Wolfgang Puck Countertop Baker?
Would love to hear what everyone is thinking on this one. At first I was thinking, electric skillet, but I see the heating element is on top and bottom. I’m interested. Anyone?
Has anyone yet found the perfect material for cleaning the inside of the lid? I get very impatient having to be so careful not to bump the element.
How was WP able to cook almost everything at 450 degrees with no smoke during the demonstrations? I’ve been trying different foods and simply can’t set it at 450 without smoke. There was also a tremendous amount of smoke during my initial coatings burn-off. Makes me wonder if the thermostat is iffy and the temperature is actually going higher than 450.
I think WP has come up with a truly innovative design here and predict that by next Christmas there will be 100 knock-offs on the market. I want to keep this but foresee a long period of learning and experimentation.
I’ve had the Puck baker for 3 days. Even if a pan says non stick i coat it with olive oil and i have had great luck with the deep dish pan. Ist day was frozen broccoli and frozen brauts. 2nd day was 4 eggs with cheese on top. 3rd day was roasting chickpeas from a can. Everything slid out and cleanup was pretty much a quick rinse. The frozen stuff of course took a while cause it was straight from the freezer. Today trying frozen veggie burgers with a bag of frozen, cutup potatoes. I am anxious to try 2 ingredient flat bread on the pizza pan.
I probably over rotate the pan but that might help also. A small wooden spoon head fits just right in the two slots to spin the pan. Also the spoon is good to use one of the slots to lift up the pan to make it easier to grab with something heat proof. That pan gets HOT.
The hinge on the unit is wobbly but the lifted lid stays up ok. It took a few minutes to trust that it would.
Very little smoke from anything except the 1st day heating element break-in..but i always cook on the deck outside. I do use a wooden cutting board underneath the cooker cause it feels like the unit might get pretty hot underneath it. If somebody sold a more robust version of this baker i would take a look but i am very happy with the purchase. I have been looking for a long time for something that would let me broil outside on the deck.
Just tried it I have been trying to clean the pan for about 10 minutes it still isn’t coming clean
So much for non stick!
Okay…..received this and used it this past week several times. Sooo disappointed. Felt it took too long to cook items. Don’t know why I had to use temperature of 450 for almost all I tried. Really wanted to like this for pizza so I wouldn’t have to turn on the oven, but I don’t want “just for pizza” large kitchen appliance. I agree with others who felt it didn’t seem like a quality built item. Guess I’d say it just didn’t WOW me for the pricing and space it takes up on my kitchen counter. Afraid I will be packing this up and returning next week. I would like to see this in a better quality metal, improved surface finish on the accessory trays for easier cleanup, and better temperature control. Probably would have a cover over the top cooking element to ensure easier cleaning, too. I wanted to leave this review on the item page, but it’s saying I had to have bought it to be able to leave a review. Maybe they knew I’d be sending it back!! hahaha
Came here to give a review since the HSN gods says I need to wait 5 days before I can post a review there.
I Got it Saturday. Yesterday did some HUGE stuffed mushrooms and it did very well with that. Then tried some breaded chicken tenders. Had it set for 400 for 15 min but breading wasn’t browning or crisping. Cranked it up to the 450 and spritzed some oilive oil spray on the chicken for another 10 min. While the chicken breading did crisp and brown the 25 min total time was too long and the tenders came out a little dry but still tasty and had nice crunch. Gonna play with the timing/temp next time.
Had only a smell, no smoking during the 20 min burnoff. The lid does stay up for me when removing or adding food or the trays. I had the perforated tray inside the solid tray for both dishes and cleanup was no problem. No sticking, staining, burning. He should have included some kind of tool to remove the trays as it is tricky when hot. I use small tongs which work well.
I am not a kitchen gadget person but this old bird needs some new tricks, lol, so I thought I would give this a try. It will get a good test on Easter as to if its a keeper. Got his spiralizer when it was on and it is quite good. Had no problems with that and use it once or twice a week.
Look for my review posted to Kitchen and Food titled Lots of smoke.
Not used to new community posting .
I made my first breakfast…1/2 pound of bacon for 10 minutes at 350, spread out to cover the pan in oil, then pushed to the side and added hash browns and veggies….same time again….made room for the 2 eggs in the middle, upped the temp to 450 for 10 more minutes and added 2 slices of buttered bread sitting on top the bacon…..So bacon and hash browns were perfect…eggs were like poached, probably cooked too long and toast was a fail- like warm buttered bread! It was good but still in the learning stage and it did take to long (1/2 hour)…As Jersey girl said, clean up is a problem…This is not like a pan in a air-fryer which is easy to clean but more like a thin pizza tray that gets marks on it after a few uses….I see marks already that are kinda burnt in even after soaking. The lid was splattered with grease but did come off with a warm sponge and that could be another problem! And the thing is big… if sitting on your counter when you open it you better have room above it! I will try a few more meals and give another update later.
We received the Wolfgang Puck electric baker and Marian Getz cookbook today. We followed instructions in the manual to set it up by running it for 20 minutes at 450 , without the pans so it could clean the residue from the heating elements. I hand washed both pans. My husband prepared the Garlic Chicken and Roast Vegetables from the book. He removed the chicken after 17 minutes and the vegetables at 26 minutes when the potatoes were done. The dish was delicious.
I know it was said many times that clean up would be a breeze and the pans are nonstick. Cleanup was not a breeze. It took me quite some time to scrub the pan with my dobie pad.
We’ll give it another try and hope for an easier clean up. If there’s no improvement it will be returned.
We got ours on Friday and sent it back on Saturday. If all you are cooking is pizza, it might be okay. There is no cooking whole baked potatoes in it. And the popping of grease from meat etc would definitely be a headache to clean up. Before we even tried it, it was back in the box. I hate that we have to pay shipping back on it. Next time that little voice says “NO”, I am going to listen.
I should be receiving mine tomorrow (04/06) and will let y’all know what happens! I plan to first try and cook some tilapia fish with some veges possibly … (As of this time, I did not purchase Marian’s cookbook for this baker. I may look into it if I love and keep the countertop baker.) Wish me luck! 😉
Also….i wonder if there is good rule of thumb for when to preheat the Puck baker? I assumed always preheat but looking at the recipes from the sneak peek at Marian Getz’s cookbook that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Waiting on delivery of the Puck Countertop Baker (4/20/17). I was hoping for separate controls for top and bottom heating elements…..but if i wanted to cook something from the bottom element longer surely it wouldn’t hurt to cook with the lid open for a while?
I bought a Pizza Oven a couple of weeks ago from Evine – it’s the one that looks like a pizza box. Very similar to this, except this is larger and taller. I love the Pizza Oven and will get Marian’s book for this item to be able to get some ideas. The cool thing about the one I have is that it has a little window to see the pizza, etc turning and baking.
For those that purchased this…please come back and let us know how you like it after you put it through some recipes.
I’m sure others will be very curious about your thoughts, as I will be.
I ordered it…Last week I ordered (from the Q) a electric skillet and it was so cheaply made you could actually bend the pan by hand, so back it went! I was looking for the one pan perfect everyday use for everything pan! I kinda got sucked into the cookin ease and the perfect pizza baker so hopefully, this will fit my needs! I’ll let you all know my thoughts!
I watched the demos for this little appliance and am passing on it. I also love kitchen gadgets and WP but I think it would be a novelty for a time and relagated to a shelf somewhere in the basement. It looks like the inside top cover would soon get spattered and would be difficult to clean. Also I noticed that you could see on the big cookie right where both elements were. Those areas were definetly darker than the rest of the cookie. The plus is the temperature dial and the window. I am looking forward to reviews on this little cooker.
I do have many other WP appliances, in fact bread is now proofing in the breadmaker. I will be using the PC tomorrow as well as the big rice cooker.
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04.19.17 3:24 PM