Microwave Chip Maker

Published May 1, 2012. From Cook's Illustrated.

Crisp chips in the microwave without any oil? We had to see it to believe it.

Overview:

Potato chips are a guilty pleasure, and deep-frying your own at home just adds an oily mess to the equation. So when we spotted a gadget that promised to turn vegetables and fruit into crisp chips in the microwave—without any oil—we were intrigued. The Mastrad Topchips Chip Maker ($19.99, with slicer) is a perforated 11-inch silicone disk that holds 15 to 20 chips. The included slicer nimbly produced wafer-thin slices of potato, sweet potato, carrot, and apple that we microwaved for approximately three minutes (the cooking time varies depending on the food and your microwave’s wattage), successfully churning out crisp, fat-free chips. While we got similar results by spritzing potato slices with vegetable oil spray and microwaving them on a plate, the advantage of the Topchips product is quantity: You can stack up to three trays (a set of two additional trays is available for $19.99) to make more chips even faster. Plus, the Topchips slicer turns out chips of the perfect thickness; our mandoline-sliced chips were slightly… read more

Potato chips are a guilty pleasure, and deep-frying your own at home just adds an oily mess to the equation. So when we spotted a gadget that promised to turn vegetables and fruit into crisp chips in the ­microwave—without any oil—we were intrigued. The Mastrad Topchips Chip Maker ($19.99, with slicer) is a perforated 11-inch silicone disk that holds 15 to 20 chips. The included slicer nimbly produced wafer-thin slices of potato, sweet potato, carrot, and apple that we microwaved for approximately three minutes (the cooking time varies depending on the food and your microwave’s wattage), successfully churning out crisp, fat-free chips. While we got similar results by spritzing potato slices with vegetable oil spray and microwaving them on a plate, the advantage of the Topchips product is quantity: You can stack up to three trays (a set of two additional trays is available for $19.99) to make more chips even faster. Plus, the Topchips slicer turns out chips of the perfect thickness; our mandoline-sliced chips were slightly thicker, with a bit less crunch.

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    Topchips Chips Maker

    This silicone disk requires no oil to transform slices of vegetables and fruit into crisp, guilt-free chips in about three minutes in your microwave. While we got very similar results spritzing potato slices (made using our favorite Kyocera mandoline) with nonstick cooking spray and microwaving them on a heatproof plate for five minutes, the advantage of the Topchips product is quantity: You can stack up to three trays in the microwave (a set of two additional trays is available for $19.99) to make more chips even faster. Plus, the Topchips slicer turns out chips of the perfect thickness; our chips (made using the thinnest setting on our mandoline) were slightly thicker, with a bit less crunch.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Ease of Cleaning ★★★

    $19.99

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