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Press Release
No. 009/2012

Smarter, Better Cooking with the Miele Steam Oven
Miele celebrates a decade of steam cooking

Princeton, NJ –March 20, 2012 – Steam cooking has long respected for its nutritional benefits, speed and versatility.  More than a decade ago, Miele became the first appliance manufacturer to design and manufacture a built-in steam oven for residential use, offering consumers a smarter way to prepare, cook or reheat food. Today, as steam cooking continues to increase in popularity, Miele Steam Ovens are becoming an integral tool for America’s kitchens. The Miele Steam Oven, paired with the Miele MasterChef™ Oven, is rapidly creating a new paradigm for the “double oven.”

Unlike conventional ovens, which use hot air to cook, the Miele Steam Oven uses ”fresh steam” to cook, displacing the oxygen responsible for chemical reactions which dissipates nutrients in food.  In the Miele Steam Oven, steam is generated in water outside the oven.  Steaming with an external steam generator not only provides gentle cooking, but will not dehydrate the outer layers of food.  Steam ovens which generate steam inside the oven can cause overheating within the oven atmosphere.  Additionally a dry, aggressive heat often emerges during the preheating phase.  The Miele Steam Oven features a powerful steam generator which delivers a superior balance of heat and moisture.  This combination delivers evenness and consistent results on all shelf levels. 

The Miele exact temperature control system measures and controls the temperature in the oven assuring the right combination of time and temperature, regardless of the amount of food being prepared.  For instance the required steam setting for peas is 212°F for five minutes – whether fresh, frozen or a mix of both, in 2 or 10 ounces. This electronically controlled steaming process virtually eliminates the possibility of overcooking.

The Miele Steam Oven is ideal for cooking more than just vegetables. “Steaming is a fabulous way to retain vital nutrients,” explained Christine Avanti, nutritionist and author. “The benefit of steaming is the ability to gently cook food at a low heat thus retaining nutrients and palatability, whether cooking meats, poultry, fish – even desserts.” Featuring four shelves that fit a variety of stainless steel trays, the Miele Steam Oven allows users to easily prepare an entire meal – from appetizers to desserts in one oven. Flavor transfer is eliminated as pressurized convection steam creates a protective layer around the food, ensuring your salmon tastes like salmon and desserts stay sweet and delicious, all while cooking simultaneously.

The Miele unique MasterChef™ technology, guides cooks through the entire process. Vegetables, fish, poultry, meat, eggs, grains and fruits are all part of the Miele MasterChef™ automatic programs including the easy-to-use touch screen interface and ingredient-driven menu, eliminating guesswork, elevating confidence and empowering cooks to deliver perfect results. The Miele “favorites” function even allows cooks to save up to 30 custom recipes. For restricted diets, steam ovens are a must. Not only do foods retain nearly all of their nutrients, but steam cooking eliminates the need to use extra fats like butter or oil in preparation.

Regardless of whether cooking for one, reheating leftovers or preparing a five course meal, the Miele Steam Oven offers consumers flexibility and confidence. Whether built-in or as part of a stacked configuration, the Miele Steam Oven is an ideal addition to maximize the kitchen of today.

About Miele

Founded in Germany in 1899 with a single promise of Immer Besser a phrase meaning Forever Better, Miele has dynamically grown to become the world's largest family-owned and operated appliance company with more than 16,600 employees, 12 production facilities, representation in nearly 100 countries. As a premium appliance brand represented on all continents, Miele is steadfastly committed to the highest quality, performance and environmental standards. Miele's range of exceptional consumer appliances includes: vacuum cleaners; laundry systems; rotary irons; dishwashers; built-in convection, speed and steam ovens; cooktops; ventilation hoods; refrigeration; wine storage and espresso/coffee systems. Additionally, Miele Professional (the commercial product division) offers dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers and rotary irons for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors for medical, dental and laboratory applications. To enhance your experience and learn more about Miele, visit www.mieleusa.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mieleus, watch us on www.youtube.com/mieleus and follow us on Twitter @MieleUSA.

Miele, Inc.

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The controlled steam output of the Miele Steam Oven creates the perfect cooking temperature so food is evenly heated and never loses flavor. The result - excellent food quality with flawless taste. Photo: Miele

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The interior of a Miele Steam Oven is made of high-quality stainless steel, making it extremely durable and easy to clean.Photo: Miele

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