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Convection ovens

Convection cooking is cooking by circulating hot air around food. Convection ovens cook and brown food more quickly, and at a lower temperature, than conventional ovens. To save meal preparation time, a convection oven is the answer! Plus, convection ovens can save energy.

The convection oven bible
Linda Stephen.
Toronto : R. Rose, 2007.
Convection ovens have become increasingly popular because of their improved cooking speed and consistent results. However, because different cooking temperatures and cooking times are used in convection cooking, it's not surprising that people feel they need help. That's where this specially created cookbook for convection ovens comes in. You'll be comfortable in no time and you will never roast a chicken the same way again. Easily learn how to adapt your favorite standard oven recipes to your convection oven, Make the most of your oven by cooking several items at the same time, Prepare complete meals in the oven (with step-by-step work schedules), Features an entire chapter devoted to convection toaster oven recipes. Book jacket.
     
Cakes from scratch in half the time : recipes that will change the way you bake cakes forever
by Linda West Eckhardt ; photographs by James Baigrie.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2005.
Cake lovers are invited to "think outside the box" with the cookbook of made-from-scratch recipes. 32 color photos.
     

It was not until the 1960's that consumers started seeing convection ovens for sale. Many wondered, "What are these?" and "How do they work?" Today convection ovens can be gas or electric.  They can be full-size, half-size, or part of a conventional bake oven unit.

Convection Oven Settings

Bake- the heat comes from a unit that circles the fan in the back of the oven.

Roast- the heat from the top and bottom of the oven.

Broil- some ovens do not include this feature, but convection broiling is interchangeable with convection roast.

Tips for cooking with a Convection Oven

It is great to know that almost any appetizer that can be cooked on a barbeque grill can be placed in a convection oven for roasting. One can do "slow roasting," for larger cuts of meat, or "hot roasting" for smaller cuts of meat such as chops and steaks.  If wanting to save time, place vegetables inside the convection oven at the same time. Adjust the cooking time for your meat.

To understand convection cooking read the manufacturer's manual. There are three settings that can be found when selecting your convection oven. Other buying recommendations are to check to oven's doors carefully and consider the size needed for your cooking needs.

Cooking with a convection oven will be an adventure for most cooks. But you will not be disappointed with its added flexibility to warm, cook, bake, and roast foods.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff