The latest crowdfunding smash on Kickstarter may also be the simplest object ever sold on the platform. The Misen Oven Plate is just a 10" x 13.5", 6mm-thick piece of steel with rounded corners. And it just shot past the $1-million mark.
Cooking utensil company Misen says that your average oven fluctuates wildly in temperature, exposing its contents to a rollercoaster of temperatures that can yield inconsistent results.
So, Misen says, they've borrowed a trick from pro chefs to even out the temperature, which is to merely add a steel plate below (and/or above) the dish being cooked.
I don't doubt (much) that the plate might be useful; it's just sobering, as someone trained in industrial design, to see a product with almost no design applied to it achieve such wild success. The campaign was seeking just $25,000, and they're now 4,000%-plus funded, with 27 days left to pledge.
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The plates run 50 bucks a pop, or 80 for a pair.
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> “ it's just sobering, as someone trained in industrial design, to see a product with almost no design applied to it achieve such wild success...”
2 incredible achievements:
Nothing new- just more durable and easier to care for than a pizza stone. I bought a bigger one made by Pizzacraft over a year ago on Amazon for $45 and would do it again. It does have a finish of some sort on it so it hasn't rusted. When we order pizza, we get it unsliced and throw it right on the steel for a few minutes for a crisp crust. I hate soggy or undercooked pie crusts- this fixes that, cookies bottoms are better browned. Haven't roasted vegetables though- use the grill for that.
Misen nicely presents a relatable problem, but not sure the product is as amazing as advertised. There are a lot of variables for even cooking results, but preheating is very important. Usually an oven is finished preheating when the cavity air reaches temperature, however, if a cook preheats the oven so that the cavity itself is hot the temperature is more even and cooking results more consistent. Adding 6mm metal plates to the oven might increase cavity preheat time by +20 min, but ultimately yes, would help keep the temperature steady. Of course there are also different oven modes like convection bake which is designed to circulate hot air evenly... Misen didn't show too much detail in terms of testing. If you've made it this far reading this comment, you should also know I designed the fluctuating temperature Bosch wall ovens tested in the kickstarter campaign so I can speak on this topic at length. :)
Yet Apple will charge $35 for a USB C to Lightning cable... which also costs pennies to produce. With a steel plate, you still have a relevant steel plate after a decade. ;-)
It's definitely not for the casual chef, but as a tool for someone trying to dial in their craft, I can see how this would appeal to the pro-sumer. And as far as the "almost no design applied," comment, would encourage you to watch the dieter rams doc and compare this to the last 2 kickstarters posted here.
I wonder how it will rust, maintain, and last if it's not stainless steel. At least I'm assuming it's not stainless since they don't mention it.
browning? looks more like burning