1. How does the Reheat button work?
The NuWave Elite is the perfect tool for reheating leftovers and other foods. Simply place your dish on the 1-inch rack, press "Reheat, then "Start."
• If you are warming larger portions of food, cook in 3 minute increments.
• For casseroles or family-sized meals, place an oven-safe dish on the 1-inch rack and cook at 300° F in 8 minute increments. If food is browning too quickly, you may want to cover with foil.
• To reheat rice or noodle dishes, place them on foil or the included silicone liner accessory. Situate on the 1-inch rack and press "Reheat." If you are reheating basic rice or pasta, you may wish to sprinkle a small amount of water on top before cooking. Cover loosely with foil and cook in 4 minute increments.
2. How do I sear foods?
For perfect searing to lock in foods' natural juices, this function allows you to treat the outside of meats, poultry and seafood quickly. The feature heats dishes up to 450° F for 5 minutes at the touch of a button.
3. What does Delay mean? Does the Elite work like a crock pot?
Cook the perfect meal - even while you're away from home! Postpone single process or stage cooking programs to start up to 24 hours later.
4. How does the Warm feature work?
The perfect button for parties and family gatherings, this function allows you to hold foods warm after the cooking process is complete for up to 2 hours.
5. When would I use the Stage feature?
This function is used to program the Elite to cook at more than 1 consecutive setting of time and temperature, up to a maximum of 5 programmable stages. For example you can program the oven to cook at 420° F for 6 minutes, then automatically reduce heat to 350° for 20 minutes. The Elite does all the work for you!
6. What do the Program, Memory and Recall buttons do?
Once you have perfected your favorite dish, save a continually used Program sequence for future use. The Memory function retains this information while the Recall button is used to retrieve it. The NuWave Elite allows users to store up to 99 saved programs. Please refer to the product manual for more detailed information.
7. How do I dehydrate foods?
With the Elite, you can now make perfectly dehydrated fruits, nuts, vegetables and jerkys while preserving healthy enzymes and nutrients in your foods. The dehydrating feature allows you to remove moisture from foods at temperatures ranging between 100 and 200° F in 1 degree increments. When you purchase the Dehydrator Kit and attach it to the unit, the safety features of the Elite automatically revert to the "dehydrate" setting.
8. The NuWave Elite manual states that my oven can broil, bake, roast, bbq, grill, dehydrate, steam, air-fry and cook sous-vide style. How do you perform these multi-functions? Is there a special button?
Your Elite can do all the above and much more. There are automatic program settings for dehydrating, reheating and warming foods, and here are some additional guidelines for use:
• To steam: cover foods after sprinkling with a slight amount of water and your desired seasonings.
• To air-fry: coat foods with wet mix and roll in cornflakes or bread crumbs. For additional browning, rub in olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Leftover fried foods will come out of your Elite crispier than the first time.
• To broil: place foods closer to heating element.
• To roast: place foods further from heating element, and lower the cooking temperature.
• For sous-vide cooking, place foods in air-tight cooking bags. Situate on the 1-inch rack and cook according to recommended time and temperature.
9. What is Sous-vide cooking?
Sous-vide is a French culinary term that means "under vacuum." It describes a method of cooking in vacuum-sealed plastic pouches at low temperatures for extended periods. With the proper equipment and some basic information, anyone can prepare consistently delicious sous-vide dishes. Please see the NuWave Elite Complete Cookbook for more information as well as some suggested recipes to get you started.
10. Do I remove frozen turkey giblets and what if I want to stuff the bird?
• To remove the giblets from a frozen turkey, start cooking the bird breast side down for the first half of the cooking process. When you flip the turkey breast side up, the insides should be thawed enough to remove the giblets.
• If your turkey is stuffed, add 3-4 minutes per pound to your cooking time. If you decide to use precooked stuffing, fill your turkey and continue cooking for the final 30 minutes.
• For easier holiday meal cleanup, use the NuWave Elite base tray as a serving vessel so your dish can go directly from Oven to table!
11. How do you season frozen food?
There are a couple of methods for seasoning frozen food:
• If you are using a dry seasoning, sprinkle a little water over the meat so the seasoning will "stick." If it is a sauce, spread it over meat and add an additional amount when you flip the food.
• Premarinate or sprinkle seasonings on fresh food, then store it in the freezer until ready to cook.
12. Do I need to flip foods during the cooking process?
We recommend that you rotate most foods halfway through the cooking process. Since the heating element is located at the top of the Elite, the conduction method of cooking may not be able to reach the underside of foods, thus the recommendation to flip.
13. Is the NuWave Elite big enough for me to cook multiple foods at the same time?
The NuWave Elite's 3-D cooking technology allows multiple dishes to cook at the same time. For example, normally it takes about 50 minutes to cook one frozen Cornish hen. That timing estimate remains the same even if you cook four at once.
14. How well does the NuWave Elite cook vegetables and other vegetarian dishes?
Making vegetables in the Elite is terrific because its 3-D cooking technology helps retain nutrients that are otherwise lost through other cooking methods. Minimal water use and shorter cooking times contribute to the oven's effectiveness.
• Place vegetables directly on the 3-inch rack when roasting.
• For steaming, loosely wrap vegetables in foil, adding a sprinkle of water to circulate steam.
• To prepare steamed vegetables with a roasted flavor, remove aluminum foil for the last two minutes of cooking time.
From artichokes to zucchini, the possibilities of cooking vegetarian dishes are endless.
• Asparagus brushed with olive oil turns out perfectly in less than 8 minutes.
• For baked or sweet potatoes, wash potatoes thoroughly, then place on either rack and cook according to cooking guide, or until a fork is easily inserted.
• You do not need to use oil when making vegetables. Simply brush them or shake in a plastic bag with Italian dressing to infuse with additional flavor.
Place aluminum foil on top of vegetables if they begin to brown too quickly.
15. What do the recipes and charts mean when they refer to 1-inch or 3-inch racks?
The included cooking rack can be reversed for use at heights of either 1 inch or 3 inches.
• The 3-inch rack accommodates smaller foods such as chicken breasts.
• The 1-inch rack accommodates larger foods such as a 10-pound turkey.
17. Do the tastes and smells of different foods mix when cooked in the NuWave Elite at the same time?
Even when you are cooking different foods at the same time, such as fish and vegetables, the smells and tastes do not mingle. The NuWave Elite is self-contained, so most of the smells, and any smoke that may be created, stay within the dome.