Cooking at the speed of light, Brava oven review

We are fortunate to get a lot of product reviews here in the guide. In the kitchen world, we’re not sure if we’d be more excited to review a product than Brava. We’ve had the chance to live with Brava for about a month and have had to do a lot of experimenting, and we were very impressed with the results.

What is brava?

If you’re not familiar with the Brava, it’s a powerful cooking appliance that lives on your worktop much like a toaster oven and is about the same size as a large capacity air fryer oven. The main difference is the technology behind the device.

The brilliance of Brava’s innovation is that it uses patented Pure Light technology that harnesses the power of light for energy. With Pure Light technology, you can cook food in record time. You can cook foods two to four times faster than your oven, with no heating element, just light.

The experts at Brava compare the cooking process to the process of disco with the choreography of light. The lights pulse at different intensity and speed depending on the programmed food setting or cooking style. Six lights allow you to cook proteins and vegetables at the same time on the same tray, and everything is cooked to perfection through the cooking zone.

The lights can be turned on and off to provide pizza oven level ‘heat’ to a specific area. It also pulses to provide sear without overcooking. Pure Light technology also makes cooking healthier, eliminating the need for a lot of oil. The great thing about cooking with light is that no preheating is necessary. You can go from 0-500 degrees in less than a second! When using some of the manual cooking modes, you will notice that the Brava is capable of “preheating”. However, this is used to simulate certain cooking conditions (specifically baking), so that the dough’s cooking surfaces are not subjected to shock.

if Amplifiers From the classic Star Trek series that comes to mind, you’re not far away. Brava is currently equipped with 6,669 recipes, and more are being added regularly by the Brava recipe development team. The Brava app also connects you to a community of other Brava owners who offer hundreds of different custom cooking recipes that you can download to your device with the tap of a button.

It comes with nine preset cooking functions for general cooking, including Pro Cook, where experienced Brava chefs can program meals from a single tray and cook different ingredients to their liking. You can even monitor your cooking through an indoor camera that is hard to stop watching. Finally, like any new cooking machine these days, you can easily control (and watch) everything from your smartphone app.

Here’s the fun part: the test

As you probably gathered, the Brava is a complex cooking tool. Although the product design team at Brava have done a great job making the control panel very easy to use, it can still be very impressive. That’s why Brava offers one-on-one onboard calls with each of its customers to review cooking functions, accessories and technologies in detail. This is an area where Brava goes above and beyond and really stands out in terms of creating a community between the brand and its customers.

Bacon, boiled eggs and toast

Breakfast is cooked with brava.

After the prep session, we were ready to cook – and in a good mood for breakfast. The bacon test was one of the tests we were keen to do, in order to see if Brava could replicate the same results as a good conventional oven (but faster).

So, we searched for bacon in the Control Panel, and the recipe came up right away. You can choose between slices, bits, or standard weaves. After making your selection, it takes you to the recipe guide, which you can access at any time. You can specify the number of slices / the number of zones in which cooking will take place. You then choose between chewy or crunchy bacon, after which you have the option to customize your dish by adjusting the cooking time.

Bacon tray in brava.

Since this is the first thing we cook, we were conservative and cut down on the time. We put bacon inside, and it was done in 7 minutes. It wasn’t as crunchy as we liked (and we should have trusted only the initial time), so we developed it for another 2 minutes, and it turned out perfectly. Each cooking function has an “Optimize” option to increase the cooking time by 30 seconds.

So, we achieved perfectly crispy bacon in about 9 minutes without preheating. Brava oven 1 0

Toast in brava.

Next on the breakfast menu was toast. Toast is another simple food item that is often tried by kitchen gadgets that fall short of an ordinary Jane’s toaster. We opted for the toast function and opted for lighter level 2 toast, and in less than 3 minutes we had some great toast. We might say Brava ties the traditional roaster together in terms of time and quality. Unlike some kitchen appliances that replace a toaster oven (such as an air fryer oven), the Brava provides gentle toasting on both sides of the bread without having to turn it over. It was nice to know that Brava could take over the countertop real estate in our old toaster oven without any regrets.

The last breakfast item on the menu was a boiled egg. This was one of the items we saw advertised and were excited to try it out. Having found hard-boiled eggs on the list, we instructed the guide to add three tablespoons of water to a Brava egg pan, then add our eggs. We put the tray in Brava, and after 5 minutes, we came out perfectly boiled eggs. Without a doubt, it’s faster, easier and less messy than boiling eggs the old-fashioned way.

Boiled eggs cooked in brava.

Cooked chicken and vegetables

Marinated chicken on a cutting board.

The next meal we chose to prepare was another we saw promoted on the Brava website. This recipe was the first we used a temperature probe. The directions were straightforward. We cut the vegetables and put them evenly in the pan. Next, we seasoned the 4-pound chicken, seasoned it, and weighed it over the vegetables. We inserted the probe into the thickest part of the breast, positioned the probe’s chord appropriately (shown in setup), and pressed the strumming.

Whole chicken cooked in brava.

In general the chicken and veggies came out great. The skin was crunchy (and could have gotten crunchier if we took the time to marinate the chicken in the water), the vegetables weren’t over cooked, and they added a delicious taste thanks to the chicken juice. The cooking time for this recipe was about 80 minutes, which is the equivalent of a standard oven. But, with an oven, we weren’t able to do it all at once without overcooking the vegetables. For this reason, Brava receives the point.

Whole chicken cooked in brava.

Pecan steak with asparagus

Raw steak with asparagus.

The next meal we decided to have at Brava was to test how thoroughly it was cooked. We got some lovely steaks from the butcher’s table at Maru Detroit. We chose asparagus to go with these delicious cuts and experience the cooking of the Brava region.

Steak cooked with asparagus.

We didn’t bring any recipes for the pecana and asparagus steak, but there was one for the New York strip and asparagus, so we went with that. The instructions were clear and direct. Drizzle a little olive oil over the steak and asparagus and add salt and pepper. We injected the probe into one steak, and after about ten minutes, we had a perfectly medium-rare steak with a great sear that you can’t get once a steak is in the oven. The asparagus was mushy but not over cooked.

Professional cooking with Brava

Raw salmon with vegetables.

After trying Brava, we felt confident enough to try out the Brava Pro Cooking functionality. The Pro Cooking function allows you to set up customized cooking according to the region. For each zone, you set the level of light intensity, where the light is directed (up, down, or both), and your preference for burning. The light settings for each zone change every 12 seconds depending on the total cooking time you select.

We decided to cook salmon fillet (light level on top), some cauliflower (light level medium on top and bottom), and fingerling potatoes (high light level on top and bottom). We set it for 20 minutes and went with the glass tray, hoping the potatoes would cook more quickly than they would in the metal tray.

Salmon cooked with vegetables.

In general, the result was as expected. The broccoli and salmon were well cooked with a nice sear on the broccoli. The potatoes needed more time, so we removed the salmon and broccoli and fried the potatoes in air at 450 for another 8 minutes, and they came out great.

As you can probably tell, if you’re going to test your skills (or more appropriately, Brava’s) in making a Pro Cook, you should expect that this will likely involve some trial and error until you’ve mastered the cooking times and patterns for all the ingredients. However, consulting with the Brava communities via the app, Facebook, and YouTube can provide plenty of excellent cooking ideas and tips to get it right the first time.

Final impressions and considerations

In the end, we were very impressed with the Brava’s cooking performance and how easy it is to use the device considering the complexity of the cooking technology. An extensive recipe database and ease of use can help novice home cooks up their cooking game without much effort. It also enables experienced cooking experience and making their own creations while serving as a complementary kitchen tool to speed up cooking time when working with other appliances.

There is no reason that this is an expensive tool; However, we think you’ll find yourself using it a lot more than most others, thanks to its thoughtful, used first design. Also, the Brava cooking cam will make you marvel at Pure Light technology and provide an extra element of fun to your overall culinary experience. If you have any questions or issues with the unit, the customer service team and community are quick to help and resolve any issue you may have. Long story short, we think the investment is worth it.

Some considerations are that this is a large and heavy device, so plan to allocate some flat real estate to it and then leave it there. A smaller kitchen may suffer from such housing. Also, Brava accessories aren’t cheap either. The Chef’s Choice package includes all cooking accessories, but it’s $400 more than the starter set. Many of the recipes in Brava call for things like the egg, the chef, and the square, which are not included in the starter kit. So, if you want to relax in accessories, know that your recipe options will be limited, and you will have to invest more in the future. Brava is compatible with other cookware, but Brava accessories are highly recommended.

Ultimately, if you are someone who wants kitchen technology and needs a tool that has the capabilities of many other things like an air fryer, toaster oven, microwave, and more – the Brava upfront investment is well worth it. We can attest that the Pure Light technology that Brava uses isn’t new, and we expect it to be something other brands will try to catch up with for years to come.

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