Discussion in 'Food & Drink' started by brigitte, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. brigitte

    brigitte Well-Known Member

    Well, I just brought home a kitchen gadget catalogue and come across an item called a Remoska, which is a Czech cooking pot. Quite intriguing, so I thought I'd put up about it on here in case anyone here knows anything about Remoska cooking. The catalogue is of a UK household gadgetery, and the items can I think be ordered from overseas. I've included the website address, just type Remoska in the search window and all the range comes up!! As I live near a branch, going to try and find those Moravian cookies..... :wink:

    Website www.lakelandlimited.co.uk
  2. We are Remoska addicts! Use one in the Czech Republic and use one in Yorkshire which we bought from Lakeland Plastics.
    The pans damage fairly easily and the top now looks far from pristine The interior having gone a rather fetching shade of blue. BUT it works a treat. Very cheap to run and with a bit of experimenting can be used for an amazing variety of cooking. Had hoped to get around to posting recipes on my web-site .. but it will have to join the queue!
    The current version of the design by Oldřich Homata came out in 1957. The original remoska was invented before the 2nd world war.
  3. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member

    I will have to give one a try (cooking is a hobby of mine) - but it does rather seem like an upside down crock pot.
  4. It is an UPSIDE DOWN CROCK POT! But the strange thing is that its combination of direct and indirect heat + steam produce a quite different cooking environment. The cooking is not particularly gentle and things cook quickly. The Czechs now have a Mini version that I assume will hit the international market soon (if it as not done so already) This has a solid lid slightly reminiscent of the earlier version of the cooker
  5. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member

    neat! I will hunt for one, but it may take some time - we use that "funny" electricity over here (110-120V) and they may not be made for it yet. Can hardly wait to see the infomercials for them (someone will jump on it, I'm sure).
  6. Funny Electricity.
    Last year we bought an immaculate early Remoska. Alas, we did not notice that it was for 'funny electricity' . When we turned it on the aluminium pan melted!
  7. brigitte

    brigitte Well-Known Member

    Silly reply I know, but can you get one of things that alters the voltage to the country you are using it in. I know you can get travel plugs over here that come with various attachments for use abroad, but surely there is something that converts the voltage of an appliance from another country?

    As I said, a daft post, but I'm querying it, as I remember in the UK before Caller Display was available in this country there were American phones you could buy that had this facility. Although you could buy them legally, it was illegal here to plug them in. But I think I remember some people having them and using them..... And they were meant for the US market, so whoever was using them obviously used some kind of voltage converter! Think they had to be plugged into the mains to get the caller ID to work. Hmmmmmm.....
  8. czechchris

    czechchris Well-Known Member

    Is the Remoska available easily in CR? Can you buy it in Tesco in Prague? Or is it purely a specialist item?

    As for mains converters: SEE HERE
  9. ALAS voltage adaptors will not bring back molten aluminium!
    Seems to be reasonably available, best to think in terms of where would you buy stuff for your country cottage. not sure about TESCO like it no more in CZ than I do in UK!. Prices are similar to UK. Local electrical shop in Vinohrady had spare parts
  10. Zeisig

    Zeisig Well-Known Member

    The device that converts the AC voltage is called transformer. 20-30 years ago nearly every flat in central Prague had its own big (3-5 kVA) transformer that alters 120 V to 240 V. Central Prague was paradoxically the last place in Czechoslovakia where the voltage was 120 V.
  11. magan

    magan Well-Known Member

    Yes, Remoska is available in Tesco. You will find it on top floor where small kitchen appliances are. It comes with few different size bottoms. Remoska used to be inexpensive and everyone in CR had one. It seems that price went up considerably.

    You can roast fantastic chicken/(pieces) - or other meat), but also bake (cake in shape or remoska of course or buchty, or bake casserole). While electic pans in the West have usually heating unit in the bottom, Remoska is heated from the top, thus not burning the foot (as easily as bottom heating unit). If you have Remoska, you don't need oven.
  12. magan

    magan Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have experience with taking Remoska from CR to Canada?? How did you make it work?
  13. brigitte

    brigitte Well-Known Member

    I am definitely going to buy one, and the cookbook with it. Seems worth getting one, looking at the replies here. only problem I have is when I do buy it, hopefully it won't become another dust collector after a couple of uses, past experiences of buying kitchen electricals seem to follow a distinct pattern with me.... :wink: I gave away a food processor, blender, steamer and goodness knows what else as it never got used once I bought it.

    Hopefully this Remoska will be different!!
  14. magan

    magan Well-Known Member

    Excited comments about Remoska are from people who either live in CR and have limited quality oven or not oven at all and small kitchen with no other gadgets...or Czechs living overseas who have fond memories of moms baking in it.

    I lived in Prague for 2 years in apartment with two-burner (no oven) and I loved my Remoska dearly. I am not sure how much it would get used now with my super-modern oven in my Canadian kitchen full of gadgets. Think it over. :)
  15. brigitte

    brigitte Well-Known Member

    I have a full sized cooker in my place, and it hardly gets used, and am in fact considering getting rid of it and getting a small table top ovens the size of a microwave. My kitchen is pretty small, and like I said in my last post, it can get cluttered with things I don't use. I don't really need a full sized family cooker with four rings when I only am likely to use one. And a full sized oven isn't really necessary anyway. A couple of weeks ago I was pondering the space I would have to play with if i got rid of the cooker - I could put storage units in it's place, would be more practical.

    This Remoska looks pretty good for cooking, as said in others posts, you can roast and bake in one, so it looks a handy all in one that doesn't take up too much space. Funny for me, as in the 80s I had a small 2 ring cooker in my apartment, and was dying for a full sized cooker, now I've got one I want a smaller one again!!
  16. Jan

    Jan Member

    For everybody looking for Remoska in US or Canada go http://www.remoska.ca
    They got also some cookbooks for Remoska.

    BTW, the cookbooks are on the ordering page.
  17. magan

    magan Well-Known Member

    Interesting...and expensive. But then, my Remoska in Prague is obviously grandmother of this one. Mine has 3 sizes of aluminium "pots" and doesn't have timer.

    As with any other small kitchen appliances the are making it sound like it does EVERYTHING. I beg to differ....in my opinion, it would be rather bothersome to make a toast or bake cookies in it. I said bothersome, not impossible....
  18. Jan

    Jan Member

    Hallo Magan,
    I'm not selling that. I saw advertisment in NY "Americke Listy" periodical news paper and then here on the forum people was asking and praising the stuff. Honestly, I do prefer the Convection oven by Decosonic or similar, over to Remoska, E-Bay price from $15 to $50 Dollars plus shipping (Brand new one is $99 in Chef's catalogue). Thats half or one third, if you lucky, or still 33% off, compare to the Remoska. And one of the best roasted chicken under the sun will come from those oven. You can use it as the grill, I bake a rolls in it and it's super great for the fish.
  19. magan

    magan Well-Known Member

    Jan: I know you are just sharing what you know - not selling the merchandise. :lol:

    I have convection oven and love to roast meat on rack (all sides of it at the same time) - it is also great. I only use Remoska when I am in Prague....and even though I am just roasting meat in it, I am more aware of meat sitting in it own fat. I am much more aware of it now when I am older, then I was when I was young and skinny. :lol:

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