I love cooking with a halogen oven, and the one that I have is the Flavorwave turbo oven.
Ooo! I get so excited whenever I use the Flavorwave halogen oven. Always looking through the glass bowl curious to see how the food is cooking. Happiness fills my heart when I see some bubbling and browning on the food as I’m roasting, grilling or air frying. Be it chicken, pork, lamb or French fries, it’s an exciting experience all the same, or should I call it an adventure! It sure feels like an adventure to me! J
See, it’s a new experience for anyone using an infrared halogen convection oven for the first time. It’s not the same as a normal convection oven, where the convection fan is normally placed on the back interior wall of the oven to circulate hot air inside the baking chamber. In an infrared halogen convection oven, the convection fan sits on top, blowing hot air down and around the baking chamber. The small halogen oven normally has a 12 litre or 7 litre (mini halogen oven) glass bowl with a lid on top. Some brands have a plastic bowl instead of a glass one. The one I’m using, the Flavorwave turbo oven, has a 12 litre glass bowl. The glass bowl is the baking chamber, whereas the lid has the convection fan as well as the halogen bulb to generated heat into the glass bowl. For my Flavorwave halogen oven, the heat can go as high as 250oC or 482oF.
Now, cooking with a halogen oven can be a bit tricky at first. Since the heat comes down from the top, food tends to cook faster on the top, whereas the food on the bottom takes a bit longer. For this reason, sometimes we will need to turn whatever we’re cooking upside down, to cook the bottom part as well. For instance, say you’re roasting a whole chicken. You’ll have to place the chicken upside down first to cook the bottom side. Half way through the cooking time, you’ll have to stop the oven and turn around the chicken right side up and continue roasting. This is the only annoying thing about cooking with a halogen oven. But once the chicken is done, you’ll have a juicy tender chicken on the inside and a nice crispy brown skin on the outside. Hmm, yummy right?!
I personally don’t like eating chicken but my sister-in-law roasted a half chicken once, doing exactly what I said above, and it turned out great. Made me want to eat too, the smell was so yummy.
I’ve used the infrared convection oven (another name for the halogen convection oven) to air fry French fries and to tell you the truth, it’s not bad. I don’t use any oil, so it’s dry and crispy on the outside but soft on inside. It took me a few times trying to air fry French fries before I got it right. But it was fun using the Flavorwave halogen oven every time. Peering through the glass bowl every few minutes to see if the fries were done! I don’t know why, but it’s so exciting to watch how the food is cooking in the infrared halogen convection oven. It’s just so much fun!
What Can You Cook In A Halogen Oven
If you’re wondering what can I cook in a halogen oven? Well, a bunch of things like the following:
- Air frying fish fillets
- Grilled Beef Rib Roast
- Grilled Meat Loaf
- Grilled Hamburger Patties
- Grilled Hot Dogs
- Rib Eye or Strip Steak
- Whole Snapper
- Salmon Steak
- Grilled Shrimp
- Lobster Tails
- Pork Loin Roast
- Pork Chops or Lamb Chops
- Leg of Lamb
- Grilled Bacon
- Grilled Breaded Fish
- Roast Chicken –whole, half or quarter
- Chicken Breasts
- Roast Turkey or Turkey Breast
- Baked Potato
- Air frying french fries
- Corn on the Corb
- Grilling/Roasting Vegetables
- Baking Cakes and Cookies
- Baking Apple Pie
- Baking Bread
Buying An Infrared Halogen Convection Oven
Like I mentioned earlier, an infrared halogen convection oven comes with a glass bowl and a lid that has the machine to run the convection fan and halogen bulb to generate heat. You have a choice to get a 12 litre halogen convection oven or a halogen mini oven that is 7 litres. You decide which is right for you. The mini halogen oven is normally preferred by college students as it takes up only a small space and is a convenient and easy to use tabletop convection oven. No matter the size, these portable convection ovens are easy to carry as they are relatively light weight.
They come with a lower wire rack and an upper wire rack, as well as tongs to carry hot trays and pans. Of course a manual on how to use the product is also included when you purchase the infrared convection oven to make cooking with a halogen oven even easier.
On the down side, you have to be careful when carrying and washing the glass bowl. You don’t want to break the glass bowl by dropping it. Also never immerse the lid in any liquid. So you just need to be careful with that.
So, if you want to have as much fun as I do when I’m cooking with a halogen oven, then get yourself any one of the above mentioned small halogen oven and start enjoying yourself, while at the same time, cooking food that is both healthy and delicious too.