A modern oven with the latest features and conveniences is something that everyone, not just professional chefs, would desire. Let’s be honest: many of us watch cooking shows for no other reason than to be entertained. Even if you don’t end up making the cornbread and flatiron steak roulade you had intended, it’s okay. The idea is that on special occasions like holidays, poker nights, or Valentine’s Day, you could try your hand at any dish (and take no prisoners) so long as you have everything you needed to do so. If you want to be taken seriously as a cook, nothing says “I want to become a chef who can be reckoned with!” like a sleek range and oven setup.
So, if you’re on the market for a new oven, here are five features to think about. Some are old standbys, while others could be a pleasant surprise. The world of competitive cooking has had a major impact on the variety of gourmet options available to the average home chef. You may think you need a new range after viewing this list, even if you haven’t really decided so yet at the oven store.
Convection and Conventional
Do you remember last year’s Christmas, when you tried to bake both a turkey and a pumpkin pie at the same time? We’ve all wondered whether there could be one optimal oven temperature we could use for everything. Since baking in the slacks like this may easily end in disaster, several of the newest ranges on the market include dual ovens. One oven is large enough to accommodate a turkey or Sunday roast, while the other is more modest in size. Use it to make casseroles, pies, and sweet treats like cupcakes. Since each oven may be adjusted to a different temperature, meal preparation is more streamlined and efficient. If you need to heat something fast but don’t want to spend energy preheating a big oven, use the smaller one instead (or scorching your kitchen on a hot day). If you care about the planet, you should choose with this option.
You have probably heard about convection heating before. Instead of using direct heat, as a conventional oven does, convection ovens utilise a fan to circulate hot air around the oven, which evenly cooks the food. As a consequence, the oven heats up more rapidly and uniformly. With this, you may save not only time and effort, but also money.
Though convection ovens have been around for some time, we thought it was necessary to include them here because they solve a potentially disastrous issue in the baking process. The oven rack dance is one you’ve probably seen before, right? Every time you open your hot oven to put anything inside, only to realise that the racks aren’t in the appropriate place, you have to go through this dance. As a consequence, you have to scramble to find the oven mitt, make an impromptu rack adjustment, and watch the oven temperature drop as you lose most of the heat in the process of rearranging the inside. When using convection cooking, rack placement is less important since the heat is distributed evenly throughout the oven. Yay! As of now, your burned wrists shouldn’t be visible.