Archive for February 2016

Find Your Dream Oven

An oven is an oven is an oven… but you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to know that all ovens are not created equal. Here’s a guide for finding the type of oven that fits your lifestyle and will never let you down

oven3Dual Ovens; Pick a side

You may have seen your neighbors get a dual oven set up and wondered why you weren’t good enough to cook two things at once. It turns out it’s not actually a matter of personal value but of habit whether or not a dual oven is right for you. Have you ever wanted to cook turkey and pumpkin pie at the same time? You can’t do that in a single oven, you need two in order to pull it off. That’s why you should get a dual oven if you tend to make large multi-course meals all at once. If you don’t do that, then it would just be a waste of your money to buy another oven than the one you already probably don’t use that often.

2. What about Convection?

What’s the difference between convection and normal ovens again? Instead of using a radiant heat source like in a conventional oven, convection ovens use a fan to circulate the hot air in the oven for faster and more even heat distribution inside. That means you don’t have to worry about the top of the oven heating and cooking faster than the bottom, for example.

3. Have you considered Sabbath?

It’s not a weird religious ritual that will force you to give up eating live meat, it’s just a “hold” feature that some ovens come with that allows for you to keep your food warm for an extended period of time without accidentally cooking it or drying it out. That means if you need to hold dinner while you wait for someone to show up to your dinner party (Just one person, please god!), you have all the time in the world to wait 🙂

4. Doors.

A lot of cooks see it as a huge plus to be able to watch their food cook from outside the oven; that way they don’t have to open the oven doors and let out the heat just to check to see that something in the oven isn’t burning. You can also save money on wasted energy (since whenever you open the doors and let out the heat the oven then needs to reheat again, causing you to pay for extra electricity) by getting glass doors you can just peer through.

If you already own a glass door oven, consider getting the door replaced; they’ve changed the way to manufacture glass doors so that they’re easier to look through.

5. Timer features.

Wish you couoven2ld program in a delayed start that would keep your food from cooking until you’re sure you’ll be just a few minutes until you get back from the store? Or maybe you’d like to set your oven to shut off automatically when the timer goes off, making sure your fish sticks don’t incinerate if you happen to spend a little extra time on the email to your 9 year old. These are all things to keep in mind when shopping for a new oven!