Convection Oven Guides for Dummies

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An Illustration of How Convection Toaster Oven Works

An Illustration of How Convection Toaster Oven Works

What is a Convection Oven?

In the simplest term, convection oven is nothing more than a regular toaster oven with a fan fitted in it. Period.

This fan is taking the hot air that is constantly rising and blows it onto the food that is cooking inside of the oven. This causes the food to cook more quickly because it is continually being exposed to air that is of a higher temperature.

Convection vs Regular Oven

Air Circulation

A regular toaster oven will have the air inside of the oven heated. When the air is heated it will rise to the top of the oven and remain there until it cools.

Once the air cools, it will sink to the bottom of the oven where it will be heated again.

In a convection oven, the air is heated and will rise to the top of the oven. After this has been completed, the air will then be blown back down to the bottom of the stove by a fan.

As a user, what does it mean? It means we can be assured of a more uniform temperature throughout every corner of the oven interior.

Cooking Time

Convection ovens tend to be more efficient than regular ovens. As a result, their cooking time is much lower than that of a regular oven. This allows recipes to be completed more quickly.

For example, a roast turkey will take about half as long to cook in a convection oven than it would in a regular oven. For an unstuffed turkey in a regular oven, it will take between 3 hours and 6 and a half hours depending on the size of a turkey. In a convection oven, the time required drops to between 1 and a half hours to 3 hours.

Perfectly uniform cooking with convection oven

Convection Oven Ensures Perfectly Uniform Cooking

Cooking Temperature

The temperature that is needed to cook food using the best convection ovens is usually much lower than the temperature that is required by a regular oven. Breville BOV800XL and Waring Pro TC650 are two of the more popular convection ovens to consider if you’re serious about the quality of your convection oven.

This is because the convection oven utilizes its heat more effectively, requiring less energy to cook the food.

The temperatures that are provided in recipes mean for regular ovens can be reduced by 25 degrees in order to adapt it to utilize a convection oven.

For example, a roast turkey cooked using regular oven like Cuisinart TOB-155 needs to be cooked at a temperature of at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit. A convection oven is able to cook the turkey in half the amount of time with a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lower temperature and shorter cooking time translate to less amount of nutrient loss. In laymen terms, convection oven cooking simply means healthier and better cooked dishes.

How Evenly Cooked the Food Is

Regular ovens cook food very unevenly. Usually, the top of the food is colder than the bottom (bottom is where the heating element is located).

Convection ovens are able to cook food more evenly because the hot air is redirected to the top of the food, which is usually not exposed to a higher level of heat.

There is also a huge problem cooking multiple sheets of food, such as pizza or cookies, at the same time. This is because the racks on the top level will not receive enough heat, while the racks on the bottom will be overcooked.

Given the same amount of capacity, a good convection oven will be able to cook at least three racks of cookies at the same time. No magic trick is needed.

This can be achieved simply because the cookies on the bottom and top will receive the direct heat from the oven and the air being redirected. The middle level of cookie sheets will receive half of the heat from both the top and bottom, resulting in them being cooked in a similar time.

What is Best Oven Type for You?

Clearly, convection toaster oven is the superior breed compared to a regular toaster oven. There is no denying to this fact.

But best is very often capped by the amount of budget that you have. If given the option, everyone would prefer to be a business class passenger than an economic class passenger. Do you agree?

The same is true for toaster oven. If budget permits, the best oven type would be convection. Otherwise, get the best regular toaster oven and live with it!

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