Post # 1
After over 2 months of living in our townhome, we’ve come to the conclusion that the landlord isn’t replacing the oven, despite its reluctance to work. Two of the 4 stove burners work, at least, I guess that’s something. Anyway, MIL took pitty on my oven-less state and bought me a convection oven! Its really nice of her, but…. it scares me. I’ve never used one before. All I know is that it cooks a little differently from a conventional oven. Anyone ever used one? Have any good recipes I should try out in it? It has a rotisserie, but I’m vegetarian, so…. yeah. Not sure what to do on that.
Post # 3
They are great! I don’t have any recipes for you, I haven’t used one in years. But I lived off one for several years when I was young.
I babysat for a woman when I was 13-15 in the summers. She would have a recipe and the ingredients ready every day for me to make her kids at lunch time. It was those that I lived off of. Stuff like bagel pizzas. I don’t remember the recipes (I haven’t had a convection oven in a decade), but I know when I first moved out I lived off the stuff I learned from her. Easy to make, fairly cheap, and fairly heathly. She wasn’t a vegetarian so some stuff had pre-cooked meat (mostly chicken, I think she made it the night before), never raw… looking back she was pretty darn smart. All I had to do was follow the directions, turn the thing on and off at the correct times. Everything was pre-cut and measured. 🙂
I’m sure with some internet searching you could find a bunch of good recipes (most people didn’t have internet back then… she was a genius in the kitchen).
At my last job we had one, but it was only used to toast bread and then there was one lady who would make 8-10 cookies in it at a time. It would usually make our day. It’s really like an oven just smaller (usually).
Post # 4
I would say anything you cook in your regular oven, you could cook in this.
Post # 5
I believe the only difference between a normal oven and a convection oven is that the convection oven has a fan at the back to circulate the warm air more efficiently. That way, your food cooks quicker, because there aren’t any ‘cold spots’ in your oven.
… at least, I think that’s what they are?
Anyway, I’m also pretty sure that most convection ovens let you use the oven like a ‘normal’ one too.
Post # 6
@UsagiTsukino: Convection ovens work just like regular ovens, the difference being they circulate the air for more even cooking.