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Old 12-22-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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Meatballs - Regular Oven vs Microwave?

Hi Guys, may I know which is better (& easlier) to use for cooking meatballs? A regular oven or a microwave oven?


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Old 12-22-2007, 09:41 PM   #2
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It might be easier to use the microwave... but the taste/color won't be as nice.
Go with the oven or better yet pan fry.

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Old 12-22-2007, 10:48 PM   #3
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Pan fry or pouch in Italian red sauce or bake in a moderate oven . A micro tends to make meatballs tough wich you do not want
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:07 PM   #4
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Using the microwave is probably easier/faster. However, the meatballs will be soggy and they will not have a nice brown color. I personally prefer the oven or do as Dave/pdswife recommend (pan fry)
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:58 PM   #5
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As I have gotten older I have gotten lazier, so now I often use the oven for meaty balls.

Particularly if I am making a lot, which I am prone to do. We are both children of Great Depression parents, and we tend to make more than we need - sometimes by a lot.

It is something that cannot be taken out of us. But it leads to us having a lot of leftovers.

The nuker, we love it. Our old one died and we went out and bought a new one immediately. Cannot believe how cheap they have become since we bought our first one.

It is great for warming things up.

But for cooking meatballs, I don't use it.

The nuker tickles the water molecules in the stuff and it does get cooked. But somehow I just don't like how the food turns out.

So I roast or take out my pots and pans. Or pull out the tired old grill.

Just the way I do things.

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:47 AM   #6
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I guess it's all in what you get used to. I've done meatballs in the microwave, and liked them fine...I always put them in a sauce, so the lack of color doesn't matter. The oven is my second choice. I don't like doing them in the skillet, as they require constant attention, tend to burn and fall apart, and make a mess on the stove.
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:17 AM   #7
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I prefer the oven - only tend to use microwave for reheating or defrosting
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:32 AM   #8
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I use the oven because I like the browning and caramelized flavor they get - the microwave doesn't do that. And as Constance said, cooking them in a skillet is messy and takes a lot of attention.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:31 AM   #9
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Hmm.. what about Convection Ovens? Will they cook the meatballs as good as a regular oven?
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:31 AM   #10
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I do not like to do anything ground beef in the microwave, the color is just wrong. I would definitely go with the oven.

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