There is a subtle difference between a conventional oven and a convection oven. A convection oven has a fan that continuously circulates air through the oven cavity. When the hot air is blowing onto food, as opposed to merely surrounding it as with a conventional oven, the food tends to cook more evenly.
You can cook just about anything in a convection oven, and the results are something we all strive for-evenly cooked cookies, crisp pastries, and juicy, well-browned meats. Becoming acquainted with a convection oven is simple. Nearly every one includes some kind of a conversion table. It takes the standard cook time and temperature for a conventional oven and converts it to the proper convection oven cook time and temperature.
Because the heat from a convection oven comes from the top, bottom, and sides, and is circulated by a fan, you can place your favorite baked dish on any rack position without fear of cooking inconsistencies. Another benefit to cooking with convection is that flavors don't transfer between different dishes being baked at the same time. This saves time in the kitchen, by cooking your entire meal at once instead of waiting for your main dish to finish cooking before moving on to the side dishes.
Here are a few guidelines to follow when using these fixtures:
There are three settings to use when cooking with convection:
What is a European convection oven?
If you're considering a convection oven purchase, this is the kind you're going to want. Also called "true convection" and "third-element convection," they use all three elements: heat from the top, heat from the bottom, and heat from a source located near or around the fan at the back of the oven (conventional ovens, or radiant ovens, use just the first two heating elements).
While convection ovens generally cook more evenly, units which lack the third heating element typically cook less evenly than their third-element counterparts. In these ovens, a panel covers the third heating element so that it's ineffective. For that reason, European convection ovens have made a recent push in popularity.
With the possibilities of cooking food faster and combined with the browning capabilities and even cooking, it is hard to not see the benefits of convection ovens.
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