Zojirushi Gourmet d'Expert® Electric Skillet
Awesome kitchen addition
I am not : nmcleveland but that keeps showing up on this review and I can't change it.
I am: Wanda O
I've had this skillet for a month and have fixed everything from soup to a pulled pork roast. I absolutely love this skillet! It sautes, simmers, fries, and slow cooks. The pans work in the base (that never gets hot to touch) or on top of the stove. I find that slow cooking between the keep warm and simmer settings works perfectly. I've never had to use the highest setting, even for frying chicken. The deep pan is perfect for things like chicken and dumplings, roasts,and pulled pork. The shallow pan does perfect fritattas, sauteing, bacon, scrambled or fried eggs, and much more! Both pans do fantastic with the steaming tray. I've steamed veggies, lobster tails & shellfish in the deep pan and fish fillets in the shallow pan.
It's attractive and I use it so often I leave it out on the cabinet.
I know the instructions say the deep pan isn't for sauteing but I think it means to use the shallow pan for that. The English translation is not always clear.
It cleans very easily. I did buy all silicone utensils for using with this skillet as I really want to protect it and use it for a long time to come.
July 31, 2014
Gourmet d'Expert® Electric Skillet
Pricey, but the best electric skillet I've used. Two cooking plates, one of which you can place on your stove top to brown meats, etc. then place directly onto your electric skillet unit to slow cook. Eliminates all of the mess you get from browning using the electric skillet for both heat sources. Easy to use features. Takes less heat (cooking setting is lower) than standard skillets and heat is more even - I suspect because of ceramic in lieu of aluminum or stainless steel construction. You can also turn the heat up higher than conventional skillets (480 f). Very versitle; you can cook a pot roast, asian foods, soups, and everything in between as well as steam vegetables while you cook (using both plates simultaneously). I hardly ever recommend anything but make an exception in this case as I know recommending this product will preserve my reputation. I'm glad I bit the bullet and spent the extra money for this skillet.
December 4, 2013
love my zoji
Before I purchased this, I made sure that it would fit in my storage cupboard: it is quite large. The reason that I decided to go ahead, after confirming that it would fit, was because it is one of the very few cookers of its type that heats up almost to 500F, and I needed the circumference to make crepes and injera. Although it is not my go-to appliance for crepes, it does fit the bill for flatbread. Amazing!
Now, on to other uses. The shallow pan is great for browning potatoes & here's the trick: this appliance comes with a steamer tray, so if you want to do your entire batch of spicy crisp potatoes in one place, just steam the cut up potatoes in the deep dish with the tray, then transfer the cooked potatoes to a bowl, season, and throw them back into the shallow tray to brown. Works perfectly.
The deep pan is fabulous for assembling a soup & cooking it for as long as you need.
Two caveats: be sure to save the styrofoam ring that comes with the packaging--it works as a protector against scratching the deep bowl while stored. Also, although somewhat awkward, removing the steamer tray with food on it can be accomplished by inserting a chopstick into the large hole on the perimeter; raise it slowly, and then grab the edge with an oven glove.
As far as sauteing in the Zoji, I don't know what would keep you from trying that. Use a silicone implement, high heat. Not seeing a downside, but I could be wrong. Of course I'm not one to follow silly advice that might be just a misunderstanding of what you want to do. Obviously, a lot of oil or deep frying probably not a good idea.
November 16, 2013
Ican't judge it
I purchased this after seeing them in China. I thought it would be great for cooking dumplings as well as other things. I got it home and read the directions only to discover that it says "do not sautee". Sadly, I packed it up and took it back. I love Zojirushi products but this one just didn't suit my needs.
August 8, 2013
This product can be used as a fry pan, Japanese fondue pot and soup pot. The versatility and fact that the cooking pans are separate from the base make it very easy to use and it cooks evenly across a wide base.. The only negative is that the non stick surfaces of the pan units require use of plastic or wood tools.
January 7, 2013