November 16, 2016
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How does a convection oven work?

A convection oven is your kitchen friend when all other ovens aren’t up for the task of thorough, even cooking.

Technically, all ovens (except microwave ovens) are convection ovens because convection, by definition, is the natural circulation of heat created by differences in temperatures. This is basically hot air moving up and away from the heat source then coming back down to the heat source until the cycle repeats, transferring energy within the space. However, the “convection ovens” we know forces an even circulation of heat through use of a fan, making sure that the food is cooked evenly on the outside and the inside. This makes roasting large meats, like whole chicken, faster.

Now, not all food are supposed to be evenly cooked on the outside and inside. For instance, cookies and breads are best baked in a more humid environment since you don’t want to make pastries all crunchy on the outside and inside, or gooey on the outside and inside. A convection oven dries out an oven much faster so if your oven has a convection feature (an interior fan that can be turned on or off), it’s best to bake cookies and breads without the convection on.

The Breville Oven

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One good choice when it comes to convection ovens is the Breville BOV800XL Smart Convection Oven. Like many other convection ovens, the BOV800XL unit is capable of baking, roasting, broiling, toasting, reheating, warming, and any kitchen-related activity involving heating food.

What sets this convection oven apart from other convection ovens is its Element IQ® technology, which is composed of the oven’s five quartz heating elements that work independently. Depending on the setting you choose, the heating elements move the power where it’s needed the most (above or below the food), each element adjusting to create the right temperature to cook your food at the right time.

Its digital display lights up in blue when not in use and turns to orange when pre-heating. It has nine pre-set functions which include Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookie, Reheat, and Warm. The oven has nine dials, one for choosing the function, one for setting temperature, and one for setting time. The unit also has default settings for the Bake and Roast functions. For instance, if you choose the Bake function, the oven will automatically set the heat to 325°F and the time to 30 minutes, but these are still adjustable.

The sleek chrome oven also comes with an auto eject wire rack, pizza and baking pan, a broil rack, and a crumb tray.

Guide

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Should you wish to grab your own convection oven, here’s a guide of temperature and cooking times for certain types of food:

Food Temperature Time
Biscuits 400º F 9 minutes
Cream Puffs 370º F 54 minutes
Cupcake 330º F 13 minutes
Loaf Cake 330º F 40 minutes
Soufflé (in a hot water pan) 330º F 37 minutes
Macaroni and Cheese 350º F 28 minutes
Whole Chicken 375º F 30 minutes

Are there any other foods that need specific temperature and cooking times to properly look? Tell us in the comments below!