What Is a Convection Oven?
What’s a Conventional Oven?
What Are the Benefits of a Convection Oven vs. a Conventional Oven?
Here are the main benefits of having a convection oven in the house:
- More even baking and heat distribution than regular ovens
- Less rotation of food inside the oven to get it to bake
- The circulated air draws out moisture, allowing for better crisping and roasting
- Convection ovens generally have faster baking and roasting times
- They preheat quickly
- The air circulation and exhausts allow you to cook multiple dishes at once on different racks
- If you turn the convection mode off, you can use the oven just like you would use a radiant one
- Modern convection ovens are energy-efficient
- Shorter cooking times means you save on energy bills
There are a few downsides to using a convection oven, namely:
- Most recipes you find online are written with the traditional oven models in mind and usually include instructions on which rack to use and the temperature requirements and cooking times for those ovens
- People are more familiar with the regular oven models
When to Use the Convection Setting
The convection setting is great when roasting meats like chicken or turkey. The circulating air allows the skin to get crispy while the meat remains juicy and delicious inside.
How to Use a Convection Oven
1. Convert Recipe as Needed
2. Adjust the Temperature
3. Adjust Cooking Time
4. Preheat Oven
5. Start Cooking
Tips for Cooking With a Convection Oven
If you want to step up your baking game, here are some tips on convection settings:
- You may not need to rotate food while it’s in the oven. Since the fan blows air around it, there will be almost no cold spots in the oven.
- You can use a wet towel to clean the oven easily.
- You can use high-quality glass cookware in the oven.
- The convection setting tends to dry out food more, so don’t use it if you’re baking moist, delicate foods.
Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Convection Oven
- Adjust recipe times and temperatures compared to traditional models.
- Use cookware with lower sides to allow air to circulate around the food more.
- Use the convection setting for browning, crisping, or roasting.
- Don’t block the convection fan.
- Don’t put too much food in the oven.
- Don’t use convection for moist, delicate desserts such as angel cake, cheesecake, or flan.