For someone who is passionate about cooking and spends a majority of their time in kitchen, an oven that transforms the kitchen scene completely is what they dream of. With advance technology making things, faster, easier and smoother today, all one needs is an appliance which is the answer to all questions. Baking, grilling, browning, heating, defrosting, toasting or cooking is done in no time with a convection or a microwave oven. But which one to choose?
All depends upon what your requirement really is. But one of the most misunderstood and hence least popular is the convection oven. It’s like a kitchen transformer, a bumblebee that will not only make your life easier but will make you look super cool! Let’s find out how.
Food factory 101: A convection oven is no less than a food factory. It can defrost a frozen food, while cooking at the same time, nuke the milk for your café latte, cook items to crispy goodness or simply set up a crust on your entrée without frying. You can mount it in the wall of your modular kitchen and amplify its aesthetics too.
A larger cooking area: Microwave offers a constricted space that results in an extended cooking time. Convection oven with dedicated compartments helps you to boil, roast or cook at the same time. Bigger vents allow for better exhaustion, foils on the upper and the lower side makes sure that the food is cooked and heated inside out.
Uncompromised flavor and texture: People often complain that a dish cooked or heated in a microwave oven tastes odd or unnatural. Unlike microwave, a convection oven sends warm air around the food item at a right temperature while cooking more quickly. This way a cookie, bread or a cake is baked to perfection. You can also get the temperature raised or dropped, making your recipes taste just the way you want.
Can be used as a microwave: That’s why it beats the microwave oven anytime. It comes with an included convection microwave feature with a salamander. Baking a batch of biscuits, making a king-sized pizza, cooking Italian combos, all of this is now a possibility.
Greater lifespan: Due to its sturdy construction it has a better chance to last than a microwave. You have multiple brands to choose from that comes with a reasonable price and a greater warranty. However, longevity of electronics is directly proportional to the intelligence of an owner. So be mindful.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.