Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d’Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet

Analogized to the “Lexus of Toyota,” the Japanese ?? Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d’Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet earns rave reviews ?. Owners enthusiastically praise this “excellent,” “beautiful,” “solidly made,” and “well-designed” model that’s pricey but well worth the cost. In addition to its high quality, this skillet comes with two cooking plates–a deep pan and a […]

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Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d’Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet

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Analogized to the “Lexus of Toyota,” the Japanese ?? Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet earns rave reviews ?. Owners enthusiastically praise this “excellent,” “beautiful,” “solidly made,” and “well-designed” model that’s pricey but well worth the cost. In addition to its high quality, this skillet comes with two cooking plates–a deep pan and a flat plate–as well as a vented steamer. Once you learn how to utilize each piece, you’ll realize that this single unit actually serves as a few different appliances.

So what does this mean?

Incredibly versatile, Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet can be used to prepare hash browns, tortillas, pancakes ?, okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake), bacon ?on the plate; soup ?and shabu-shabu (hot pot) in the deep pan; and shrimp ?, vegetables, and buns in the steamer. Users also list a myriad of other mouth-watering dishes ranging from hamburgers ?, macaroni, pork (chops, belly, pulled) to gyoza (dumplings) ?, Korean barbeque short ribs, beef tongue, and more.

And get this

The multiple pieces also are multifunctional in the overall meal preparation process. For example, you can use the plate and pan simultaneously with a little culinary choreography. First cook Recipe #1 (e.g., sweet and sour chicken ?in one vessel); when it’s done, remove the piece and place it on the stovetop to stay warm. Then cook Recipe #2 (e.g., beef broccoli ?) in the other unused vessel; when this dish is done, remove it and voilà–serve both recipes at the same time in their respective cookware.

Is it hot enough?

With an easily operated and responsive adjustable heat control, the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet heats up evenly and quickly to maintain a consistent, well-distributed temperature ?. When making hot pot, though, several users feel the unit takes “a while” to heat up to higher degrees and boil. They notice that when they add refrigerated or near frozen items to the deep pan (on the hottest setting) filled about ¾ with boiling liquid, it doesn’t heat up enough to return to a “high rolling boil” but simmers at most.

It’s not cut and dried…

Another quirk of the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet is that the bottoms of the pan and plate aren’t completely flat; each has a “light curve” or arch in center that allows excess fats to drain away…but also requires using more oil to compensate for oil running from the middle and gathers at the edges. Also, cooking runny foods (e.g., eggs, pancakes) can be tricky because the middle of the pan is slightly higher than the edges of the pan, resulting on runny food pooling at the sides.

Large and deep, the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet pan is suitable for a “decent size” family of several people. This ample vessel can accommodate cuisines like Shabu-shabu and multiple chicken breasts with vegetables. Some owners feel this unit overall can be a bit large to store easily.

This is interesting

What people do like is the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet’s unique electrical cord attachment ?. Designed for safety, the cord connects to the unit’s base with a magnet. Therefore, if someone trips over the cord, it detaches from the unit (instead of pulling it over), the skillet stays in place, and no scorching food goes flying to burn innocent bystanders and create a big hot mess.

The Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet is durable. We read reports of owners using it 18 months, two years, and more without any problems. Although the nonstick surface is easy to scratch, the appliance operates well for at least a couple of years.

Easy as one, two, three

The removable pan, plate, steamer, and lid are light as well as easy to clean and wipe dry. Clean the outside of the unit as well as the internal heating plate by wiping them down The Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet isn’t dishwasher safe but most owners don’t mind.

To learn about caring for and cleaning the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet, watch ?this helpful and informative video.

Features

  • Dimensions (with Deep Pan): 17 5/8” x 15” x 8 1/8”
  • Cooking surface: 12” diameter x 2½” deep
  • Includes glass lid, two cooking plates (deep pan and flat plate), vented steamer, and detachable power cord
  • Temperature range: 176°F (Warm) to 480°F
  • Power: 120 volts, 1,350 watts
  • Manual (downloadable here)
  • Limited one-year warranty
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