If you love to cook and want to improve the quality even more, a convection oven is your secret ingredient. Cooking and baking is a science and with this technology, you can get better quality in less time. Using convection ovens will make sure that you don't have any more burnt bread, dried out turkey, or distasteful veggies.
Convection cooking uses fans and exhaust systems to move the air inside the oven, creating more consistency in your cooking. This is available with gas and electric ovens.
1. Saves Time- Convection cooking can save you up to 30% of cooking time! These ovens cook food more quickly than conventional ovens, which are also called radiant or thermal ovens. This is because a convection oven uses a fan and an exhaust system to move hot air around food. This actively transfers heat and causes food to cook more quickly than it would in a conventional oven. Just be sure to reduce the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure to peak at it because it will be done in less time.
2. Saves Energy- By requiring less time for your food to cook, it also allows you to save energy. When using convection ovens, you also use lower temperatures so your oven does not have to heat up as high, saving you money on your energy bill. Most convection ovens are Energy Star Rated because of how much energy is saved.
3. More Even Cooking- Regular ovens can have hot spots, depending on where the heating element is, but the fan in a convection oven will circulate the air to help even out the temperature variances. This allows the food to cook more consistent throughout.
4. Better Looks- This technology is better at browning the top of your food. In a conventional oven, the atmosphere in the oven is more humid as the moisture is trapped making it harder to get that pretty look on the exterior of your food. With convection ovens, there's more of a dry atmosphere. This allows the sugars to caramelize making the top layer perfectly golden brown. Don't worry, your interior of your meat and vegetables will still have that moisture inside.
If you are convinced that convection cooking is the way to go, that's great! Make sure that you get one that has the option to turn it off for better bread and cake baking. You do still want your bread to rise and not dry out your interior. I would do a little experimenting and see what works best for you, but having the option to not use the convection technology is good to have.
Don't be intimidated by convection cooking, embrace it and you will find your food tasting so much better. Stop by one of our locations to see what convection cooking really looks like.