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Convection Ovens? Should I get one [Moved from Home Cooking board]

nbermas Jul 11, 2007 05:10 PM

what are your thoughts on them and what do you use them for? What is a good brand?

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  1. chef chicklet RE: nbermas Jul 11, 2007 06:06 PM

    Yes IMHO it is an very useful additional tool. I love mine and use it so often. And now my husband is using it too!) the plan was to buy it to help me with extra baking duties, such as the holidays, and also to assist me with making things like char sui, or chickens on the rotisserie etc.Some things might need a bit more time than usual and cooled on low. It is the perfect solution for me.

    I have a wonderful set up very nicely done in my garage. And there on the third car side I have nice cabinets and counter for my convection oven, deep fryer (that's right it's out there so we don't get smelly fried food lingering on in the house) and also the ice cream maker, its noisey so it is used out there. When I am in my "mad scientist" role, it just works out so well, and I don't disturb anyone inside the house.

    I do recommend it. They are fast, and versatile. Baked goods come out great and I don't heat the house up. I happened to get a commercial grade one, with a rotisserie, a rack for fish, and tray for making "dried" products such as jerky. So do your research for the best product to suit your needs.
    I can use it as conventional, broil, bake, rotisserie, and convection.
    Make sure you look at things like the additional features, you might not care to have them. I wish you Good Luck!

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    1. re: chef chicklet
      alkapal RE: chef chicklet Oct 3, 2007 06:00 AM

      chef, aren't you concerned about the fryer there? or is it the smaller, kitchen version?

    2. weinstein5 RE: nbermas Jul 11, 2007 06:26 PM

      On our kitchen remodel we got two convection ovens - I love them - baking cookies has never been easier 3 racks atonce without having to rotate - roasting nice evenly roasted all the way around - and if decide not use the convection I can turn it off - we have the kitchenaid ovens and it has a built in calculator to convert standard recipes to convection recipes -

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      1. re: weinstein5
        renov8r RE: weinstein5 Jul 12, 2007 08:11 AM

        I am glad you like your KA convection but that "auto calculate" feature is maddening. It can be overidden but the "butinskiness" (that is a technical term) of the thing CHANGING the temperature you enter makes me crazy.

        I am kind of "old school" when it comes to convection ovens. I like the ones that have a separate element to heat the circulating air and not the passive fans than simple stir up the heat. That does and complexity and cost to the oven, but in my experience that also gives far performance. A few of the "passive" convection ovens have heat distribution that is WORSE than a conventional oven, as they actually create "cool spots" where air/heat is directed away from the food.

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        k_d RE: nbermas Jul 11, 2007 07:57 PM

        I have one built-in convection oven in my double oven setup as well as a countertop model ("toaster oven" sized). I love them both. Plus, because my GE wall oven has the fan, I get a bonus: the "proof" cycle where I can park my bread doughs for raising. That cycle turns on the fan and the halogen light ... just enough warmth for raising doughs. I absolutely recommend convection. You don't use it all the time, but when you need it, it's invaluable!

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          ChiliDude RE: nbermas Jul 12, 2007 04:07 AM

          We had our kitchen remodelled in 2004. We now have 2 ovens, one of which is a convection oven. My wife likes it, but I never use it. I bake only bread and use a rectangular pizza stone for that purpose. The nice thing about a convection oven is that there's the option to use convection mechanism or not.

          1. xnyorkr RE: nbermas Jul 12, 2007 08:48 AM

            I bought a combo micro/convection oven at Penney's (half the price of other similar ones). I use it **all** the time, for everything but those things that are too big for it and must go in my regular over, or for broiling (which I didn't think the convection did that well). I used to have an appliance that was convection over only, and I loved that too. It's fun to watch the cake rise in the oven!

            1. macca RE: nbermas Jul 12, 2007 08:58 AM

              My toaster oven went about 18 months ago. Had a gift certificate to Kohls, and bought a Hamilton Beach counter top convection oven. Love it. Use it all of the time- It is not a top of the line oven, by any means- but we have been using it for 18 months now with no problems. It has two racks, and came with a rotisserie that will cook a small chicken. FAster than an oven, does not heat up the kitchen, easy to keep clean. WE use it for baking, reheating, roasting, broiling. LAst night was humid, and my neice is coming over for dinner tonight. She requested brownies for dessert, and it was no problem to bake them in the convection.Can't go wrong. Other posters may have more info as to best brands- I just picked mine up on a whim, and have never regretted it.

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                Cheesy Oysters RE: nbermas Jul 12, 2007 02:48 PM

                We have two. One as part of a dual heat GE Profile. I didn't use it at first but now I use it all the time for baking and roasting. We also have a microwave convection combo that I use when I need a second oven. When we remodeled, we got rid of a double oven and I've been very happy.

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                  Diane in Bexley RE: nbermas Oct 3, 2007 06:19 AM

                  YES! I love my convection oven(s). When we remodeled our kitchen, we got a drop in 5 burner stove that has a convection oven. You can set it to convection bake (uses bottom coil) or convection roast (uses top coil). It also has a regular oven setting, but honestly, can't remember when I use that. The only disappointment with my stove is the broiler, because it doesn't get hot enough for my taste, but we use our BBQ and stovetop grill pans to overcome that.

                  Last winter when we replaced our toaster oven, we bought a large toaster oven that is also convection bake. It accommodates a 13X9 pan and comes in very handy when you don't want to heat up the whole kitchen in summer or need to bake an extra holiday side dish.

                  We also have an Advantium hanging over the stove, which I love for fast & easy chicken dishes, roasted veggies, etc.

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                  1. re: Diane in Bexley
                    alkapal RE: Diane in Bexley Oct 3, 2007 06:23 AM

                    brand of toaster/convection oven, please?

                    1. re: alkapal
                      Diane in Bexley RE: alkapal Oct 3, 2007 07:43 AM

                      Oster. We paid about $60 for it at Costco. The bake feature works well. The only complaint I have is it takes a REALLY long time to make toast as it is a big oven and it has to heat up, other than, we like it lots. It has a broil setting but I have never used it.

                      1. re: Diane in Bexley
                        alkapal RE: Diane in Bexley Oct 3, 2007 07:55 AM

                        thanks -- i miss my old farberware

                      2. re: alkapal
                        mimilulu RE: alkapal Oct 3, 2007 11:25 AM

                        Cuisinart makes a high-end toaster oven with convection - it's lined with "brick" and comes w/ a pizza stone. Not cheap, though (about $250 on Amazon).

                        1. re: mimilulu
                          alkapal RE: mimilulu Oct 3, 2007 02:07 PM

                          do you have one? pretty pricey....

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                            mimilulu RE: alkapal Oct 3, 2007 03:38 PM

                            Yep. It's pretty wonderful. Makes fantastic roast chicken, pizzas, even toast <g>

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                              Eujeanie RE: mimilulu Oct 3, 2007 04:21 PM

                              Is it self-cleaning? Roast chicken can make quite a mess.

                              1. re: Eujeanie
                                mimilulu RE: Eujeanie Oct 4, 2007 09:18 AM

                                Unfortunately not. But the surfaces not covered in the bricks are nonstick, so cleanup is pretty easy.

                          2. re: mimilulu
                            pitu RE: mimilulu Oct 4, 2007 09:58 AM

                            I've been eyeing that . . . what size cookie sheet can you fit in it?
                            How about a very small turkey...like 9lbs?

                            1. re: pitu
                              mimilulu RE: pitu Oct 4, 2007 11:20 AM

                              Interior dimensions are about 12"x12", maybe a tad larger. Probably too small for any size turkey. A 3-4 lb chicken is about maximum size. Hope that helps!

                              1. re: mimilulu
                                pitu RE: mimilulu Oct 4, 2007 11:50 AM

                                yes, thank you very much!

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