book include putting separate foil parcels of veg, fish and potoatoes in there and cooking them altogether which sounds like an excellent idea when cooking meals for one.
Is it easy to clean?
Indeed it is - in fact it couldn't be simpler - the base pan just lifts off the stand and you can put in straight into the bowl and wash it. It is Teflon coated so it comes clean easily. The lid just needs a wipe over - that too is Teflon coated on the inside and because the electrical element is totally enclosed there is nothing fiddly just a smooth Teflon surface. Obviously you can't immerse the lid in water because of the electrical element but it is so easy clean you shouldn't need to.
How much are they?
Well they aren't cheap I am afraid and with Lakeland being the sole supplier over here there is only one place to buy them. The prices currently are as follows:
Baby Remoska £49.99
Standard Remoska £79.99
Grand Remoska £99.99
Personally I baulked at the thought of paying £79.99 for a 'gadget' which was why I bought the Baby and, as I think it primary use will be in cooking meals for one, it is very adequate for that and I don't feel I shall miss the extra space. The Baby has a 300w element which is pretty frugal so my single baked potato will seem like less of an extravagance. The Standard is a 450w and the Grand 650w
This is an ideal product for anyone living alone who doesn't want to use the whole cooker, it would be great to take in a caravan providing you can connect to mains supply, handy for students on a tight budget and for pensioners for the same reason I imagine. It is also good for a family if you go for one of the larger sizes.
So far it hasn't let me down with anything I have tried to cook in it although you do need to experiment a little to get used to it. I have now had mine for 15 months and it is still in regular use and it hasn't let me down yet.
The brochure says its operating temperature is 180 degrees and there is no temperature adjustment so you need to be aware of that. I generally switch it off a little while before the end of the cooking time and benefit from the heat that is retained in there continuing the cooking process. It does get very hot on the outside during cooking so if you have small children you should be aware of that and put it in a safe location when you are using it. There is a stand which you use when cooking which protects your worktops and a handy stand on the lid so that you don't put it down with the element on the worktop. Bear in mind that cooking times will be similar with the Remoska to those with a conventional oven - it is not fast like a microwave so don't buy it for speed.
Overall I am very happy with my Baby Remoska - I purchased mine online from Lakeland Ltd as there was no postage to pay and it saved me the trouble of carrying it home. It is going to change my way of cooking from now on and widen the range of foods I cook now that I can have oven cooking without the high cost.
I have now been using my Remoska for about 15 months and I must say I love it - it is just so handy and I find myself eating much more 'proper' food rather than relying on the microwave quite so much. You can bake pies in it very easily and scones also come out well - I hadn't done much baking in years but small batches of scones are so quick and easy. I have also used it for roast potatoes and for Yorkshire puddings. There seems to be nothing that I can't cook in it that I would previously have used the oven for - the big plus is that using the Remoska costs a fraction of the cost of using a traditional oven. Being small the pre-heating time is minimal and in use it is frugal in its need for electricity. As I type this I am cooking roast potatoes for my evening meal and will put the Yorkshire pudding in there very soon - mmmmmm!
I was looking for Remoska and then bought a Bravoska from www.headings.co.uk I then It was cheaper and more functional. The best point is that not only can you use it like an oven, but also like a pan. Then the heating goes from the top like an oven, or from the bottom like a pan. I can also set the temperature from 60 to 260 degrees C with the thermostat that is included.
We have three Remoskas in our family and are about to have a fourth. I have one in the UK, two (normal size and big one) in the Czech Republic and now my daughter wants her own.I can't imagine life without one. Everything cooks brilliantly in it, including scones, cakes etc, it's cheap to run and you never need to worry about the food once it's in and on. Brilliant!
Remoska or Bravoska? Looking for Remoska but bought Bravoska from www.headings.co.uk Great and cheap. It can be used in 2 positions (pan or oven, when heating goes from bottom or top). With a thermostat to set up the temperature from slow to fast cooking. Very good design. I have small size, but there is also a large size for a big family. Can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Multifunctional and nice. I recommend it.
The Bravoska is similar to the Remoska and a bit bigger than their Grand version. The regulator is useful as you can set the temperature and the heat source can be used above or below depending on whether you are baking or roasting. It does everything an oven can do and needs little fat in cooking, making it a healthy option. Cheap to run and the price is very good. Also a good size to use as a bread oven.
They sell on Ebay for £64.99 which is cheaper than the Remoska and I havn't found anything negative about it.
I have only had it a month and use it constantly. I would recommend to anyone.
I thought my husband was mad when he said he'd ordered a Remoska - I thought he'd finally gone mad and ordered himself a Russian bride over the internet! But no, he'd bought a cooker. Well a pan thing on legs to be precise. I still thought he was mad when he told me it had set him back the best part of £50. I thought he'd bought a really expensive mutant saucepan! But low and behold, we've used it and used it until we've finally killed it - and we're thinking about buying the larger size that Lakeland sell next time.
heat up ready meals
cook joints of meat
make jacket potatoes
to just name but a few!
You bung the pan in the dishwasher and hey presto you're ready to go again. it uses hardly any electricity, cooks evenly and sits on a worktop. If you've got a child off to uni soon, buy one now. If you get one for yourself you won't regret it, I promise