Cook good food in minutes: Mastrad Gourmet Minute-Cooker

Mastrad Minute Cooker
Mastrad Minute Cooker

LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2014 – Cooking for one or two?  Cooking for one presents challenges because most don’t want to make a mess, recipes in general are written for four and spending a lot of time after a hard day of work isn’t desirable. The Mastrad Gourmet Minute-Cooker helps to cook quick in a felxible minute.  The Minute Cooker is a “Silicone and porcelain crate that cooks a combination of steamed veggies and meats within minutes.”

It claims to take cooking for one, cooking in a hurry and cooking quick side dishes to another level warranting testing by the Hail Mary kitchens.

The Quick Cook Test

We tested zucchinis and cinnamon apples.

The Zucchinis Test:

Step 1: We placed 6.5 tablespoons of water into the silicone bottom,

Step 2: We placed the porcelain dish into the silicone base.

Step 3: We diced the amount of zucchinis indicated (3.52 oz a little over a ¼ cup) and placed them into the porcelain dish.

Step 4: We then placed and sealed the lid on top of the base.

Step 5: We guessed the amount of time (2 minutes rather than 3 minutes) because our microwave was 1000 watts and the instructions only gave times for 850 watts.

The Zucchinis were not quite cooked so we put them back in for 30 more seconds. The zucchinis with soft but firm, moist with out being overly wet.

The Apples with Cinnamon and honey Test:

Step1: We Peeled the apple.

Step 2: We sliced the apple into thin strips.

Step 3: We added water to the silicone base.

Step 4: We added the apples to the porcelain dish.

Step 5: We placed the lid over the base.

Step 6: We guessed the amount of time for the cinnamon apples 1 minute 30 seconds rather than the 2 minutes that was given.

Step 7: We squeezed lemon, cinnamon and honey and placed it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 8: we let them sit for two minutes.

The apples were soft but had a crunch. They were flavorful but there was a lot of shrinkage with this cooking process.


First, Gourmet Minute-Cooker is easy to use and simple to store.

Second, The porcelain dish is fantastic because you can serve directly out of it.

Third, it’s easy to clean.

Fourth, despite that the directions aren’t perfect it’s still pretty easy to get delicious and perfectly cooked food.


First, The silicone lid and base doesn’t feel secure.

Second, the directions aren’t perfect which means you will have to experiment a little with the product to get to the desirable outcome.

Overall Rating: 3/4 cup out of 1 cup. The Gourmet Minute-Cooker is a good buy for those who are cooking for one, moms and empty nesters.

Purchasing Info: The Gourmet Minute- Cooker can be purchased at Shop Mastrad for $29.99.


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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.