Cooking options have come a long way since the days when you could consider yourself fortunate to have a microwave in addition to your hob and oven. These days, there are all sorts of options available for countertop appliances that promise to cook your meals using all manner of different technologies.
One of the most popular is the halogen oven. The concept of a halogen oven is pretty straightforward. It uses a halogen lamp as a cooking element with a fan to circulate the hot air, meaning you never have to bother with turning food to cook both sides. Most halogen ovens take the form of a glass crock pot-type container, with a lid fitted with the lamp sat on top to cook whatever food is placed inside.
But why would you consider a halogen as well as or even instead of your conventional stove or microwave? Here are four key benefits.
When used as light bulbs, halogen lamps are known to be more energy efficient than standard incandescent bulbs (the types that ‘burn’ the piece of wire inside the lamp), but not as efficient as fluorescent bulbs. In fact, their use as ‘energy efficient’ bulbs has been discontinued. However, they do produce a lot more heat than fluorescent lamps, which makes them suitable for cooking. They are also much more efficient than conventional ovens - a halogen lamp will cook the same meal using 75% less electricity than a standard electric oven.
All-in-one cooking solution
With a normal kitchen range, you have different tools to cook food in different ways - an oven to roast and bake, a stovetop to boil and fry, a grill to, er, grill. But with a halogen oven, you can do it all in one. The high convection temperatures in a relatively small space, combined with a fan to distribute all the heat, mean that food will be cooked through thoroughly, often in less time it will take using conventional methods. This makes halogens ideal for baking cakes or roasting joints and so on. But because of the proximity to the cooking element, you also get that crispy effect on the outside of food that we all love about frying, grilling and roasting - something you just don’t get from a microwave.
One pot convenience
If you are one of those people who gets put off cooking because you don’t like having to fiddle around with multiple pans and trays in different ovens, and you can never seem to get the timing and coordination of everything right - a halogen oven is the appliance for you. You can literally throw an entire meal into a halogen and let it all cook together, with minimum fuss. Like the idea of doing an entire roast in one pot by surrounding a whole chicken with the vegetables of your choice? That’s how easy cooking can be with a halogen oven.
Finally, if counter space in your kitchen is at a premium, a halogen oven can be a godsend. Instead of multiple plug-in grills, friers or even a microwave, you could just do away with them all and have a halogen instead. And even better, once you have finished cooking, a halogen is compact enough to tuck away out of sight in a cupboard. As they are also easily portable, halogen ovens are ideal for students in temporary accommodation, or you could even pack one in your car and take it on holiday if you are self-catering!
Your halogen oven could easily become the go-to cooking option you can’t bear to be without. So make sure you protect your new-found friend with Row.co.uk’s superb value kitchen appliance insurance.
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