7 Good Things About Baking in a Fast Convection Oven

You might want to get a convection oven. Or maybe you already have one, but you don't know how it works. Don't feel bad! You're not alone at all. 

Many people have heard the word "convection," but they don't really know what makes it different from regular cooking. But if they did, they would be surprised at how easy they are to use. 

And many cooks have learned a lot about how to use them. Read on to find out why you should use one.

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So, what are convection ovens exactly?

Both convection ovens and regular ovens are pretty much the same. A regular oven has only one heat source, which is usually at the bottom. So does an oven with convection. 

But a convection oven also has a fan and an exhaust system that a regular oven does not. 

These two extra elements help to blow hot air over and around the food and then back out of the oven. What are the good things about cooking this way?

1. Less time spent cooking

If you are a certain age, you can remember a time before microwave ovens. When planning meals, you had to take cooking time into account. 

But you probably also remember that when microwaves came out, some foods didn't cook as well in them. A convection oven is right in the middle of a microwave oven and a regular oven.

 Because there is a fan, food can be cooked at lower temperatures and in less time than in a traditional oven. And it will be cooked the same way it would be in a regular oven. 

Of course, it's not as fast as a microwave. But it's easy to cut a third of the cooking time.

2. Wonderful for roasting meat

Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? 

Even though convection isn't the best way to cook everything, it's a great way to roast meats. 

When you put the meat on the roasting rack in the right way, convection will sear the food right away.

 The blower keeps cooking the meat without drying it out because it keeps all the important juices inside. And you don't have to baste it either.

 But you can baste with a marinade if you want to. 

You just have to wait until the last hour of cooking to use it. 

This will let the marinade caramelize without getting too hot and burning.

3. Able to cook more than one dish

Did you know that the temperature inside a regular oven drops when you put more than one dish in at once? 

This makes it hard to figure out how long to cook each dish when you're making a lot of them at once. Then, one dish will cook more quickly than the others. 

This can be a real pain if you are making a big meal.

 With a convection oven, you can put in more than one dish at once and the temperature won't drop. 

You can even stack dishes, and the oven will still "see" them as just one dish.

 This would work well in a business setting.

 Also, you don't have to worry about putting your dishes on a rack that is too close to the top or bottom of the oven. 

With a convection oven, you don't have to worry about food getting burned. Everything will be cooked at the right temperature and at the same time.

4. The recipes only need small changes

The instructions for that recipe you can't wait to try are written for a regular oven. 

So you'll have to change some things. But changing recipes for convection ovens is really just a matter of common sense. Even commercial pizza places use them! Most experts say that you should use the original recipe's temperature and cooking time as a guide. 

Then, after two-thirds to three-quarters of the recommended baking time has passed, check to see if the food is done. 

Also, you should turn down the heat by 25°F and open the oven door as little as possible. Also, keep in mind that, as we said above, convection ovens aren't perfect for everything. 

They are great for roasting meat, but not for baking bread or cakes where the dough or batter needs to rise. But for the most part, you'll figure out how to switch from conventional to convection cooking with just a little bit of practice.

5. Automatic features and sensors

Newer convection ovens often have presets and "sensor cooking" features. 

These things can be very helpful. One thing to keep in mind, though: some sensors work better than others. And there is still a long way to go before sensor cooking is perfected as a whole. 

It's best to keep an eye on what you're cooking at all times. 

Especially if it's a dish you don't have much experience with. If you're not sure, the safest thing to do is use a good old-fashioned thermometer probe. 

Even though sensor cooking will probably keep getting better, it's better to be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to roasting meat.

6. More even cooking of food

In case you haven't figured it out yet, convection ovens work because of the fan. 

There are no hot and not-so-hot spots in a convection oven. 

That's because the fan keeps moving hot air around. And this makes the oven's temperature stay the same all over. No more serving that browned and bubbling cheese casserole only to find that the middle is still cold.

7. Useful in a lot of ways

Since convection ovens need a lower temperature and less time to cook than regular ovens, they naturally use less energy. 

And since you can put more than one pan in a convection oven at once, you'll save even more time by not having to cook in separate batches. Lastly, they help save space. 

A convection oven can often be used together with a regular oven or even a microwave oven. So you don't have to buy an extra appliance.

Boost the heat

Do you think that convection ovens could be the best thing for your business? 

Then you might want to start looking into this faster and more effective way to cook. Check out our selection of convection ovens. 

There is something here for everyone.

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