Have you ever baked a tray of muffins and noticed that one half of the tray was slightly underdone compared to the other side? Have you ever attempted to bake multiple sheets of cookies and been frustrated with one pan’s results when compared to the other? What about the Thanksgiving turkey that turned out so dry you swore you’d order takeout for the next holiday gathering? If you’ve experienced any of the above situations, it may be time for you to enjoy the benefits of a convection oven.
What Is A Convection Oven?
A convection oven has a fan implanted in the rear of the oven cavity. When in operation, the fan circulates the air so that from side to side, front to back, and top to bottom, the oven is one even and consistent temperature. By eliminating natural hot and cool spots, the convection oven yields much more even and consistent baking results. When preparing meats, the convection fan has a tendency to sear skin, trapping juices inside. Not only does this speed the baking process, but it also traps the juices inside for moister, more flavorful meats.
Many people think they need to sign up for cooking classes at their community college to figure out their convection oven. Cooking with convection is incredibly simple. Follow the “25 rule” which states that you reduce your recipe’s cooking time 25 percent and temperature 25 degrees. For those who can’t or don’t want to convert, many of today’s ovens offer built-in convection conversion modes. You can also bypass your oven’s convection function and bake traditionally if necessary.
Another misconception about convection ovens is that they are only available in electric. Today, more and more gas ranges are offered with the convection fan. Several ranges, such as the Bosch HGS7052 or the Frigidaire PLGFZ397GC wrap a 110-volt heating element around their convection fan, so as to force heat from the back for better multi-rack baking. This feature is sometimes known as “true convection” or “European convection.”
While many years ago adding convection to your home was very expensive, today it is more affordable than ever. The Frigidaire gas range GLGF376D (or its electric equivalent GLEF384H) offers speed bake convection for as little as $799!
If your oven is delivering more furrowed brows and frustration than delicious baked goods, stop into Warners’ Stellian today and treat yourself to one of our many convection ovens!