March 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm #251572
hi all. have been away for a while- been busy being retired! i have just bought one of those halogen oven thingies in an effort to cut down on electricity and heat in the kitchen- but there are no instructions or recipes with it . am wondering if anyone has any experience with them.thanks. all advice would be gratefully accepted.:DMarch 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm #455309
What is it????March 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm #455310March 4, 2010 at 8:25 am #455311
i went into the shop where i bought it today in order to see if there was some kind of recipe book available and as i was standing there looking at it with my mum 1 lady came up to me and said “if you’re thinking of buying one of these they are fantastic” so as we chatted about various things it could do another lady came up and said” once you start using one of these you will never use your oven again” so she joined in the conversation, as she was a bit of an expert and a little crowd gathered around the display , all extolling the wonders of said gizmo. the shop lady was delighted as a few would be buyers arrived and they were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the possessors of this wonderous device. so although i still don’t have much of a clue on how to use it apart from “just do whatever you do in your conventional oven” i am convinced that i am indeed fortunate to have one! :D:D:DMarch 4, 2010 at 8:29 am #455312
forgot to mention- which to me is the best thing of all- IT CLEANS ITSELF.:clap::clap::clap:March 4, 2010 at 11:00 am #455313
did fish n chips in it tonight. went great. all done in 20 mins no washing up except for a couple of little cake cooler type thingies. chippies came out crispy. apparently they use 40% less electricity than the oven.:D:DMarch 7, 2010 at 10:26 am #455314
Sue E: I bought one of these for the same reasons as you but I usually use mine for heating stuff up, eg:pizza although I have cooked frittata in it.
DebMarch 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm #455315
hi bluez.long time no read. hope all is well with you. i made an apple pie in it on the weekend and it turned out great. also mum did a roast chookie- a 2kg one was done in 2 HOURS. my son cooked a pizza from scratch ( home made base) and it went well too. going to have a go at scones and a cake today. i love the fact that it minimizes the heat in the kitchen.(still hot here; is there no end to it?)March 26, 2010 at 10:19 am #455316
i am so wrapped in my halogen oven or whirly gig as we have christened it. i have made cakes , done a baked lamb and veges dinner, apple pie , quiche, lovely crispy chippies, spanokopita ,as well as mountains of teenager type food(frozen pies, crumbed fish, frozen french fries etc) . on the hot days i just put it out on the patio to save the hot kitchen. and all it needs is a wipe out or it can go in the dishwasher if need be. just wanted ton share!:DMarch 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm #455317
How does it go with cakes? I have no big oven, and a year or so ago I bought one of those little convection ovens (with the rotisserie for the small roast). It works OK but there’s just not enough room in it for a decent size cake to cook.
Either the top burns, or the bottom does!
HOw much was it? (if you don’t mind me asking)
Ali – who seems to be collecting small electric kitchen appliances instead of saving to replace the big one….March 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm #455318
I thought it sounded interesting but when I Google it it seems it may be part microwave – anyone know for sure ?
AnneMarch 27, 2010 at 12:51 am #455319
i have made 2 cakes in it – the first one was a disaster cos there were no real information on how to use it that came with it. but after discovering a forum called “halogen oven recipes” i have learnt a lot. basicaslly it is the same as using an ordinary oven but because it is smaller and fan forced it is much more efficient at cooking. the heat is produced by a big halogen lamp which is in the lid together with a fan to distribute the heat. i made a cake in it the other day- just a cake mix -as i wanted to see how my newfound knowledge would improve the result. and it turned out great and saved about 15 minutes on the cooking time. this is why i wanted this oven as i hate putting the big oven on just for acake or muffins and i am not any where near enough fond enough of cooking to spend hours filling the oven up by doing a weekly bake as my MIL used to do. as i have a house full of young adults coming and goin at all different times it is great for their kind of food (frozen chips, pies, pizza etc) that seems to be their main snack food on the run. the big oven always seemed to be preheating or cooking or cooling down filling the kitchen with heat. just out of curiosity i tried a roast lamb dinner the other night(one of the rare occasions when everyone seemed to be home for dinner) and it went really well especially as i put it out on the patio and prevented all the heat inside. it cost $79.00 at homart i know you can get more expensive ones but this one suits me fine..i don’t feel guilty to put the oven on now to just make a quiche or muffins or just one item now as according to what i have been reading it can save up to 75% of electricity. there may models that combine microwaves with the convectional heating but mine doesn’t. hope this helps:D:D
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