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Breville the Hot WokTM BEW600XL
Stir-frying is fun and easy when you use this high-powered electric wok. The bowl heats up quickly and maintains its temperature, and the nonstick coating allows you to cook with minimal oil.
Unique 1500W Butterfly heating element heats up to 425°F
6 Quart capacity, 14" Diameter (family size)
Removable Temperature control probe
Cook 'n' Look glass lid
Dishwasher safe bowl and lid
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49 of 51 found the following review helpful:
Cooks like a dream!Jan 26, 2011
By Kristi G., mom of Sage
It comes in the factory box, so if it is a gift, be aware of this as it might ruin the surprise. The quality and sturdiness of this appliance is evident immediately out of the box.
The instruction book has a bit of a recipe book in the front of it, so you might check that out if you don't normally read instruction books.
It is very straightforward and easy to use. It heats up very quickly, and sears to perfection. The directions say to let it heat for 10 minutes before using but I've not waited that long.
I love the way the plug has an "O" in it so you can hook a finger in to unplug it. I wish all appliances were like that! It's a cord of decent length too, and it's well insulated. The top detaches from the base. I had no problem detaching mine. Reattaching, now that was a bit of a problem until I realized you have to PUSH DOWN on the turning handle and then turn, like a childproof cap- THEN it was easy.
Clean up is great- it is highly nonstick. The only potential problem that I see is that there is a bit of space between the handles and the wok that food could fall or drip and that could be hard to clean if it dried. Of course, the WHOLE thing detaches from the base and it can be put in a dishwasher.
To store you can put a couple of paper towels in it, and place the cord on those, then put the lid on upside down. It is BIG though, so storage could be a problem.
We plan on using ours outside a lot this summer, as it will be perfect on the picnic table on hot days when we don't want to heat the house up cooking. I'll prep early in the day, then cook and serve from the wok itself for evening meals by the pool.
38 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Perfect family sizeJan 26, 2011
By Shala Kerrigan
Generally dinner time at my house is our adult son, our teenage daughter, my husband and myself. This wok is perfectly sized for a nice amount of stir-fry with lots of veggies and leftovers to pack in lunches.
It easily fits 2 lbs of cut-up chicken and 3 bags of frozen vegetables.
Good non-stick surface, use wood or bamboo utensils.
The base detaches the pan very easily for cleaning up.
The lid has a vent, turn the knob to open it.
The knob doesn't get too hot to handle while you're cooking which absolutely thrilled me.
The probe fits in easily and securely.
The cord itself is long enough that you don't need to be right on an outlet to use it.
It's a grounded plug
The plug has a hole in it to put your finger through and pull it out. Even better, that design feature is big enough for my husband's fingers.
It heats up fast.
Heats to 425 degrees on the sear setting
Very easy to clean using a soft dishrag, even after cooking something like teriyaki with sugar in the sauce.
It's big. That's a plus for a family like mine but could be a storage issue for people with less kitchen storage space.
The lid is a bit heavy, which shouldn't be an issue for most people, but I do wish it had more than just the knob to pick it up with.
The cons aren't enough to make me dislike this. Cooking with it was very easy, and with it's size and temperature range, I was able to cook a meal fairly fast. I know that my family will use it often, especially in the summer when I don't want to heat up the whole house with the stove. It's a good, reliable brand, and it's a great size for family cooking.
Edited- After 6 months of use, I still love it. Also I'm doing things like frying donuts for my family more often because it's so easy to clean up and doesn't take as much oil as a pan with straight sides. The temperature control and how hot it gets makes frying food in it really easy. I wouldn't have anticipated that, I just thought about stir fries when I got it.
22 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Improvements can be madeJan 26, 2011
By Shamontiel L. Vaughn
"I'm boycotting Amazon's site due to them approving of racist reviewers like Abe Krieger."
I don't even like to cook, but I love Asian food so much so I was delighted to get a wok. I wanted to try out all the recipes that I go to Thai, Chinese and Japanese restaurants to buy. I'd never heard of Breville's brand name, but the product looked pretty easy to use. In person, it's pretty good quality and lighter than it looks.
Cons: The screw on the top came off way too easily. It swirled around to open and close, but I didn't really see the point of it having the little tip in the top. At one point, the screw came out altogether, and I had to guess my way back to putting the accessories for the top back together. I'm not quite sure if I did it right because the instructions don't guide you through it.
The lock on the bottom of the wok is a pain. Once you cook something, you either have to lift the entire wok in order to pour the food into a dish or tip the wok to the side to unlock the wok. However, the instructions say to turn the wok over completely to unlock, so be careful with banging it if you choose the latter. If the wok is pretty full, this can be a bit of a task. I wish the lock was on the side instead of the bottom so cooks can easily unlatch it.
Pros: The wok bowl is easy to clean and is even easier to cook with. I was very happy with the appearance and texture of the stir fry with soy sausage I made. It was fresh. The soy sausage was slightly crispy like I like it. The latch on the temperature control probe is easy to maneuver, and setting the temperature is just as simple.
Cooking with the appliance is a breeze. It's assembling the product and getting the food to the plate that needs some work.
25 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Bulky, but efficientFeb 24, 2011
The manufacturers offer this wok as an alternative to a gas range and a traditional wok. Since I have the latter, I thought it would be fun to do a side by side comparison.
The electric wok is far more efficient than the traditional wok (uniform heat), however it does not lend itself to tipping and flipping of cooking food...which is part of the fun. You definitely need the correct cooking utensils to stir food. If you have a laminate countertop, you will need to protect it from radiant heat. The electric wok is more difficult to wash and store, but for the right household, it can make a great culinary addition.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Heavy duty appliance does a fine jobJan 27, 2011
By RENAISSANCE MAN
This is an attractive and heavy duty appliance... I can certainly see the usefulness of an electric wok... but there is something magical about a well-seasoned carbon steel wok over a flame... it will always be my preference.
I was concerned about the effects of stir frying on the non-stick surface... but it appears the Quantanium material with Titanium makes for a durable surface. It draws at 1500 watts so it is an energy hog... older homes may kick off a breaker at times... but it does allow for quick heating and the heating element extends up the sides which is an unusual plus for electric woks. The 14" diameter makes this larger than I really need for most daily usage... but will come in handy when we are entertaining. The heavy tempered glass lid is a nice feature as many woks do not include a lid... but I really don't think you will find any advantage to seeing through it... it will usually be steamed up or splattered upon with oil...if you are checking on the food that lid is coming off first...
I think bringing this out for entertaining outside would be ideal... it is a nice looking appliance and cooking up some sizzling hot food will be entertaining for your hungry friends... give them some pre-dinner wine or margaritas and they may even cheer you on as you play chef... :)
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