As you know from the RVWranglers’ introductory video, at this writing we are in the process of downsizing for living life full time in an RV and are constantly looking for and evaluating products that will work well in our limited space in an RV or make life easier for us on the road.
It’s A Kitchen/Microwave grill called the RANGEMATE
The Rangemate is an interesting product designed to do things a microwave doesn’t normally do: grill, steam and bake.
I was first interested because most of the Class A RVs we were shopping had a convection/microwave combo unit, but not all of them were equipped with a conventional oven. My question was whether the Rangemate could provide a cooking solution that could let us consider RVs without a conventional oven. (We really need the oven space for a dishwasher, which seems like the perfect way to get my husband involved in doing the dishes!)
These come in two size/shapes. The rectangle version is larger, but the more basic version of the two. The cooking surface measures 7”W x 9.25”L and the grill comes with a lid and cookbook.
The round version offers the ability to steam and bake using the included silicone inserts as well as the grill. Measurements: with lid, Grill Pan 10-3/4″ Dia. x 5-1/4″H; Steam insert is 8-1/4″Diam x 3/4″H; the Muffin Pan insert is 8-1/4″ Dia. x 1″H and also includes a lid and cookbook.
I have been testing these at least a few times a week from everything from grilled meat, grilled cheese sandwiches, steamed or grilled veggies and poached eggs, among other things. The round version offers the capability of baking things like muffins and cupcakes, although I haven’t tried that yet.
The Product’s Main Features Are:
- Nonstick ceramic coating for extremely easy cleanup
- For use in microwave cooking only
- Microwave-safe up to 464°F or 350°F for Silicone inserts
- Hand wash only
- 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
Where to Buy?
The Rangemate is available through a number of sources online, but I found QVC.com to have the best selection of colors and a comprehensive return policy. Often they have offered an easy-pay solution that might come in handy if you’re on a tight budget.