Convection ovens are becoming more and more of a regular appliance in today’s kitchens. However, many people still see it as a regular oven, and attempt to cook foods the same way.
The difference between a convection oven and a regular oven is a fan. Most have a fan in the back, and it creates an airflow through the oven to ensure more even cooking. Pizzerias and other restaurants make great use of a convection oven for breads and types of desserts.
Another advantage of a convection oven is with the even air flow, foods cook in shorter periods of time. You can still cook all of the same foods you would cook in a regular oven, you just have to make sure you adjust the times so you do not over-cook your food. Here is a nice converter where you plug in the time and what it is you are baking, and it tells you how long it will take in your convection oven.
Care and cleaning of your convection oven mostly parallel how you would care and clean your regular oven. Change light bulbs as necessary, and many come with a self-cleaning option. One suggestion would be to put a filter in front of the fan, since it is air-flow grease and other elements in the oven could clog the fan over time. For more tips on keeping your oven maintained properly, click here.
Enjoy your convection oven! Here is a recipe to try: Roasted Fish With Kabocha Coulis
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