Do You Need Any of These Microwave Cooking Gadgets? — The Kitchen Gadget Test Show

– So I don’t know about you, but for me, microwave has always been for popcorn or for reheating something, or steaming something, et cetera. I never knew that you
could cook in a microwave. Until today. So we’re gonna run
through all four products that have unique functions
for the microwave and see if any of this impresses me. Up first, we are testing the
microwaveable sandwich grill. I’m really kind of curious
because I didn’t know that the microwave can
get something crispy. But we will see if that works. And then we got the microwave rice cooker. It’ll steam your rice in
about 10 to 15 minutes, which is half the time of a rice cooker, which could be super dope. We’ll see. Next, we have a microwaveable grill, which, honestly, I’m very,
I’m not gonna say skeptical, I’m just curious how this is gonna work. But this is supposed to
grill meat in the microwave. Yeah, I know, but you know what? We might be really surprised. And this goes for about $15-$20, which is, I wanna say, a pretty good deal if it works. And last but not least, we have a microwaveable pressure cooker, which is a little bit terrifying for me but I don’t know, it might be worth it. So, let’s do it! First up, sandwich time. The way this works is you
preheat it for two minutes. Then you place your
assembled sandwich in there, and then you microwave
it for another five. That’s it, very, very simple logic. You’re just heating up the metal plates to get it crispy, so we’ll do that. So while that goes, I’m gonna assemble my grilled cheese real quick. A little butter; make
sure your butter’s soft. Don’t stare into the microwave because you’ll start blinking weird. Three seconds left! You can see the heat
coming out from the gadget. Careful when you handle this, because obviously the
metal plate is very hot. Makes it pretty easy to handle. Hear it? Nice! This is actually promising. Assembled, it has a weird smell though, I don’t know. There we go. Five minutes. If all of these work, I
probably will be amazed. Oh, wow! Wait. You know what, I’m not even gonna judge it until I take it out of the microwave. Don’t touch the plate. It’s still really hot. Ta-da! That was pretty good, I don’t know. Crispy. I mean, it’s a tiny bit uneven, but I don’t mind because
it’s super crispy. Hey, I’m so amazed right now! Yeah, it worked! Nice! If I had to be super critical, it’s a little overdone so I probably would have done it for two
minutes instead of three. But hey, that cuts down time even more, so that’s four minutes. Two minutes of preheating,
two minutes of cooking, and that’s it, perfectly grilled cheese. Dope. So I thought that nothing could crisp up in a microwave but I guess I was wrong. Moving on. Onto the microwaveable rice cooker, which is pretty simple. It’s just this silicone lid
that has these little holes in it for some steam to escape. This is just a plastic bowl. Add your rice, add your water, top it. So, in theory, I’m
thinking that you probably could use just like a regular bowl with plastic wrap and poke some holes. You know what, it’s just nice to have something that it’s meant for one thing. So, rice is in, add your water. This is just your standard ratio, whatever it says on the packaging. And then you put the silicone lid on. Throw it in the microwave. And it’s gonna cook for 12 minutes. That’s it, then you get rice. Okay guys, 12 minutes, it’s done. Take the rice out. Now for the ultimate test: taste. It’s a little bit under, but if it rests for
maybe a few more minutes, I think it’ll be perfect. All in all, pretty impressed. Yeah, honestly, this is really easy, it was super quick, and honestly, if you don’t really know how to cook rice on the stove top, this
is your perfect option. Moving on. So, we’re gonna grill
steak in the microwave. I know what you’re thinking. But, hey, you gotta give
it a fighting chance. This cooks the steak in
less than ten minutes. It’s like, super fast. Same with the sandwich grill, you’re gonna preheat this guy because you want the pan to be hot, right? That’s where you’ll get the sear. So I’m gonna preheat it for three minutes, then while that’s going,
I’ll season the steak. Okay guys, my grill is preheated, and I can feel the radiating heat. So hopefully I hear a nice sizzle. Okay guys, I hear a sizzle. Hear that? Maybe this has a fighting chance. Back in there. Three minutes. All right guys, it’s done. I hear it sizzling,
gonna let it rest in here for an additional four minutes. Would you eat a steak from a microwave? All right, it’s rested enough. Do you hear that? It’s still sizzling. So, it sounds like there
might be color on the steak, which is what I’m hoping for. So, we got some color but
it’s like a weird crust. I’m not gonna even say anything because I think you guys
know how I feel right now. See, this side. So, for very obvious reasons, I do not recommend cooking
a steak in the microwave. You see one side is like, okay, maybe there was a fighting chance. But then you flip it over
and you’re just like, what the (beep). I mean, if you’re going to cook a steak, don’t cook it in the microwave. You know what I mean? If you’re going to spend money
on a luxurious piece of meat, you’re not gonna cook it in the microwave. So, I’m sorry, but this
does not work for me. So Daniel, my producer,
is making me eat this. I’m gonna cut it open, we’ll see what it looks like inside. I mean, it’s not horribly overcooked but it just doesn’t have a sear and it’s like, just, I don’t know. It just is very sad to me. It’s like steamed steak. Yeah, so all in all, don’t cook a steak in your microwave. This is just sad. This is just, breaks my heart, that we cooked a steak like this. Last but not least, this is the other way that you can cook meat in the microwave. You can use the microwave pressure cooker. We’re excited because
this is a very safe way to pressure cook and some people are a little bit scared of
doing it on the stove top. The InstaPot also take a lot longer, and this will do it in half the time, so if it works, maybe we
got a good gadget over here. We’ll see. Okay, so we got some short ribs, just doing some very basic recipe. Onion, garlic, chicken stock, because obviously you need some moisture. Obviously this is just,
like, a very basic recipe. We just want to test that the meat will slow cook, pressurize
in the microwave. There’s these little arrows
that you want to put together. That’s pretty much it, make sure that the lid doesn’t come off. So we are gonna do this for 30 minutes. I have never done 30 minutes
in a microwave before. There we have it. We’re gonna wait half an
hour, see what happens. (hold music) Okay guys, it’s been 30 minutes. According to the recipe book, we’re gonna do it for an additional eight minutes on high, and I’m guessing this is to kind of caramelize the meat, or whatever it’s gotta do. Just in case we haven’t
nuked it long enough. Eight more minutes. See you soon. Dude, it’s been 40 minutes. Long waited time. If this meat is not tender,
I’m gonna be pretty angry because we waited a long time. But, for real, I think
that if this didn’t work and the meat is not tender, this means that the gadget is (beep) because obviously there’s
a lot of other ways to get your short rib tender. Let me hold that thought, though, because we don’t know what’s gonna happen. All right. All right, so, obviously you’ve
gotta release the pressure. Oh, that was not that exciting. That was weird, because usually when you let out steam and the pressure, it’s like shoooo! But that didn’t do that. There we go, there we go. I got it. Hm. You know what, I’ll just taste it. It’s cooked, it’s like almost there, but it’s not there. It needs like ten more minutes. But it’s already been 40 minutes in there, so, there are other ways
to cook your short ribs for around 40 minutes and
get it soft and tender. And also, what happened, is I feel like the juices didn’t, like, lock in, so it kind of, like,
lost all of its flavor. Yeah, I just don’t think that you should be cooking meat in the microwave. Maybe just don’t do that; maybe make that little effort and cooking it right, when it’s meat. But what about you guys? Is there a microwave-favorite gadget that you love? Leave a comment, let me know. For more episodes like this, click here.

100 comments on “Do You Need Any of These Microwave Cooking Gadgets? — The Kitchen Gadget Test Show”

  1. kazumo maeda says:

    Love you

  2. Jeff Wong says:

    World class kitchen with tens of thousand worth of gadgets, but uses a mic that makes the host sound like she's in a toilet.

  3. Xong, Chank Xue says:

    Damn you're cute

  4. Nano852 says:

    that microwave is huge

  5. Matt V. says:

    My favorite microwave gadget is aluminum foil with paper towels. Just wrap your food in the foil then wrap the foil in paper towels to protect it from the waves.

  6. Metalthing fab says:

    Stakes take 10 on the grill. grilled cheese take 4 on a pan. Rice takes 15 in a pot…..What's the point other than the nuke killing you…

  7. Xu Miao says:

    I have the same espresso machine on my counter hahaha

  8. Trinnasith W. says:

    Stop banging the microwave!!

  9. Michael Taylor says:

    For those wondering about the microwave Esther is using, it appears to be an LG LCRT2010ST (2.0 cu-ft) which has a weight of 39.7 pounds and dimensions of 23.9 × 19.2 × 13.6 inches.

  10. BenRangel says:

    Microwaves are kinda underrated as they are dismissed as inferior for everything and only necessary for quick shortcuts. But in theory usin a micro to boil/steam vegetables would be better than doing a regular pot of boiling water cause less flavor and nutrients would be lost in the water.
    Some chef on Chef Steps argued for it a lot.

    Biggest issue though is getting an even cooking of larger pieces.

  11. 1klooney says:

    Did she wait 30 mins with the red pot outside. I didn't know microwaves work like that. Hmm Interesting.

  12. Jimmy Liang says:

    I cooked a steak in the microwave. Savage.

  13. Alexis Achacoso says:

    I don’t know but I find it funny when she said she was terrified with the microwaveable pressure cooker. 😂

  14. Adrian Fletcher says:

    Making my comment before watching this and I predict that at least one of them will work surprisingly well

  15. Fals2th says:

    what steak takes longer thatn 12 min on a hot bbq?

  16. Elise Le says:

    idk if u have done this but can you test the brava oven!!!

  17. Cylie Myrus says:

    I've never gone past 3 minutes in my microwave, too scared to go into that abyss

  18. Edward Gonzales says:

    What is the microwave power rating…1000 watts?

  19. Ali Shaikh says:

    Nice microwave gajicks you got there

  20. Dillon Meng says:

    I guess if the microwave blew up, we wouldn't be watching this video.

  21. Chris Sandoval says:

    a positive review from esther on a microwave product certainly piqued my interest and after reading the reviews on amazon i bought the maconee sandwich grill and boy does it live up to the hype. my first go was a rib sandwich which cooked great, though it did compress the hoagie roll more than i would've liked. the next day i dialed in a hot pocket for a 3:30 cook time and two corndogs about 3:30 also. mind you the grill was designed to work in 900w ovens. the times i gave were with a 1kw oven. this is a great little device that's not quite as good as oven cooking but way better than using a microwave alone. this would be great for dorms or other places your cooking abilities are limited. also great for summer when you don't want to fire up the oven for 20-30 mins for a decent sandwich. the booklet that comes with it has instructions for veg, fish, chicken, steak, what have you. of coarse as microwaves vary, it's going take a bit of playing around to find what works for you, but that's the fun, ain't it? i mean what's the fun of a new toy if you don't get to play with it? anyhow five stars and i'm seriously thinking about buying a second one to keep at work. oh, and at 28 bucks for the large model, a pretty good value for a device that can accomplish the impossible task of making microwaved food crispy.

  22. Tony P says:

    If you set the pressure cooker for 8 additional minutes on high, what was the power setting for the first 30 minutes?

    I think the Insta-Pot is just as fast or quicker.

  23. Ethan Wong says:

    hey, your channel is cool
    this is great.
    I am saving this!

  24. Citrine S says:

    I think I got HBP just from watching how liberally you salted the steak

  25. XylonNr says:

    damn shiny forehead

  26. Rhodri Lewis says:

    3 minutes for a steak? Takes less time in a pan

  27. Dalmain J says:

    Ur producer made u eat raw meat. Is ur producer a white man?

  28. kingtoyab69 says:

    "do you hear that?" no.. no I don't because the background music is too loud. They really need to reduce the volume sometimes I could hardly hear her.

  29. 7heRedBaron says:

    Don’t stare into the microwave or you will start breaking wind. What?

  30. Joy B says:

    I’ve never microwaved anything metal before that freaked me out

  31. tedlovejesus says:

    Problem is they look too big for a typical microwave…
    Seems they need to find one with ultra wide chamber to test

  32. Nils Oberheim says:

    Try to Grill the Steak in the Sandwich Grill 😀

  33. Derek Armsden says:

    The Instant Pot does not take "a lot longer" than a stovetop pressure cooker – you totally had no clue what you were doing when you reviewed it and you botched it.

  34. Taylor Acker says:

    I wonder what would have happened to the steak in the sandwich press though.

  35. Aaron Tuplin says:

    Do you leave your steak on one side in a pan or on a grill? Flip the thing

  36. Jerry N. says:

    30 minutes in the microwave O: that's crazy, I'd fear for my life

  37. Enviotonin85 says:

    I think you can try cooking a steak on that sandwich maker.

  38. JAYSON says:

    Can you please, for the love of god and all that is holly, turn THE BACKGROUND MUSIC OFF FFS

  39. Kyle Banks says:

    I would like to propose marriage to Esther…….

  40. Eduardo Hernandez says:

    you should slam the door harder

  41. Rihanna Phillips says:

    Obviously we can't hear the sizzle because of the stupid music

  42. Matthew Goetke says:

    “It’s just nice to have something that is meant for one thing.” I can hear Alton Brown SCREAMING from this remark – NO UNI-TASKERS!

  43. yoonafan18 says:

    My coworkers use the rice cooker at work 👍🏼.

  44. Maduhhson nope says:

    I've eaten at applebees, I'm pretty sure the steak was microwaved.

  45. Mary Pauline Palacio says:

    I use my microwave pasta maker all the time cause I'm too lazy to get a giant pot boiling and stuff

  46. Yonas says:

    1:14 okay Guga

  47. Maneesh says:

    Never microwave bread !

  48. muddi900 says:

    Those rice looked terrible. Too much water

  49. zoala001 says:

    Test the meat to get grilled on the first gadget, the sandwich grill one

  50. Emilie Coats says:

    I live in Korea, and I have a microwave rice cooker, there are a few more components than this one. But I remember the directions saying to leave the cooker in the microwave for 5 min, or at the very least to not remove the lid for 5 min after cooking. But my cooker has a bit more of a seal to the lid, there are like 2 lids for mine

  51. Aphroditexx says:

    Damn girl, what did that microwave door do to you?

  52. Eric Wong says:

    whats with the slamming of the microwave?

  53. MokkyMiah says:

    She really hates the microwave door…

  54. Jazz F says:

    Putting chicken stock on a steak meal makes me uneasy ☹️

  55. Positive Living says:

    I thought you weren't supposed to put metal in the microwave…

  56. Knarf Nil says:

    Faster is not always better.

  57. April says:

    All that plastic in the microwave. 😬😬 That can’t be healthy.

  58. Preston Siegler says:

    The bacon microwave pan works wonders

  59. Gregory Moore says:

    Lekue Microwave Rice and Grain Cooker, Model # 0200700V06M500, Green

  60. my name is my name says:

    that background music is weird AF

  61. LoebRules says:

    Microwave popcorn sucks. Only thing it's good for is reheating cold rice

  62. Pallavi Sanyal says:

    I'm indian so fluffy well separated rice (not the sticky stuff east asians eat) is part of my everyday diet and i always make it in the microwave, don't even need a special steamer just a regular micro safe pot is enough-20mins tops half-one inch of water on top of the rice on medium

  63. CrimsonTuber says:


  64. stabenheimer says:

    ester greasy af

  65. Guy Jordan says:

    Rice looked pre-cooked and just reheated. Slam a few more doors; I don't know how aggressive you are yet.

  66. Woodshadow says:

    My mom microwaved steak my entire childhood. How dare you ma’am

  67. Cimada Feny says:

    Meisje ie grofoe hereh. Fa jih nak nak a microwave soh?

  68. Bianca Taylor says:

    My mum always made rice in a bowl in the microwave. We had the water/rice ratio down perfect and made perfect rice everytime

  69. Chloe Ng says:

    gordon ramsay is quaking

  70. Guilherme Campana says:

    One word for you Tupperware

  71. Jnc Chang says:

    a) I don't know why you would return the grill back into microwave IF the grill is already sizzling. Cuz; yeah it's going to boil it (the steak) instead of grilling when you return the steak into microwave. I have a feeling you did that wrong.
    b) With the pressure cooker; wouldn't you brown the meat first to "seal" in the juices before putting it in the "pressure cooker"? Then after waiting 40 mins on any pressure cooker device the release should be underwhelming. Personally, I would microwave at least 40 mins with the pressure cooker, remove it from the oven, then let it sit for another 40 mins. But also, as exciting as the pressure cooker sounds, it kinda defeats the purpose of the Insta-Pot. Convenience, 8-in-1, grill, can, steam (rice), energy efficient, etc, etc… Running the microwave that long; using radiation and plastic does not sound appetizing to me. I think I'll stick to my battlion of clay pots, Dutch ovens, slow cookers and cast irons to get that all day, slave away, home cooked taste.
    Overall, I was very excited to see these gadgets, but in the end it's the taste that matters.

  72. Wei Yu says:

    Introducing another way to eat plastic!🤮

  73. audgechew says:

    Gotta try using the sandwich press with the steak

  74. hmmBEEFY says:

    My aunt cooks rice in the microwave. Just uses a glass bowl

  75. Vu Nguyen says:

    Esther looks like she can fit in that microwave.

  76. Snare X says:

    That steak looked like a scene from a horror movie

  77. madazion says:

    I love Esther! Her Korean side came out when she saw that steak.

  78. Sam Gib says:

    Can you make steaks with the sandwich grill???

  79. Bianca Thais says:

    I don't use a microwave and I don't have one and I don't like them but I did like this video

  80. Jori Boeckman says:

    With the steak, just use a Foreman grill or pannini grill. Just not worth it.

  81. Jori Boeckman says:

    There is a bacon crisper to that my dad uses that works. Still, there are other plug in cookers that just work better.

  82. JOJI KIM says:


  83. ethan Gonzales says:


  84. Bobbie Howard says:

    I’m always looking for a foolproof way to poach eggs in the microwave so that the whites are cooked but the yolks are still liquid. I’ve tried so many products.

  85. Alfred Johnson says:

    Does anyone else realize your not supposed to put metal in the microwave!?

  86. Bee Bomb says:

    7:34 why is the pressure cooker on the counter behind her??? conspiracy theory they faked the results now lmao.
    edit: it also switches to the set up for her cooking the steak at this moment, i realized (plus a second already cooked steak for some reason?) so guess they just used stock footage of her waiting for something else.

  87. Ken Roman says:

    Use the sandwich grill for the steak. It will work far better.

  88. soccer nut says:

    You can bake steak in microwave if it is thin no that much thicker

  89. soccer nut says:

    I always bake fish, chicken and rice in the microwave

  90. Juliana Acuña says:

    7:34 it wasn't in the microwave

  91. Kevin Chou says:

    Esther didn't do her research. Eater made an episode of "you can do this" with my BOI CLIFF dedicated to grilling and crisping things up in the microwave

  92. godof truth says:

    I picked up that pressure cooker off of qvc i believe years back because tried a friends out. Not bad for a lot of things. Pumped out wings in a pinch. Like a dozen at a time. Toss in, cover in hot sauce, nuke for 13mins i believe and tadaa. Something looked wrong with yer pressure cooker… after 13mins the wings were piping hot and hot steam everywhere.. just from the hot sauce liquid and the liquid (fat, water) in the wings.. short ribs looked like they were just sitting in luke warm liquid.

  93. Wei Cong says:

    Please respect the microwave. don't slam it.

  94. onegrapefruitlover says:

    Her forehead is the shiniest surface on YouTube right now

  95. Lrod Rodriguez says:

    Just finish the steak in the samwitch cooker

  96. Joshua K says:

    I got this Japanese microwave steamer container from daiso that does a great job. Has a basket inside and you can add a bit of water. Works great for veggies.

  97. Brant Kim says:

    The grills seems like a good way to burn yourself.

  98. Luckyguy3 says:

    I feel bad for the microwave door, you are hard on it. I don't buy extended warranties but I hope you did. I'm guessing you had a bad childhood experience. Hey just kidding, please don't come looking for me😉.

  99. Bastard Squirrel says:

    I used a stove top pressure cooker at 45 mins for beans and chilies that comes out delishioso

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