Ovens are home appliances that we use to bake wheat-based products such as bread, cakes, buns, and anything else that is can be baked – like a turkey or chicken. The evolution of ovens started 300 years ago where the ancient bakers started using gas stoves.
The modern ovens have been in use since the 1950s. Several important advancements and upgrades have been made on ovens over the years turning them into a necessity for human life. Today there are two classifications of ovens that most of you may not have known about.
They include conventional and convectional ovens. It’s easy to confuse them with each other but both work based on different principles.
What is a conventional oven?
You now know there are two types of ovens; conventional and convectional ovens. A conventional oven is the kind of oven that works under the principle of upward heat transfer from a fixed point either at the bottom or on top of whatever food you are preparing inside the oven chamber. Heating elements can range from gas, electricity, charcoal and then to wood. It is used to provide the heat which rises to do the magic of baking or roasting for you.
The utensils and structures inside are made of heat-absorbent stone or metallic materials that absorb heat and keep the air in the chamber hot. Food may also be placed directly near the heat source. How the conventional oven is not to be confused with the convectional ovens and how they work.
Instead of a fixed point acting as a heat source, convectional ovens use fans to aid in circulating the heat all round the inside. As the name suggests, convectional heat is actually baking the food, not just the heat. It is important to note that convectional ovens can be converted into conventional ones. You may just turn of the fan.
10 Useful Hacks About Conventional Oven Use
Bake foods that need even heating
Conventional provides heat from a still source either at the top of bottom or both. In the process, whatever you’re baking is usually within a closed heat blanket. If, for instance, you are a bread or cake junkie (just like myself), you most certainly are looking for an even bake both inside and outside, right? This is the right oven for you. Additionally, the bread will not bake too fast; it needs to be slow for even baking and prevent premature and uneven rising. In this case, the conventional oven is much better. Other recipes include flans, custards, soufflés and any other that are delicate enough not to be baked using a convectional oven.
Convert your convectional oven into a conventional one
Most ovens nowadays come with double functionality. You can easily make switches between convectional and conventional options. Such dual purpose ovens are expensive but they are worth the cost. However, if you happen to get one, switch off the convectional function so that you are left with the convectional functionality. This will also happen depending on what you want to bake. Basic conversion options include:
- – Temperature adjustment – if are preparing a standard recipe on a conventional oven, increase the temperature by 25 degrees to match the effect of a convectional oven. This is because conventional ovens have lower heat circulation and are therefore less efficient.
- – Take note of the cooking time – keep checking whats cooking/baking/roasting in the oven so that it doesn’t get messed up. Preparing food in a conventional can be up to 25% less than a convectional oven but this is also fast. Don’t shift your attention too much yet.
Preheat the oven
Are you so hungry your stomach is compelling you to devour some food in the next few minutes? Say no more. Switch on the oven and let it preheat as you prepare your recipe for the bake/cook. Once you are done preparing, shove it into the oven and your meal will be ready in no time! Right there, your stomachs wishes have finally been granted. A preheated oven greatly reduces the cooking time.
Bake variety of food
Did you honestly think that only wheat products such as bread, cookies, and cakes with yeast can be baked? Come on now. There is more to baking than just that. Your conventional oven is limitless. You should know that other foods such as chicken, potatoes and fish can also be baked using an oven.
Ensure proper baking
For wheat bakes and chicken, potatoes, and fish, check if the internal temperatures as same as the external. Use an oven thermometer to check. If they are the same, the food is done baking. The baking happens from the inside out. Therefore, if the outside appears to be well baked, so is the inside.
Keep the oven door closed
Don’t disrupt the baking or roasting process. Conventional ovens have no fans to circulate hot air all over the food. So if you open the door, colder air sets in and lowers the temperatures in the chamber. This extends the cooking time. You will be doing a great disservice to your gut.
Check the temperature
Don’t let the temperatures go too high. Your food might get roasted when you only wanted it cooked/baked.
Adjust the oven racks for better heating
If you want to fast-track the quenching of your hunger, you may decide to push your racks closer to the heat source. This is referred to as broiling. Depending on the position of the heat source, the racks may go lower or higher than they initially were. However, avoid positioning them too close to the heat source as it might result to burning. When the racks are in perfect positioning, don’t open the door to allow faster cooking.
Keep food warm after baking
Some conventional ovens don’t have warming drawers. For those that have them, use them to keep the already baked/cooked food warm until the time is right to devour your meal. You may also set the oven temperatures at minimum just for warming purposes. Warm foods and sweetness are directly related.
Clean the oven
If your food accidentally gets burnt or sticky on the oven utensils, you will need to clean the mess before your next bake. The best time to clean is immediately after the current bake. The frequency of cleaning depends on how often you bake.
Even in the presence of convectional ovens, the importance of conventional ovens cannot be understated. Hopefully, you will utilize the ovens to spice up your baking.