I don’t often do product reviews, but this Nostalgia BSET300 Breakfast Station, a 3-in-1 “Retro Series” cooking appliance is worthy of taking a bit of a tangent away from our main focus here. Of course, Ethnic Foods R Us is all about cooking recipes from ethnic cultures the world over. One of the “ethnic” cultures we cover is campfire and campsite cooking, which is very popular in the United States and Canada, as well as some European countries. Since that is the case, I felt it appropriate to present and review this handy little appliance.
Now, don’t be misled – the Nostalgia BSET300 Breakfast Station is not specifically designed for camping trip cooking. It comes with a 3-prong electrical plug that requires a grounded electrical outlet that will provide at least 1500 watts of power. So it is primarily designed to be a convenient appliance in small home kitchens, or in mobile homes and RV’s with limited space. In those situations this little marvel can be a tremendous asset.
But if you are camping with a camper/trailer that has electrical power, or …
… if you bring along with you a generator (the quiet kind, for camping courtesy and calm), the Nostalgia BSET300 Breakfast Station Retro Series 3-in-1 will be not only very handy, but lots of fun to have when it comes time to cook up some great meals.
Here are the specifications:
- Cook eggs or meat on the non-stick griddle
- Multi-functioning toaster oven bakes; toasts and reheats food
- Coffee maker brews up to 4 cups of coffee at a time
- 30 minute timer with automatic shut-off
- Removable oven tray and nonstick griddle make cleanup easy
Product Details: (As per Amazon.com Listing)
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 11.5 x 12 inches ; 12 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 pounds
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S.
- ASIN: B00LS7VOCC
- Item model number: BSET300RETRORED
I found this product to be everything it was touted to be and more. Not only does it cook eggs, bacon, waffles, etc., you can make superb breakfasts with it, but I was also able to bake a 7″ pizza in the oven that came out great. The coffee maker brews 4 cups at a time. You can bake dinner rolls, cupcakes, cookies, and I’m sure much more. Also, and this is not a performance feature, but it looks good – sleek, colorful, compact and neat with nice lines.
Now, mind you – this is a very simple, uncomplicated appliance. Do not expect the bells and whistles and fine features of an upscale oven, or a top of the line coffee maker, or a fancy grille. The grille has two heat level options: either on or off – no adjustments. The oven has just two heat settings, at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 300 degrees. On the negative side, the one design feature I did not like was the drip pan. It is smaller than the grille, so cleanup can be a bit of a greasy mess.
But all in all, the Nostalgia BSET300 Breakfast Station Retro Series 3-in-1 gets a solid 4 stars from me. I like it so much I bought a quiet camping generator so I can take it with me on rustic camping trips. I will still probably cook breakfasts over the open campfire most of the time. I love that morning ritual. However, those breakfasts take a long time to prepare, when you factor in having to build the fire and waiting for the wood to burn down to coals suitable for cooking on. Some days you need to be out of camp early, going sight seeing, hiking to a nearby nature attraction, driving to a guided tour that starts early in the morning, or whatever. In those instances, having this little baby with you will enable you to have breakfast and coffee ready to got in just a few minutes.
Oh – and the price? You won’t break the bank buying one of these puppies. I think it is a steal, considering all that it can do …
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That wraps up the Old Silly’s review, I hope you found it useful. Before you click off and away, please leave a comment. Have you tried or seen the Nostalgia BSET300 Breakfast Station Retro Series 3-in-1? Would you use (or have you already used) such an appliance in your camping trailer, on a rustic camping trip, or perhaps in your RV or a home kitchen with limited space?
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