Over the last few years, convection ovens have become all the rage! Just what makes a convection oven different from a conventional oven?
Unlike a conventional oven, a convection oven has a fan which allows hot air to circulate throughout the oven, allowing food to cook 25 percent faster. Not only that but it also allows food to cook more evenly while preserving the flavor better. In addition, foods cooked in a convection oven maintain more of their vitamins and nutrients which is a real health bonus. The results are juicier pieces of meat that taste better and are better for you.
When cooking in a convection oven, you aren’t just restricted to cooking meats. You can cook just about anything in this trendy oven and have it come out juicier and more evenly cooked.
One disadvantages of a convection oven over a more conventional oven is the convection oven tends to be more expensive, although many people find the cost savings and the better quality of cuisine produced more than makes up for the price difference.
If you decide you want to give one of these little kitchen marvels a try in your home, you need to know how to choose one that meets your needs.
Convection ovens can be bought in the form of ovens which are built into your wall. These are usually available in widths of from 2 to 3 feet. You can also find them in the form of gas or electric ranges in widths of 30 inches, 48 inches, and 60 inches. Generally the 48 and 60 inch models house two convection ovens. You can also buy a countertop unit which may limit the size or amount of food you can cook at one time. The full-size ovens generally have superior heat circulation and are often self cleaning, giving them an advantage over the countertop units.
When shopping for a convection oven be sure to ask about features such as whether the model is self cleaning, has adjustable racks, the ease of cleaning, what type of alarms are available to let you know a cycle is complete, how much space the model will take up in your kitchen, what type of warranty is available.
Are there any disadvantages to cooking in a convection oven? One drawback is you may not be able to follow the instructions in a recipe to the letter since food cooks more rapidly in a convection oven. It’s best to start with a shorter cooking time and lower temperature. You can experiment to see what the optimal cooking time is for a particular recipe. You also may have a problem with light items that may be blown about by the fan such as meringue cookies or angel food cake. In general though, most food items will give superior results when cooked in a convection oven.
Now that you know the advantages of owning a convection oven, you can decide whether one of these popular ovens will work in your own home.