As we celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary today I think back to our very first home together, how little we had yet how proud and happy we were. We shopped with great care, spending our hard earnt money on a fridge, a washing machine and a microwave oven for our rental home that was old and empty but filled with love. For months we ate at a fold-out camping table, wobbly and rusty but we didn’t care or notice because we had eacother.
Eight years, three houses and four babies later our love is stronger than ever but sadly the same can not be said about some of our appliances. While our relationship is solid as a rock our fridge and microwave have become unreliable and started to rattle, stutter and shake so I knew the end was in the sight. In our household we use our microwave oven a lot; the microwave takes care of defrosting food, warming leftovers, preparing baby meals and heating milk and the oven cooks my lasagna, roasts the potatoes, bakes yummy birthday cakes and so much more, it was time for a replacement (the microwave I mean, not the hubby!).
Developed by the experts at Panasonic the brand new NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven (RRP $769, 1000W) is a multifunctional design that allows you to microwave, defrost, bake, grill, roast, steam and cook healthy, delicious meals for your family and all of that in one very clever kitchen appliance.
From the outside the glossy black unit looks modern, sleek and compact, a world of difference from my bulky old white microwave oven. But don’t be fooled by its size, the Panasonic NN-DS592B actually offers a generous 27 litre capacity. Thanks to the flatbed design you can use rectangular trays and capitalise the entire space, in fact the cooking area is equivalent to a 44 litre traditional microwave with a round turn table! It’s so nice to have a neater, smaller unit without having to give in on capacity, after all as a family of six we need all the space we can get.
Call it lazy but I usually leave instruction manuals to my husband, he (surprisingly) enjoys the read and gives me a quick demo afterwards which works well for both of us. Luckily for me the Panasonic Microwave Oven is designed to be quick and easy, it comes with 22 auto menus for all your family favourites like roast chicken, jacket potato, fresh pizza, steamed fish and more. Add to that an easy-to-read, back lit LCD display, just 9 clearly marked buttons to press and 1 knob to turn and you can see why I even I could manage this new addition to our kitchen.
The most important feature of the Panasonic Steam Combi Microwave Oven is the steam function which will help you cook healthier meals and maintain more flavour, moisture and important nutrients in your food. At Panasonic they understand that all people, meals and foods are different so they allow you to pick the perfect combination to suit your personal taste and dish: grill and steam, microwave and steam, grill and microwave, convection and steam, it’s up to you! The water reservoir/drawer is conveniently located at the front and is easy to fill.
So far we have used our microwave for an array of ordinary uses like heating milk for coffee and hot chocolates, reheating left overs and warming baby food and it works a treat. All it takes is a turn of the dial to select the heating time, easy as pie. I particularly love the sensor reheat function, you simply set the ideal heat for your dish (very handy for baby food/milk) and the microwave works out how long to warm it for, how clever! We also really like the way the steam defrost combination delivers food that is defrosted all throughout, no icey lumps on the inside. The special Inverter technology ensures continuous heating so that food is cooked more evenly than in an ordinary microwave.
We have been busy testing out the auto menus including a Sunday afternoon roast beef and jacket potatoes for a quick kid friendly meal, it’s always good to have some hassle free dinners on hand for busy days and these are just one click away. Using the auto menu for roast beef a 1kg roast takes around 35 minutes, it’s only a short wait and if you like your meat a little rarer you can be done even quicker. If you have hungry kids to feed the auto menu jacket potatoes are a guaranteed hit, so easy to make and they are delicious! This week I decided to make a batch of cinnamon rolls to test the super handy fermenting setting to help the dough rise (a life saver if you have no warm spots or sunny window sills) and it worked brilliantly, the end result was just scrumptious and the kids gave it the thumbs up too.
One of the biggest plusses of the Panasonic NN-DS592B is how easy it is to clean. The interior of the microwave features a convenient wipe-clean, non-stick lining all around the sides and bottom, just grab a damp cloth and wipe it out. Thanks to the steam function the inside stays more humid and spills don’t dry as quickly (no need for harsh scrubbing), there is even an auto-clean function. Less time spent on cleaning gives me more time to do the things I enjoy, double win!
The Panasonic NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven comes complete with glass tray, metal tray, wire rack and the innovative double grill tray which allows food to be cooked from both sides.