Halogen oven tips

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Halogen oven tips
Learn about halogen oven cooking (oven image by Evgeny Rodionov from Fotolia.com)

Halogen ovens use the latest advancements in cooking and heating technology to produce tasty meals in less time while using less energy than conventional ovens. A halogen oven is made up of a glass bowl and lid that contains halogen bulbs and a high powered fan. Halogen heating components produce heat, the fan circulates hot air to cook food evenly and quickly.

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Alter Cooking Temperatures

Despite halogen ovens employing the latest technology, you do not need to adjust your old recipes to cook in them. You must simply alter the temperature and time used to cook the food. Halogen ovens come with a list of instructions for cooking, but you may want to buy a halogen oven recipe book for complete tips and guidelines. Such books are cheap yet comprehensive and can help you adjust cooking times properly.

Skip the Butter

You may be tempted to still smother your food in fat and butter, but halogen cooking does not require such substances since it ensures moist and juicy food. This lets you use less fat when cooking, leading to healthier meals.

Operating the Oven

As a rough approach to halogen oven cooking, simply reduce your usual temperature by 10 per cent and always check your food halfway through the traditional time for conventional ovens. Another technique is to cook food at the temperature used for a conventional oven but reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes. It really involves trial and error but with some practice and experience, you will soon realise the convenience of the more efficient cooking methods. Keep a notebook record cooking time and temperature and always use safe cookware such as Pyrex or metal.

Cleaning

It is important to keep a halogen oven clean. Fortunately, it is actually easy to clean one. The glass bowl can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. However, avoid submerging its lid in water since the heating elements are there.

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