Halogen ovens offer convenience, a compact size and a significant reduction in time and energy. They operate by surrounding food with radiant heat regulated by a built-in fan creating an environment that completely penetrates and heats efficiently. Meals can be quickly prepared and ready to eat in a hurry. This method of cooking with infrared heat is safe and works well with a variety of dishes from appetizers to main entrees and desserts.
Hints for Preparing Meals in a Halogen Oven
Halogen ovens provide a clear advantage because of the reduced cooking time required, typically around 50%. For chefs wanting to prepare a favourite recipe that calls for a standard oven, they will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Another option is to lower the temperature and keep the cook time the same. Meals should be monitored during the cooking, particularly when a new recipe is tested, to ensure that the meal is at the desired doneness.
Another benefit of Halogen ovens is the ability to cook frozen foods directly from the freezer. Defrosting is not required but may affect the cook time slightly. Because the process is so efficient, extra oils or fats normally needed for other types of cooking processes are eliminated. The result is a healthier meal.
halogen ovens do not require preheating. Once the food to be cooked is placed in the glass bowl, the chef sets the time and temperature and the cooking process starts immediately. Any fats or liquid waste dissipates to the bottom of the bowl making it easy to clean up. Some ovens are also equipped with a self-cleaning function.
Basic How-To Instructions
The difference between a meal cooked in a conventional oven and a halogen oven varies only with the cooking time, not the preparation. Foods may be prepared in the same manner using marinades, seasonings and similar ingredients as found in any favourite recipe.
One-dish meals are an ideal choice for halogen ovens because the poultry or meat can be combined with potatoes and other vegetables to cook at the same time. Most ovens feature a separate shelf to aid in separating food types, for example, a chicken from the accompanying vegetables. For many dishes both the meat and vegetables may be combined and cooked at the same time. The top rack is typically used for grilling while the lower rack works well for heating casseroles, cooking vegetables and baking.
Although halogen ovens regulate heat and offer an efficient cooking method, some meals do well with by turning the food occasionally. Large cuts of meat, pork, spareribs, steaks and chicken breasts cook faster and more evenly with occasionally turning. Baked desserts do not require any turning. These ovens require metal cooking tins, glass cookware or oven-proof dishes for foods premixed foods. Plastic dishes and storage containers are not suitable cookware and may melt during the cooking process.