What are the easiest dishes to cook using a convection oven?


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Cookies, pastries and meats are among the easiest dishes to prepare inside a convection oven. Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the heated air around, leading to more even crisping, browning and cooking. As a result, foods take about 25 percent less time to cook.

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What are the easiest dishes to cook using a convection oven?
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Baked goods, such as cookies and pastries, benefit from the even temperature throughout the oven. Poultry and meat roasts should sit over a shallow pan on a V-rack. The fan circulates warm air, keeping pockets of air at different temperatures from developing, as they can inside a conventional oven, which sends heat from a stationary source at the bottom of the oven. Some conventional ovens have the option to turn on a fan and have it act as a convection oven.

If trying to calculate 75 percent of the cooking time is complicated, another way to adjust cooking for a convection oven is to lower the recipe temperature by about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. An exception is recipes that ask for covering the food, including some casseroles or items prepared in a Dutch oven. In those cases, the recipe's temperature and cooking time are what the cook should use. When baking, the vessel should sit in the center of the rack to allow even and free circulation of air.

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