Author: Maurice Savaryego, M.Sc.Eng. (Learn More)
The MASTRAD A64601 TOP Chips Maker and Slicer Set
To use, you simply have to slice the potatoes or other fruits and vegetables thinly and evenly using the mandolin. Place them in a single layer on the chips tray, and microwave according to enclosed directions. When done, season with your favorite topping and you have a healthy and delicious snack that you will not regret eating or serving your children.
As mentioned, you can stack multiple trays to cook more than one serving at a time. This feature can be used for kids to experiment and try different vegetables and fruits.
The Mastrad Top Chips maker measures 10.9 by 1.1 by 10.9 inches and weighs 9 ounces. It is therefore usable even with the smallest of microwaves.
Note that additional trays can be obtained (see the MASTRAD A64501 product below in Amazon products section) so you can use the tray interlocking feature to cook more than one serving of potato chips at a time, or different varieties such as carrot or banana chips.
Other Brands of Microwave Chips Makers
To use, you simply hold the vegetable or fruit with the holder, slice it thinly with the slicer, take the slices and place them into the slots of the rack or on the tray (depending on whether the product comes with a tray or a rack), and then microwave according to directions.
Note that unlike the Mastrad chip maker, these other products do not allow interlocking of multiple trays in order to cook simultaneously more than one serving of potato chips or different varieties of chips.
Another popular chip maker (other than the Mastrad) is the Ronco Chip-Tastic shown below (please click the images for more info):
So which microwave chips maker to get?
As mentioned in the introduction above, it takes a few tries until you perfect your microwave chips making technique. Once you are there, both products described above should make you delicious chips. If you are not satisfied with the results of your first tries, it is quite probably because you are not following the directions that come with the product (temperature and time settings, quantities made, etc). Having said that, when you compare microwave chip makers, there are some differences one should consider:
1The MASTRAD trays are made of silicone as opposed to the other brands' trays that are made of plastic. As a low-taint, non-toxic material, silicone can safely be used where contact with food is required, and silicone is fast becoming an important product in the cookware industry. On the other hand, with plastic there has been some concern that food may absorb some of the plasticizers used in plastic, particularly at high temperatures when microwaving. Therefore, even though the plastic used in the other brands' trays is no doubt of high quality, we prefer a silicone product over a plastic product.
2The MASTRAD trays come with a mechanism that can be used to interlock multiple trays to make larger quantities of chips. You can even purchase a two-tray model (please see below). That may become a critical feature when you need to prepare chips during a party for a number of people. This feature is not offered by the other brands.
3Amazon buyers have expressed in their reviews a higher satisfaction level with the MASTRAD chips maker as they were able to perfect their ability to prepare the perfect chips in less time.
For the above reasons, when you compare microwave potato chip makers, we recommend the MASTRAD even though it is slightly more expensive than the other brands.
Finally, here are some important tips to observe while using your chip maker:
Important Tips: The chip maker should not be used to cook foods with high fat or sugar content. It should not be used on stove-tops or in conventional gas or electric ovens. For better results, you should slice your potatoes about 1/16" (2mm) thick. These products are all dishwasher safe, but for stubborn stains wash with a soap and water solution and not with abrasive detergents.
Mastrad & Other Microwave Chips Makers on Amazon
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Mastrad Chip Maker Set
Mastrad Chip Maker Trays (2)
Mastrad Recipe Book
Ronco Chip-Tastic Chip Maker Set
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