SUWANNE -- Cooking for a husband and three kids keeps Angie Taussig on her toes. "I feel like a short order cook sometimes," she said, "because one wants this and one wants that."
So that means Angie does a lot of cooking in the microwave even though she really doesn't like the way it tastes.
"I don't like it but it's quick," she said, "it does turn out kinda' mushy."
The Micro Hearth claims it can broil, bake, grill, sauté and stir fry -giving you a meal at microwave speed without the microwave taste. The Micro Hearth's special coating is supposed to convert microwaves into infrared heat to cook your food.
"That sounds like it would be great if it works," Angie said.
First on the menu - bacon and eggs - cooked together in the pan. After four minutes the eggs were cooked but the bacon looked like it should have been flipped. But Angie said it tasted good.
Next fresh steamed vegetables. "Carrots are perfect," Angie said after taking a bite.
They turned out great but Angie thought the ten minute cooking time seemed longer than it normally takes in the microwave.
Angie would never dream of cooking an expensive steak in the microwave but she tried out the grilled steak and mushrooms recipe. Seven and a half minutes later, it looked good.
"I'm actually kinda' surprised by the way it tastes," Angie said. "It's better than I thought it would be."
Finally personal pan pizza, the recommended ten minutes on low power was actually about the same time it takes to cook in the oven. In fact everything takes longer to cook in the Micro Hearth than with a normal microwave pan.
"I didn't think it was microwave time," Angie decided.
Even on low power, we burned the bottom of our pizza. At least the pan is a snap to clean.
"Cleaned right up," said Angie.
While the Micro Hearth definitely makes microwave food taste better, Angie was disappointed with the slower cooking times.
So for $50, Angie said she would pass on this pan. "I give it thumbs up and a thumb down."