A convection oven offers faster and even cooking, it’s a great cooking appliance to produce juicier results with more nutritional value. This type of oven is almost the same as your regular oven, the only difference is that it comes with one specific feature, i.e. the built-in fan.
That fan can help circulate the hot air within the unit to achieve even cooking, and because of that it needs major adjustment to your cooking style. This is especially true with times and temperatures.
Thus, if you have recipes designed for conventional ovens, you must adjust some of its items so they can adapt to convection cooking.
How to adjust cooking style?
There are ways to turn your recipe for conventional ovens into something that can be prepared using a convection oven. Generally, you need to reduce its cooking temperature by 15 degrees Celsius or 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and you also need to reduce the recipe’s cooking time by 25%.
This means that if you want to bake, say cookies, and it calls for 375 degrees Fahrenheit temperature for 12 minutes, then you need to cook it under temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit in 9 to 10 minutes. Or you may reduce its temperature to 330 for 12 minutes.
To be sure, you need to refer to the conversions found in the owner’s manual of your convection oven.
It’s a good idea to check your meal 10 minutes before the cooking time is up. In this way, you can avoid having overcooked meal. You also need to read your owner’s manual that comes with the appliance to better understand how to cook food with this unit.
It takes time to get used to cooking your meals with this appliance. You will need to experiment a lot before you can discover the right temperature and time for a certain recipe.
How to cook or bake ham in a convection oven?
This will depend on the type of ham you’re cooking. Generally, baked ham that weighs 6 pounds can be cooked in 70 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or you can lower the temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the ham for 1 ½ hours.
Cooking meatloaf weighing 1.5 pounds with convection oven is the same as baking ham (refer above). The same temperature but the cooking time is different. You’ll need to reduce it to 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.