A conventional oven, on the other hand, has its heating elements at the top and bottom. Often times, dish placed closer to the heating element cooks faster then the rest.
There are lots of foods you can cook with convection ovens – you can even fry food without oil! Plus, these ovens are usually equipped with other features so you can bake, slow cook, and grill.
The convection setting is also suitable for frying foods, baking pastries or pies, roasting meat or vegetables, and toasting or dehydrating foods. However, it isn’t recommended to use for making cakes, custards or flans, souffles, and bread.
Without the convection fan, both heaters’ warmth is only concentrated either at the top or on the bottom. This makes cooking time with regular oven setting slower because the temperature of the air inside will be uneven.
However, this is suited for baked goods that start out as a batter, such as cakes or bread. The uneven air and slower cooking time give them time to settle and rise before they’re cooked, making them soft and moist.
Usually, convection ovens have settings which allow you to adjust where the heat is coming from. In this case, the grill setting will activate only the top heater. Using this concentrates the heat directly on the top of the food, which cooks the exposed side quickly and thoroughly.
When using the top heater for grilling, you will want to turn the meat, fish, or vegetables over every now and then to heat both sides equally. You can also use the grill setting to melt the cheese toppings on things like baked macaroni or baked tahong.
This function can be used for steaming or boiling food. This is the convection oven function that should be used when making soft desserts like leche flan or baking cheesy pizza with a crispy, chewy crust.
Another thing you have to keep in mind while choosing a convection oven is its size and storage capacity. These could determine what you will be able to cook in your convection oven, as well as where you can place it in your kitchen.
Some ovens are big, and usually, the bigger the oven is, the more functions it has and the higher capacity it allows. There are smaller convection ovens that are around the size of an oven toaster. This size takes up a much smaller space in your kitchen. Of course, small-sized oven won't allow you to cook larger quantities and large-sized food like a whole chicken.
That’s why when choosing a convection oven, consider how much space you have at home, how much you have to make, and what kind of meals you’ll be preparing.
The capacity of the convection oven also determines how much food you can cook inside it. The capacity is measured in liters. Small convection ovens are around 5 liters, regular-sized ones are around 8 liters, and large ones range from 15 liters above. If you’re planning roast a chicken, we recommend getting an over with at least 14 liters of capacity.
Smaller ovens don’t have as much space inside them. You might only be able to grill a few pieces of fish or only bake a small batch of cookies. Although small, these are ideal for households that don’t have much space for an oven.
If your convection oven is big enough, you can even cook using two racks at the same time. For example, you can bake meat and vegetable dishes on the top rack and pie in the lower rack. This is perfect if you frequently hold parties or have a large family to feed.
If you don’t exactly like having to clean complicated machines then you need to look for a convection oven that’s easy to clean and maintain. For example, a detachable door or interior parts would definitely be easier to clean. Those that come with non-stick trays are also a good option as gunk or grime can be easily washed off.
There also some ovens that come with removable trays at the bottom so you can easily just slide that out and clean the crumbs and other bits and pieces of food!
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