Joseph Joseph launches M-Cuisine microwave collection

Joseph Joseph aims to reinvent microwave cooking with M-Cuisine collection

London kitchenware brand Joseph Joseph has developed a collection of containers for microwave cooking that can be used to prepare full meals rather than just heating up leftovers (+ slideshow).

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The M-Cuisine collection is made entirely from injection-moulded polypropylene, allowing all items to be used in a microwave.

"The range is designed for cooking a wider range of everyday foods that you might not expect to cook in the microwave," said the brand's co-founders, brothers Richard and Antony Joseph. "But using the microwave's timing and exact temperature controls means you get excellent results."

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The range includes a four-piece stacking cooking set, which enables users to heat multiple dishes simultaneously; a rice and grain cooker; a pasta cooker; an egg-poacher; an omelette bowl; and a "cool-touch" bowl and dish.

Joseph Joseph worked with design consultancy Youmeus to research problems with current microwave cooking.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

They identified that while 80 per cent of households own a microwave, it is rarely used for anything beyond reheating leftovers or cooking ready-made meals. The research also suggested that the dishes used are often inappropriate, leading to spills, burns and the frustration of only being able to heat one dish at a time.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

"Using a microwave is all about convenience, most of us use the microwave for everyday simple cooking tasks," said the pair. "We wanted to create a range of cooking products that went further and allowed you to prepare meals or cook a wider range of food types using the microwave."

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

"M-Cuisine is a collection of tools that aim improve these tasks by offering better ergonomics and combining multiple functions in each item," they added.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The Microwave 4-piece Stackable Cooking Set comprises a main cooking pot for rice, pasta or potatoes; a steamer basket for vegetables or fish; a griddle for bacon or asparagus; and a reversible lid that doubles up as a microwave plate.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The pieces can be used singly, or in combination to prepare a whole meal. Each has integrated handles to ensure safe removal from the microwave without the need for oven gloves.


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Staple carbohydrate foods are catered for with the Microwave Rice and Grain Cooker and All-in-one Microwave Pasta Cooker.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The former comprises a two-litre cooking pot and lid, colander, measuring cup and multi-purpose rice paddle that doubles up as both a lock and a carry handle.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The latter incorporates an integrated colander, a portion guide for spaghetti, a water-level indicator for efficient cooking and easy-carry edges. Both enable the user to simply add water and then cook, drain and serve straight from the microwave.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

The designers claim the Microwave Egg Poacher provides the "authentic taste and texture" of poached eggs without the traditional "mess and mixed results" of using a pan. It includes an integrated egg cracker and colanders.

M-Cuisine by Joseph Joseph

Finally, the Microwave Omelette Bowl combines a preparation bowl and cooking vessel, saving on washing up, while the Microwave Cool-Touch Bowl and Microwave Cool-Touch Dish have a double-walled construction to ensure the outside surface remains cool after heating.

Other recent cooking innovations include a microwave on wheels and a coffee maker that brews an espresso inside a microwave in 30 seconds.