Tenderloin Filet a la Advantium

So as I talked about earlier, I am the proud new owner of a GE Advantium oven.  And as part of my collaboration with GE, I’m going to go on an adventure to see how this new technology can help me do more in the kitchen and share what I learn here on BAH.

The first thing I learned is that my kitchen is now smarter than I am.  But I mean that in a good way.  The Advantium comes with over 175 preset cooking programs for everything from bagel bites to tenderloin filets.  With the press of a button and the turn of the knob, you can set it and forget it until the Advantium lets you know that you need to do something…like flip your filet or get to eating.

Through the various cooking modes you can:

  • Microwave
  • Convection Bake
  • Speedcook
  • Warm
  • Proof dough
  • Broil
  • Toast

All that in a single appliance.  I swear, I am not making this up.  It’s as though a bit of Jetson’s technology is living in my kitchen.  And that’s good news for me because the Advantium solves some of my big problems.

First, I’m terrified of my broiler.  I avoid it at all costs which means that I forgo things like sizzling hot steaks.  I think my fear has a lot to do with not being able to keep a close eye on what’s happening under that flame.  With Broil, I can see through the window and monitor what’s happening to my steak.

Second, there is no room on my counter for a toaster.  It lives in the cabinet above the stove which means I have to find the step stool, get it out of the cabinet, and clean up whatever crumbs spill out of it each and every time I want to make some toast.  Then I have to wait for it to cool off, shake out the latest batch of crumbs, and climb back on the step stool to put it away.  As you might imagine, there has been a prolonged toast shortage here at BAH.  Thank you Toast setting for allowing me to reunite with toasted nooks and crannies.

Third, I don’t have a good spot to set bread dough to rise.  The kitchen is drafty and inside the big oven is where the pots and pans live.  Every time I set about making bread or rolls, it’s a crap shoot whether my dough is even going to rise.  I can see myself making good friends with Proof.

And maybe most exciting of all is how Speedcook will make things like roast chicken a viable weeknight meal option.  Monday through Friday, I don’t have 90 minutes for dinner to cook.  But I can carve out the 45 minutes Speedcook needs to roast a 5 pound whole chicken while I do something like speedwatch the episodes of Modern Family that have accumulated on my Tivo.  Speedcook, I see you as my newly acquired super power.

So the Advantium wasn’t even out of the box before I was plotting what to make in it first.  Flipping through the cookbook that came with it, I spied Steak au Poivre.  This is the dish that I had seen demo’d down at GE in the spring.  And I knew that’s how I would christen my Advantium because it’s the kind of recipe that I would be too intimidated to try either on top of the stove or under the broiler.

The filet was prepped and ready and went into the oven using the Speedcook preset for 1 filet cooked to Medium.  And without a single moment of preheating, it was done in 16 minutes.  Hell, it would take my big oven that long just to heat to 500 degrees.  Not only did it cook in less time than the entire process would have taken in my traditional oven, I also didn’t have the wasted energy of the big oven heating to an incredibly high temperature before I could begin to cook.

So what’s my verdict?  The tenderloin filet came out of the Advantium sizzling hot and was cooked to a perfect medium.  Being that I’m more of a medium rare girl, I’m going to take advantage of the ability to add custom cooking programs and set myself up with a Medium Rare preset.  Which means that next time I’m only going to have to wait about 12 minutes for my sizzling steak needs to be met.

Yes, I think Advantium is going to make me a Super Hero in my kitchen.

Disclaimer:  As part of my partnership with GE, I received an Advantium oven.  All opinions posted about my Advantium experience are my own.

My GE Advantium Experience

I am horrible at keeping secrets.  And yet there has been a happy little nugget of news that I’ve been sitting on for a while.  No, not THAT kind of news.  Geez.  Remember earlier this year when I shared with you the first rate experience I had down in Louisville as a guest of GE at their Experience Center?  Mais non?  Well then clicky here.

I came home from that trip thinking that in our next house, whenever that may happen, it would be nice to incorporate the Advantium technology into the kitchen.  And then life kept rolling along and took my mind off of the serious case of Advantium envy that came home with me from the great state of Kentucky.  Now fast forward a few months.  Out of the blue, the folks at GE reached out to me wanting to know if I would be interested in helping them tell the Advantium story.

Would I want to receive an Advantium of my very own to use and then talk about it here on the blog?  That was like asking me “does butter taste good?”.

I had someone ask if it felt like I was selling out by agreeing to collaborate with GE on this project.  And I thought it was a legitimate question.  My answer was “no”, and here’s why…I already use GE appliances.  I am already one of their consumers.  Heck, if it weren’t for GE and their 18 inch dishwasher, The Mistah and I would still be in handwashing hell in our ridiculously small kitchen.  When I had the choice of what brand appliances I would purchase for our kitchen, I chose GE.

Another reason I didn’t feel like this was a case of selling out is because GE is not dictating the content of my posts.  They are providing me with the product but I am not being told what to say about my experience with it.  If you’ve followed my kitchen adventures for a while, you know that I talk about failures as much as I do successes.  Frankly, the Advantium is going to challenge me as I learn to harness the power of Speed Cooking and Convection.  I expect that there’s going to be bumps in the road…and I won’t gloss over them and pretend that they don’t exist.  But I also expect that this tool is going to help me do more when it comes to cooking.

I’m not sidestepping the fact that companies are in business to promote and sell their products.  That’s what businesses do.  And as customers, it is up to each of us to make the best, most informed decision of how to spend our consumer dollars.  So by hearing me talk about being able to roast a chicken for a Tuesday night meal instead of reheating leftovers from the weekend, you may decide that this product is right for you.  Or you might decide that it’s not.  I’m not here to tell you that your life will magically become picture perfect because you can cook, bake, microwave, and warm in a single appliance.

What I am here to do is share my real experiences of using the Advantium product.  I have an opportunity to be part of the conversation.  Is it flattering to have a company single me out and say “we like what you’re doing, what you represent, and we’d like to have you help tell our story”?  Absolutely.  It is hugely validating.  But it is also a responsibility that I take very seriously.  That’s why I chose to publicly state my reasons for deciding to partner with GE on this project instead of merely including a disclaimer on each Advantium post stating that I have been provided with the product but that the opinions expressed are my own.

Am I beyond excited to have this opportunity? Am I looking forward to the adventure that is about to unfold in my kitchen?  Again, that’s like asking me “does butter taste good?”.