5 Minute Chef
The 5 Minute Chef is a panini style unit that you can close and seal to cook your food faster. When you use this unit your food is ready in minutes, cutting down on the time that it takes you to prepare your meals. Using this you will be able to make something filled with delicious treats or just topped with them. Make individual serving sized foods for your entire family or a party full of friends.
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- Fast Cooking
With this unit you get faster meals compared to preheating your oven. In as little as five minutes most foods can be cooked on both sides.
- Reputable Company
The Red Copper company behind the 5 Minute Chef is a reputable company which has made lots of cookware which has the same copper infusion, non stick technology.
- Recipe Book
When you place your order you get a free recipe book to accommodate the unit. This enables you to make lots of things without needing to estimate the time or ingredients.
It is easy to use. You just pour your food inside and close the lid, then wait a few minutes for it to be done.
This unit is copper infused which means it can withstand anything you do to it.
- Non Stick
You get to slide your food right off as the non stick surface makes it easy to enjoy.
- Cook Many Things
With this unit you can cook many things, which if you are only one or two people works out well. You can use it to grill chicken with vegetables on the side, steak filet, or steak wrapped asparagus. Make pizzas, omelets for breakfast, pancakes, or cakes.
While this certainly cuts down the cook time, the issue is the size. It makes foods ideally suited for one serving size. When making a steak or stuffed chicken, you can only make one filet or breast. If you make a pancake or omelet, it is a proper size for one serving, maybe two. Therefore for larger families, it might be more time consuming to make each person's food one at a time compared to just using a larger pan and making them all at once.
There are a handful of ways in which this unit saves time. First, it saves time by cooking on both sides. Cooking foods on both sides alleviates the need to flip food like omelets or pancakes. You can put the food on and then walk away without worrying about it burning or overcooking. Second, it saves time with its nonstick design. Being nonstick means you do not have to spend as much time cleaning. Instead you can just wipe it clean with a paper towel when you are done cooking.
How it's Different from Competitors
Regular frying pans will cook food the same way the red copper will. However, Red Copper 5 minute chef will cook your food evenly in a matter of minutes without any flipping, and regular frying pans cannot do this. Moreover, this unit is infused with pure copper which helps to evenly distribute heat, whereas other pans do not have this. Non stick is a more common feature among cookware today but not every frying pan is non stick, making the Red Copper 5 minute chef a slightly better option. Finally, it boasts non scratch technology that most frying pans do not. So you can use it safely with any type of spatula or fork and not worry about scratching up plastic into the food.
How to Use (Step by Step)
Mix your ingredients. This can be a mixture of pancake batter or just a steak wrapped bundle of asparagus.
Pour the mixture into the pan. Conversely, place the meat and vegetables you want prepared into the pan.
Close the lid and set the timer for the food.
When the time is up, you can take the food out with ease, then enjoy the delicious food.
You can clean up easily. After the food slides out, you just wipe it clean.
How It Works
This unit works similarly to an indoor grill or a waffle iron. Waffle irons might have raised edges and indoor grills might have grill marks, but the idea behind them is the same. The copper infusion for this evenly distributes the heat through the top and the bottom. As a result, your food is cooked evenly on both the top and bottom which reduces the time it takes to cook.
Tips & Tricks
If you are hosting a social event at your home one of the things you can do is turn your oven on low, to around 180. Doing this means the individual portions you are making stay warm while you are preparing other foods. So, for example, if you want to make six or seven pizzas or stuffed desserts, you can keep them at the perfect temperature until the others are ready and it is party time. This is also something you can use if you have a large family and are waiting for people to arrive at the dinner table.
As with all the Red Copper kitchen items, it is important to understand that the 100% pure copper used does not mean that the unit is made entirely out of copper. That only means that there is a bit of copper on the inside of the two panels to help conduct heat better. When you look at the unit you will see a copper color, but this is the not the actual copper they are talking about, it is just a copper colored coating.
- George Foreman
George Foreman has a. Next generation grill which is similar to this. You can use the grill to prepare foods on both sides with the grill lines, indoors. The difference though is that this one does not cook on the two sides, only on the bottom. Their top panel is just there to seal the unit closed for better cooking. Dishwasher safe, it is also nonstick so you get a fast and simple clean up.
- Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach has an indoor grill similar to this one which offers a chance to cook foods inside with an outdoor BBQ taste. You can use the unit to prepare lots of foods, but not omelets and pancakes like the 5 Minute Chef. Nonstick, the hinges can be taken off so that you can clean each one at a time or just grill on top without shutting the unit closed. There are different colors available if you buy this unit but they do not cut down on cooking time.
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