Does cooking an entire dinner in a glass bowl that is plugged in to an electric outlet on your kitchen counter sound a little weird? It shouldnt. If you have a halogen table-top oven in your kitchen you will know this is a great way to cook a meal.
You can find halogen ovens for sale on shopping channels, small appliance sections in a store or even online. Today they have become a very popular way to get a meal from the freezer to the table in only a few minutes.
The one thing that most people love about these small appliances is that they don't take up a lot of space in the kitchen. As well they cook everything in one pot that would normally take up an entire oven. In fact you can saute, boil, roast or even bake cakes and you can do it three times faster than when using a conventional oven.
This type of oven uses halogen heating elements that convert electrical energy into intense heat. They rely on the infrared waves along with a high performance fan to circulate the heat throughout the bowl. This action cooks the food fairly quickly and does it without a lot of energy being used.
The halogen oven comes with a clear glass bowl that has a lid that contains all the workings for the oven. This includes the halogen light bulb along with the fan. Since the bowl is glass you will be able to see your food cooking. It also come with a temperature nob and a timer.
Cheaper than a conventional oven, they take up less space and are ideal for small apartment kitchens, camping or the cottage.
The halogen oven may be small and compact but you will be able to get a surprising amount of food in the bowl. In fact you can easily cook a medium sized chicken or turkey and add vegetables around the meat in the bowl. This way everything is cooked in one place.
The oven usually comes with a couple of wire shelves so you can put food at difference heights depending on the amount of direct heat you need. You can for instance put potatoes on the top rack and other vegetables and cook your chicken on the bottom rack.
Because the heat is circulated with a fan you get even cooking with a halogen oven so you dont have to turn the meat or vegetables during the cooking process. Also, the meat turns out moist and tender from this cooking method. The heat is not a dry heat like you get in a conventional oven so you will find you can produce a melt in your mouth experience when you cook chicken or turkey or even steak.
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