Save Energy: Use Your Convection Oven
Chances are if you own a newer oven, it has a convection feature. Chances are, if you are like me, you don't know how to use it, or never have.
Last week, I was cooking a pumpkin to make curry soup. The pumpkin had been in the oven for a really long time, and it was getting late. I decided to try convection.
By moving fast hot air past the food, convection ovens can operate at a lower temperature than a standard conventional oven and yet cook food more quickly. The air circulation, or convection, tends to eliminate "hot spots" and thus food may bake more evenly.
A convection oven will have a reduction in cooking temperature, compared to a conventional oven.
Although cooking times will vary depending on the how full the oven is, http://www.convection-calculator.com/
in general, you can lower your cooking temperature by 25 degrees and reduce time by 15 minutes when cooking with convection
. There's even an online convection calculator to help.
Once I switched to convection cooking with my pumpkin, the flesh cooked up much faster and dinner was on time. I have become a convection convert.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at December 7, 2010 1:00 AM