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Miele Steam Oven Review: the Vitasteam DG 1050

Three weeks ago a Miele steam oven arrived on my doorstep ready for a fortnight of vigorous review testing. It was a heavy great lump to lift onto the kitchen work-top but deceptively simple to use once I got going:

Miele DG 1050 Vistasteam Steam Oven

The oven has a silver panel at the top containing the control dial and a yellow-on-black LED (in-keeping with all Miele read-outs) display. Just push the button a number of times to get the parameter you want to set and then rotate the dial to set the value.

The first job was to clean the oven by using the dial to set the timer to ten minutes and the temperature to 100° (the maximum setting on this model). Then just wait until the temperature increases to the desired level and wait for the time given. When the oven finishes its job open the door and stand well back! Steam gushes out of the appliance at an alarming rate. If you wear glasses and get caught in the middle of the cloud they’re going to need a clean.

Mediterranean Chicken

Here’s a little recipe I tried. It’s basically some chicken breasts covered in diced tomato and onion and medallions of mozzarella cheese.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 generous splashes of marsala
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil leaves
  • Mozzarella

Put the chicken breasts on the solid oven tray. Add the diced tomatoes and onions with the chopped garlic and distribute evenly over the chicken. Add the basil leaves. Overlap the mozzarella cheese over the top and splash the marsala all over.

Heat in the steam oven for 16 minutes at 100°.

Miele DG 1050  Vistasteam Steam Oven

The result did not disappoint. The chicken was cooked right the way through with no sogginess anywhere. The vegetables were cooked but nicely moist the cheese was melted deliciously.

Now I just need to find a place in my kitchen where I can have one of these things built in!

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7 Comments

  1. Nic
    Posted Wednesday, 16th June, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    That looks really good! What else did you try cooking in it? I was wondering what bread would be like.

  2. Posted Saturday, 19th June, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Well, I did try to do a jacket potato but its not in the cook-book they sent and none of my guesses as to cooking time seemed to be enough — not even 45 minutes!

    I didn't try bread. I would think it would just end up a soggy mush but what do I know!

  3. Posted Sunday, 14th November, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Good stuff. I used to own one of those old jet stream ovens. I think I’m going to get on of these now.

  4. Russell Ramsden
    Posted Monday, 24th January, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I just won the newer version of this (The Miele DG 1450) in a competition, unfortunately I am going travelling for 2 years so do not require it. Does anyone have any info on where I could advertise it.

    Thanks

  5. Jessica
    Posted Wednesday, 18th May, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    How much do you plan to sell it?

  6. Judith
    Posted Friday, 31st January, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Due they sell the DG-1050 or the DG-1450 in the USA?

  7. Posted Saturday, 1st February, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Judith,

    At the time this article was written (mid 2010) the DG 1050 / DG 1450 were due make room for a new range. A quick look at Miele’s US website indicates that their current range is made up of the DG 4084 and the DG 4086.

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