A quick history lesson regarding our current microwave, which we’ve had since we moved back from the UK eight years ago. Firstly, I have vivid memories of that one time we had a cockroach infestation in Joburg (don’t judge, the building was old!) and you could actually see one of those critters crawling over the little electronic numbers that light up in the timer. Anyhoo, never one to waste still-working machinery, we got that thing cleaned up and have been using it ever since (up until last week when we passed it on to someone else). It was a pretty basic machine and we only ever used it to heat up things – never for proper cooking or anything nifty.
Well, it’s clear that microwaves have come a long way. The LG NeoChef arrived with us about 10 days ago and in that time, we have been having quite a bit of fun experimenting. These are some of my favourite things about it:
- It sings to you! While most people may get excited about more useful features, I get an instant bolt of happiness and sense of achievement when the timer goes off at the end of your cooking cycle and instead of just going “ping!” it sings you a jaunty tune. It feels like the machine is saying “Well done you! You just cooked something! You are amazing, so here is a song!”.
- It can cook stuff beautifully well, not just heat up. It has something called a “smart inverter” which means it doesn’t just heat food up, it can also bake, air-fry, defrost and roast! I didn’t really believe it so I put it to the ultimate test: I got my husband to roast a chicken for our Sunday evening meal.
And you know what? I was hugely skeptical but I’d say it was just as tender and tasty as the way I normally do it in the oven, maybe even more so. It also took a shorter amount of time! The old oven we’re using takes forever to heat up, so using the LG NeoChef probably knocked off about 20 minutes of cooking and prep time. We also used it to roast tomatoes for breakfast and although they didn’t go as caramel/brown as they would in the oven, they were definitely still roasted and delicious (plus it took much less time than oven roasting would have).
- It’s powerful. It can go up to 1200 watts so you can heat up your coffee (for the third time because you keep forgetting to drink it!) super fast, and my husband’s morning routine of making a bowl of oats has got much more efficient.
- It’s pretty. It’s won a whole lot of awards for design and there’s something very pleasing about the way it opens and closes in a sleek and quiet way.
- It’s clean: It’s got all kinds of features that contribute to cleanliness including The Anti-Bacterial EasyClean Coating, which apparently makes it harder for dangerous contaminants to take root, eliminating 99.99% percent of harmful bacteria (so I’m guessing there won’t be any cockroaches around here!).
- You can even use it to make yoghurt! (disclaimer: have not tried this myself)
Being so versatile, you do need to take a quick glance at the instructions though – as there are many different settings and you need to make sure you’re on the right one, if you want to get maximum results. I’m useless at this stuff and I managed to follow these instructions totally fine, so you should be able to as well.
Thanks to LG for sending the LG NeoChef to me for review – it’s definitely upped my game in the kitchen! And even more importantly: added a jaunty song to my morning coffee;)
You can find out more about it here.
P.S. This microwave was gifted to me for review purposes and I will also be paid for further exposure on social media/my blog.