20 July 2011

Guest post by Debbie Schaeffer: three favorite steam ovens

I love sharing specialist expertise with my readers. You'll see Debbie Schaeffer's name on the right column as an appliance contributor. The third generation owner of Mrs. G TV & Appliances in Lawrenceville, NJ, Debbie has been a great source of appliance knowledge for me, both professionally and personally, since we met at a Bosch event in 2009.

I asked her to share an appliance "threesome" in honor of Gold Notes' third anniversary and she was glad to oblige. Debbie suggested sharing her three favorite steam ovens with readers. As you'll recall from my own post a couple of years back on steam ovens, I'm a big fan of these healthy cooking appliances. Here are Debbie's insights and steam oven picks for 2011...


July is a mouth-watering month filled with farmers' market nutritious treasures and home-grown delicacies. The markets have become a fan favorite of local chefs for their seasonal menus, but the common foodie can still recreate a fresh and flavor-rich dish like a culinary expert with the right appliance.

Long considered a chef's secret cooking tool, a steam oven ensures the vegetables stay firm, preserving the flavor, color, minerals and vital nutrients. Additionally, meats stay moist, fish are perfectly flaky and delicious desserts can be totally guilt-free. Steamed foods are low in fat, too, since they do not require oils or sauces. So, to celebrate Gold Notes’ third anniversary, here are three fabulous steam ovens, any one of which can contribute to a healthy kitchen design:

Miele Convection Steam Oven DG4082

Miele introduced the world's first built-in convection steam oven in 1999. Miele steam ovens enable you to create succulent healthy meals using the power of injection steam. Miele designed theirs to hold three multi-level cooking chambers, so most foods can be prepared and cooked simultaneously – with no risk of flavor transfer – in less than 20 minutes. This is the "Monday through Friday oven" for families on the go! It’s also great for defrosting and reheating.

Thermador Masterpiece (TM) Series Steam and Convection Oven MES301HS/P

Introduced in 2010, Thermador’s Masterpiece Series Steam and Convection Wall Oven offers three cooking modes: Steam, True Convection and the combination of Steam with Convection. The oven includes 40 "EasyCook" food programs that automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results. The 1.4 cubic foot capacity easily holds a 14-pound turkey and cooks it to juicy, golden-brown perfection in 90 minutes.

Gaggenau Combination Steam and Convection Oven BS280/281

Gaggenau revolutionized the modern kitchen. Their cutting edge design is in a class by itself. The innovative dual-oven system of the Gaggenau Combi-Steam Oven combines the dry heat of the convection oven with non-pressurized steam in precisely calibrated portions. The 30" model can either be conveniently plumbed directly to the water line or with a removable water tank.The door opens to a full 180 degrees, allowing for ease of loading and unloading food.


  1. You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.

  2. Debbie gets all the credit! I so value her appliance savvy. Thanks for your comment. Hope you'll visit Gold Notes often.


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