If you are looking for the perfect way to cook your food without using fats or oils, then you should look at what a halogen oven can do for you. This type of oven is a small appliance that sits on your countertop. It has a glass bowl with a cover containing a timer and temperature control. You can actually see the food cooking inside. It uses halogen and infra red technology, assisted by a fan, to cook food faster than a conventional oven. As soon as you place the food inside, the halogen element heats up immediately, so this reduces the preheating time.
When the food is inside the glass container, you don’t need to turn it over to ensure even cooking. This is because the fan circulates the hot air evenly throughout the oven. The fat drains away from the food, so that you can roast, bake, grill or broil your food using this appliance. Cooking in a halogen oven is different than cooking in a microwave over, because this revolutionary appliance also browns the food as it cooks. It is also suitable for use with metal containers.
This type of oven uses 1300 watts of electricity and is 30 cm wide and 16 cm deep. It comes with two oven racks so that you can cook a complete meal in a fraction of the time it would take you with an ordinary oven. This makes it perfect for working people who often have to pick up something from the take out on their way home from work because they don’t have time to cook.
You can time the cooking process with a timer and the oven has a built-in safety feature, as well as defrost and self-cleaning buttons. Some models are not self-clean, but the oven is easy to clean because the deep glass body is easy to remove and you can wash it in the sink.
Some of the advantages of halogen ovens that users extol over conventional ovens include:
- Cooking time is cut in half
- They are energy saving appliances using about 75% less energy than conventional ovens
- The halogen heat seals the juices in the food making them more tasty
- There is no smoke or odor in the kitchen while the food is cooking
- You can cook about 8 pounds of meat in one of these ovens
When you buy one of these ovens, you also get a recipe book to help you prepare food. You may have to experiment a few times to learn how to use the oven, but once you do, it won’t take you any time at all to have a meal ready for the table.