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June 26, 2014 11:34 AM   Subscribe

I just got one of those round glass tabletop convection ovens. Now what?

Specifically, it's this one. Never used one of these before but for $28, I thought I'd give it a try. I have heard people swear by them for crispity roasted pork and chicken. If you've had one, what have you cooked in it? Any tricks to owning one? Any difference in cooking from frozen solid to defrosted meat items? Share recipes, please!
posted by HeyAllie to Food & Drink (2 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Mom has one of these and they're good for heating up things that you don't want to use the oven for (chicken on a hot summer's day is one...doesn't heat the whole house like the oven does) or for things that have to be at a very different temperature than the oven, but cook at the same time.
posted by xingcat at 12:54 PM on June 26


I bought one of these about 15 years ago. I don't use it much these days because I have a combination microwave/convection oven that I use instead.

It's great for cooking things that you want to be crispy because of the air circulation. So for a chicken breast, I'd cook it on a wire rack with a dish underneath to catch the fat. If you don't want things to get too well done on top, use the extender ring to keep the heating element away from the food.

When my oven was out of commission a few years ago I even cooked Christmas dinner in it - a turkey crown (bone-in turkey breast roast), and while that was resting, the crispy roast potatoes went in. It was a big success.

I've also baked cakes and pies in mine. It makes awesome crispy toasted cheese sandwiches.

It really is a great bit of kit. If I had more counter space I'd still have mine out, but I really don't have the room for it plus the microwave.
posted by essexjan at 2:18 PM on June 26


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