Evaluation: Anydays microwave cookware conjures up surprisingly scrumptious dinner – Quick Firm
In midsummer my apartment fluctuates dangerously between 85 and 95 degrees, which makes cooking dinner an absolutely miserable experience. A hot air fryer became my savior last year, but it also proved quite limiting. Sometimes I wanted those toasted, juicy flavors and textures that you get from stewing in the oven for hours. When Anyday, a cookware brand that challenges microwaving delicious meals, aggressively surfaced on social media, I had to give it a try.
In March, Anyday launched direct sales for consumers with glass dishes specially developed for microwave cooking. Her collection consists of four bowls – two deep, two flat, in medium and large sizes – made of frosted, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with microwave safe Stainless steel and silicone-rimmed glass lid. Each has a silicone button that acts as a steam valve when opened and creates a vacuum seal when pushed down. Anyday was founded by Steph Chen and strongly endorsed by business partner chef David Chang. Anyday looks like your average food maker – but it isn’t.
[Photo: courtesy Anyday]
Cookware innovations run in Chen’s blood – her family owns Meyer Corporation, makers of Anolon, Faberware, and KitchenAid – and their pursuit of Anyday arose from gourmets’ aversion to microwave dishes. She found that people (like me) found microwaves to be an unnecessarily harsh method of cooking that deprived food of moisture, texture, and nutrients – which is just not true. When so many juicy and delicious meals are hailed as “low and slow” cooked, how could something drawn in minutes be nearly as good?
Anyday’s product is simple enough: the glass bowls are sold individually ($ 30 to $ 40), including lids, or as a set of four for $ 120. The set comes with recipe cards, but users can also refer to the website where the company has a database of recipes ranging from mushroom risotto to peanut butter chocolate lava cake to shrimp scampi and cereal. It underscores the versatility of the bowls – whether you want to steam rice or prepare a full meal like couscous with lemon, chicken and dates – and notice how much time you “save” by opting for a microwave with cheeky suggestions of what to use the free minutes should begin. (The four to five minutes you spent on a Chinese steam egg? Check out a podcast.)
Chen explained that the bowls use the efficient heating power of microwaves (rapidly vibrating the food’s water molecules to create heat) to heat up quickly, while the ventilated buttons help circulate steam, resulting in a moist, never dry dinner leads. One of the other big hurdles Chen faced was educating users about how microwaves work in general – to sufficiently convince them to try dinner. This is where Chang’s help came in when he made a series of very compelling videos of complete microwave meals made with fresh ingredients straight from his refrigerator. “It’s about as good as I can make food at home,” he says as he digs into a stew rice and salmon bowl.
[Photo: courtesy Anyday]
Following his example, I made an amazing lunch of half a cup of white rice, frozen stir-fried vegetables, and frozen shrimp in the anyday medium deep dish. Spoon up some chili chips and you have an amazing lunch with little to zero kitchen time. The prawns were plump and cooked evenly with zero oil. Frozen vegetables retain their firmness and light crispness. Plus, the ability to throw in a handful of vegetables when cooking the protein makes it even more pointless to put some greens in every meal.
Spinach dip is dangerously easy to prepare with Anyday. Creamy and emulsified, it’s made with splashes of refrigerator staples and a couple of handfuls of frozen spinach. Silky mashed potatoes are cooked in a bowl and ready to serve in minutes. It’s nice to be able to serve meals straight out of the microwave (!!!) and then seal leftovers in the jar they were cooked in. And when it’s all over, cleaning up is a breeze.
Some recipes require some trial and error. Replicating Chang’s salmon took a few turns before the fish was flaky and cooked through. I followed the directions and ended up with a rock-hard rice puck as I cooked my first batch. (Always follow the watt and power level instructions.) When I was successful, the rice turned out to be good and practical, but I still find it hard to imagine this method replacing my beloved rice cooker. While I was worried about what I would do if I rummaged through Anyday’s recipe database, Chen assured me that her team of chief testers would update the selection regularly in the hopes that the development of user recipes à la Instant Pot community.
Even so, Anyday is a brand that I can’t believe TikTok isn’t already famous for. Every time I open an Anyday bowl, I turn to my friend and think, “Can you believe that ?!” The experience is almost always a thrill – like the first months of amazement with an electric pressure cooker or a hot air fryer, only that they are much more restrained and cheaper. I’ve already sent an Anyday bowl to a friend who loves cooking but has had problems since she was born. (Baby food is apparently doable in an anyday.) It’s an easy win for a busy family in minutes.
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