Convection ovens are a boon to cook and bake along with reheat or defrost and multi-stage cooking. The convection oven also facilitates healthy baking for many recipes which would otherwise require more oil to shallow fry/deep fry. The inclusion of a fan at the back spreads heat inside the oven and helps in an even cooking.
Here are 5 most important things to know while using a convection oven.
1- Keep Your Oven Aerated
Make sure that your convection oven is well-aerated. The oven works optimally when there is at least a 10cm gap from all its sides such that the air is circulated well. This safeguards oven from being overheated and food to be cooked as expected. You can also use Wall mounted oven trays to save space and it will ease the clutter on the countertop.
2- Keep Operating Instructions Handy
Keep the tips of operating your convection oven on defrost option, reheating and quick baking of common recipes and beverages can be written in a Sticky notepad and either stuck to the nearby tiles, fridge or cabinet wall. This way, your convection oven can perform for other members of the family as well, or any guests who want to perform simple chores without assistance.
3- Know Your Ovens Temperature & Rack Settings
Be aware that the temperature in the convection oven is a couple of degrees more in the top portion. This is since the heated air circulates upwards and cyclically. You can utilize this information in baking. If you want deeper baking or browning of the recipes to be cooked, place it on the top rack or alternatively, you can place the baking pan or skewers on a grilling stand. Vice versa, you can keep the baking dish or wire rack at the bottom if you want slow cooking and a crunchy bottom like a pizza. Also, take care not to check on recipe unnecessarily in between cooking, since the temperature is hampered and cooking time is prolonged.
4- Know Ways To Keep Your Oven Clean
Select an oven that has an inbuilt self-cleaning/ steam cleaning function. Auto clean is done usually in the highest of its temperatures. This not only helps you have a clean oven, but also the oven with auto clean feature are built to be more secure in terms of locks and leak-proof safe closures. You can also clean with smearing baking soda on the walls and sprinkling water and letting it stand for a minute or two before you wipe with regular wipes for a sparkling oven again. This will keep you away from any cleaning chemicals and thereby, chemicals in food.
5- User Right Containers For Better Baking
Conductivity is a key factor in oven-based cooking. Use metal for faster cooking, glass for a moderate speed of cooking and wooden utensils for slow cooking. Always keep in mind that there is carry over cooking when recipes are done in microwave or convection oven. Carry over cooking is the additional cooking that goes on inside the recipe once the oven’s power is switched off. So, remember to switch off power slightly before you get the desired texture, smoothness, and color of the oven-cooked recipe.
Below are the some of our favorite baking recipes that you can try using your convection oven.