Thursday, February 18, 2016

Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven Review

Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven Review
Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven Review

A Multi-Use Rotating Pizza Oven (and more) 


I first had my eye on the Presto Pizzazz a couple of years ago, thinking that it might be a fun kitchen gadget, something I'd use now and then to bake or re-heat pizza. I didn't buy it then because I decided that a one-purpose gadget wasn't a good investment of money or space in my kitchen.

But wait, there's more.

Recently, I came across this clever pizza cooker again, with a new, updated name. Now it's called the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven. This time I read the outstanding reviews and realized that there was much more to the Presto Pizzazz than pizza. People love this thing and use it for lots of different convenience foods, and prepare food that you wouldn't even think of as being able to bake outside a conventional oven. Indeed, it's not just a one-purpose kitchen gadget, not at all!

So I bought the Pizzazz Plus and determined to test it out for myself.

First We Baked Pizza


First, we tried pizza (makes sense). I bought our favorite freshly-prepared pizza from the deli (actually they're previously frozen, thawed when you buy them, but they look fresh, taste amazing, and we like them a lot). I ended up adding a little bit of time to the recommended cooking time in the Presto Pizzaz Plus instruction booklet and we really loved the result. The crust was perfectly done on the bottom, the toppings hot, and the cheese bubbly. The frozen pizza that I tried later turned out very well, too.

I should mention that there are two heating elements on the oven, one above and one underneath the tray. It's up to you to choose upper, dual, or lower. So if the crust is done the way you like it but your piled-on pizza toppings need a bit more heat, simply choose "upper," add some time, and watch the pizza until it looks exactly as hot and bubbly as you want it to be.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked on the Presto Pizzazz Plus
Chocolate chip cookies
baking on the Presto Pizzazz Plus.
Then we moved on to cookies for dessert. Brilliant! I love being able to bake up just four to six cookies from a refrigerated package for the two of us as a quick dessert. Delicious result!

Tater tots make for a quick lunch or snack when baked on the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
Tater tots make for a quick lunch
or snack when baked on the
Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven.
The next day I chose tater tots to fix for a quick lunch. Again, the pizza oven, now a tater tots oven, performed as advertised using the settings and cooking time for "potato patties" in the convenience food cooking chart included with the instructions.

The breaded, cheese-stuffed jalapeno peppers that we tried next turned out great, too.

That night we tried frozen egg rolls to go with our stir-fry vegetables (honestly, we do eat "fresh" most of the time, but everybody's entitled to a little convenience food now and then). Again, score! And no preheating the conventional oven, which sped up dinner prep time considerably.

All the frozen convenience foods that we tried, even the cookies, turned out great. Saturday morning came the big test: cinnamon rolls, the "pop and fresh" kind. I almost didn't try them on the Pizzazz Plus because it seemed so unlikely that they'd turn out, but my husband encouraged me to be brave, to try and see what happens. Once again I was not only surprised but impressed. Eight cinnamon rolls with the recommended settings from the instruction book were a perfect fit and turned out beautifully, as you can see from the pictures below. And yes, they tasted great, too.

Presto Pizzazz Plus Cinnamon Rolls - before.
Presto Pizzazz Plus Cinnamon Rolls - before.
Presto Pizzazz Plus Cinnamon Rolls - after.
Presto Pizzazz Plus Cinnamon Rolls - after.

Presto Pizzazz Plus Tips


Here are seven things about the Pizzazz that are important to remember:

Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven with Instruction Book. Utensils not included.
Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven with Instruction Book.
Utensils are not included.
1. Place the Pizzazz Plus away from the edge of the counter. It's attractive to both kids and dogs, neither of which should be allowed to operate or even touch it without the permission (and supervision) of a responsible adult. Safety first!

2. Don't walk away from the Pizzazz Plus when it's in use. First reason, you might not hear the "ding" when it's done and, even though the heating coils turn off at the end of the timed cycle, the residual heat may will burn the food (I should have taken a picture). Second reason, see number one above.

3. Using potholders, lift and remove the tray from the Pizzazz when you're satisfied that the food is done and set it on a cooling rack or cutting board to let the food, and the tray, cool.

4. To avoid damaging the surface of the tray, don't use a pizza wheel or knife until you've moved the pizza to a cutting board. See number 5.

5. Treat the tray carefully to make it last. Store it in a safe place where it won't get scratched. Use only utensils that are designed to be used on non-stick surfaces to keep from damaging the surface. Consider investing in a silicone or plastic spatula and tongs (useful for turning tater-tots, egg rolls, etc.) to use with the Presto Pizzazz.

6. Read the instruction booklet that comes with the appliance. Test it using the times and methods on the cooking charts then adjust accordingly based on your own preferences.

7. Don't overload the cooking tray with food; leave space between individual tater tots, chicken nuggets, etc. For instance, six cookies, spaced evenly, bake much better than nine or 10 cookies that are too close together.

But Wait, There's More!


(Did I say that already?) There are many other foods you can bake on the Pizzazz Plus, I just haven't gotten to them all. Besides typical frozen snack foods, cookies, and cinnamon rolls, the instruction booklet suggests grilled sandwiches and quesadillas, and even includes instructions for making s'mores. What's not to like about that?!

When I first looked, I was amazed at how many 5-star reviews this convenient countertop pizza oven had received. Now I know why. The very handy Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven gets 5 stars from me and has earned my "Sassy Susan" Seal of Approval.

Did you enjoy the review? Does this appliance appeal to you? How would you use it? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

QUICK LINKS:
Buy the Presto Pizzazz Plus at Home Depot (Best price as I type this - subject to change)
Buy it at Walmart
Buy it at Amazon.com

~Susan
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The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven does more than bake pizza. Use it to prepare convenience foods and snacks, even cookies and cinnamon rolls!




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25 comments:

  1. I, myself, considered purchasing a Presto Pizzazz Plus not very long ago. Like you, I didn't buy it simply because I didn't want more "stuff" on my kitchen counter, especially if I was not going to really use it very often. You've certainly peaked my interest again. Now that I know it has the "Sassy Susan" Seal of Approval I am quite tempted to find a new home for the blender and get this neat small kitchen appliance. I always want things that will make my life easier. Thanks for being our product tester!

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    1. My pleasure, Cynthia, especially since testing involved tasting!

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  2. Wow, what a handy kitchen gadget! I can certainly see all the advantages this Presto Pizzazz Plus Pizza oven has. Thanks for this great and detailed review. Your photos are making me hungry!

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  3. Wow! Great review and so many uses, I like the fact that you don't have to turn on the oven. I wish I had those cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Thanks Susan.

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  4. You had to go there with pizza! Susan you're really trying to get me to cook aren't you? What a neat gadget; I could easily get into this, especially with all the items you selected to showcase. Nicely presented! Sort of makes my cereal seem drab.

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    1. Fay, the Pizzazz is really easy to use. I like cereal, but a delicious hot pizza followed by warm cookies for dessert would be my choice!

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  5. Susan, I'm sold on this! Now I want one. Sounds like a handy and very useful item to have on hand!

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    1. Definitely handy and useful, Barbara. Thanks!

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  6. How much electricity do you save over the electric oven with this? It looks interesting, but I'd have to clear some room on the counter. I'm still having trouble envisioning how it cooks if it's open like that. How do cooking times compare to those in a regular oven?

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    1. Barb, see below for the answers to your questions. I missed the reply button!

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  7. Fun review! And I would have had no idea that you could do more than pizza on this little gadget. I totally overlooked these on commercials because I didn't want to use counter space for something that was so limited. But, clearly, it's as limited as I had thought.

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    1. I did exactly the same thing, Dawn! So very glad I realized there was much more to the Pizzazz than pizza!

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  8. Barb, cooking times are similar. Their difference is that your oven has to be preheated, which uses lots of energy. The Pizzazz does not. It only uses the two small heating elements which, again, take far less energy. I was very surprised how well the open configuration works. Space-wise, I store mine under the cabinet since it's lightweight and easy to pull out when I want to use it.

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  9. The Presto Pizzazz rotating oven sounds like something I would love! Those cinnamon rolls! drool!

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    1. We had some for breakfast this morning, Heather, and they were so good! It's so nice not to have to heat up the house to make them.

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  10. well now you've gone and done it! After this review and seeing this product, I want one! Also, terrific gift idea for people too - honestly, this may make my holiday Christmas list for someone - fabulous review too

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! This really is a good family gift idea, plus great to put on your own wish list!

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  11. Honestly, I wasn't so sure about another kitchen gadget until I saw the sweets, then I was sold. Now I want one.

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    1. I know, me too! I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of this gadget, using it at least once a week, maybe more. Egg rolls are on this week's menu and you can bet they'll be baked right here. They come out so nice and crispy, too. You might really need one, Rhonda!

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  12. You always find such interesting products. I love your spirit of adventure when it comes to experimenting with new gadgets. I also appreciate your style when it comes to writing reviews.

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    1. Diana, thank you so much for those very kind words! I do love to try new kitchen gadgets and products. Fortunately, my husband is very patient, especially when I pull out the camera. :D

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  13. I have to admit that I rarely make my own pizza, but this is a pretty cool kitchen accessory. Certainly doesn't heat up the kitchen like an oven would.

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  14. We have a travel trailer and bring it camping. Makes all those frozen foods and cinnamon buns... biscuits.. its wonderful!

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