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By Andrew Seaman
Halogen ovens form part of a new wave of kitchen ovens and has become a common site in kitchens around the world. This is largely due to the health benefits offered by halogen ovens as well as their portability and ease of use.
How Halogen Ovens Work
Halogen ovens are made up of a glass bowl, a lid that contains a high power halogen bulb and a fan. The halogen bulb then produces high intensity heat to help cook the food and the fan is then used to distribute this heat. The fan is one of the most essential components and helps to ensure that your meal is cooked right through. Halogen ovens are capable of cooking at low temperatures but typically cook meals much quicker than conventional ovens.
Halogen ovens are much more portable than traditional ovens. These are stand alone units that are often no taller than 60cm in height. This makes them perfect for keeping on side units or in kitchen units. Halogen ovens are capable of roasting, grilling, baking and steam food. In most cases they are much cheaper than the traditional oven.
The problem many manufacturers have is a lack of understanding of what halogen ovens can deliver. These are coming much clearer these days and below we discuss why so many people are converting to them.
Benefits of the Halogen Oven
Easy to clean – Halogen ovens usually have a self clean feature and most of the cleaning involves cleaning the bowl. This takes very little time and requires no special cleaning products.
No Defrosting Required – Halogen ovens don’t require you to defrost food first. Frozen food can be taken straight from the freezer and put into the cooker. The best approach is to clean and season food before you freeze it. This reduces the preparation time later on.
Don’t Use Fat or Oils – Halogen ovens don’t need fat or oils in order to cook with. This allows them to produce healthier food.
Completely Portable – Halogen ovens are small and compact and take up little space in a kitchen. They can easily be stored in a cupboard and can be moved with ease. This makes them perfect for students and caravan users.
Easy to clean – The self clean feature on many of these means maintenance and care levels for owners is very low. The same couldn’t be said for standard ovens.
Even cooking – Halogen ovens ensure that your food is cooked more evenly through careful distribution of heat.
Greener – Halogen ovens cook food much more quickly and at lower temperatures which mean they require less power. Experts estimate that home owners can save up to 75% more energy using a halogen oven.
Faster cooking times – Halogen ovens cook food a lot quicker than traditional ovens because of the intensity of the heat.
Keeps food moist – The sealed bowl ensures that those healthy and flavour enhancing aromas stay within your food.
Low Cost – Halogen ovens are much cheaper than traditional ovens.
These are just some of the benefits and with so many it’s not hard to see why so many people are buying them. Owning one couldn’t be easier and over the next few years development in this area is only set to improve.
About the Author: Andrew Seaman – Cooking enthusiast who has expertise in
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