This is another one of those kitchen appliances that I just “had to have”. It was another one of those simple little things that might just make me feel more like a Betty in the kitchen. The best part was how fast each of the recipes cooked. I could whip up just about anything in no time flat.
I remember seeing the infomercials for the older model, and I have to say, I love the removable inserts. They are great for making different portion sizes, and it sure makes clean up a lot easier.
Some of my personal favorites I love using my Xpress Redi Set Go for include:
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Grilled sandwiches
- Homemade pizza
- Mini orange rolls or cinnamon rolls
We bought our Xpress Redi Set Go about a year and a half ago, and nearly every day for about a month I used it. I even went as far as taking this handy little countertop cooker with me to work! Those double shift graveyards were a killer, but what better way to get through a shift than with the most delicious, home cooked meals. After I started using my Xpress Redi Set Go, I could not bear to eat TV dinners ever again. I still use my cooker on occasion about once or twice every two weeks.
I love the recipe book that came along with it, there were so many delicious new ideas in there I would have never thought of. What a great way to eat such amazing foods while simply using your leftovers and simple food staples almost everyone has lying around.
The removable insert trays are absolutely fabulous, and as I mentioned before how much easier it makes the cleanup. The only thing I wish they had done was make a third insert. The additional insert should be one big round well, just like the cooker looks like when it is by itself without any inserts. That way cleanup would be just as easy, no matter what you are cooking, where as previously cleanup was only the easiest when using the inserts.
I only experienced 2 problems with my Xpress Redi Set Go. The first was that if the outside of my cooker ever got too dirty or greasy the numbers and writing wiped off. So right now my cooker is minus the numbers next to the timer dial… The other problem I experienced was that the new “advanced non stick” cooking surface, flaked off after several uses… So, that’s just another reason that the manufacturers should make one more insertable pan. And I only seem to have this problem when I am using the cooker itself without the insert. Otherwise the inserts are really great and non stick.
I love the portion sizes and they are ideal for individuals or small families of 2 or 3, but for larger families it seems like it would be a little impractical. For example, If you had a family of six and you wanted to use the Xpress Redi Set Go to cook steak for everyone, it would probably take longer to cook 6 steaks ( even if cooking 2 at a time) on the Xpress Redi Set Go than it would to BBQ all 6 at once. Plus by the time all the steaks would be done half of them would be cold or everyone would have to eat in shifts just so they got to eat theirs hot still. Or suppose you are trying to make hors de oeuvres for a party, it only makes 6 at a time… I love stuffed mushrooms, 6 probably would only be enough for me. So unless you want to stand around in your kitchen making batch after batch, after batch, it’s really best for small families.
I think it would be awesome if they decided to make a larger model, call it the Xpress Redi Set Go XL. And for that model, they could have a big insert with 4 dividers, and the mini rounds divider pan (cini minis or meatball pan) could make at least double the amount. I think I might just want to pitch my idea to the manufacturers….?
Aside from the two problems I had encountered, I still love my Xpress Redi Set Go. And should someone important out there listen to my ideas and act upon them, I can guarantee you I would definitely buy that larger model, or even another of my current model.