If you’re looking for a new oven and you’ve already started shopping for one, you’ve probably noticed that there are a few different types. Two of the most popular types are conventional and convection, and many of the newer ones have the option of cooking food either way, depending on the established mode. The difference between these two types is the way the heat is dispersed in the oven during the cooking process.
A convection oven uses a fan that is usually located in the back. The purpose of the fan is to force hot air inside and circulate it around the item being cooked. Hot air is constantly being pushed over and around food and therefore a convection oven cooks food much faster than a conventional one.
Not only does a convection oven cook food faster than a conventional one, it can also fully cook food at lower temperatures. The average amount of time saved when cooking with a convection oven is about 20 percent of the normal cooking time for food. The temperature you use to cook food is also about 20 percent lower than the cooking temperature suggested by the recipe.
Convection ovens are typically known for their popularity in the restaurant industry as well as commercial kitchen facilities. However, it is becoming more popular for people to have convection ovens in their homes … or at least a conventional one that can switch to a convection mode on demand.
Convection ovens are faster and more efficient than conventional ones and therefore can be more expensive. Yet professional chefs around the world trust and trust them for delicious food. Also, since the air circulation in a conventional oven is the same everywhere, food will cook at the same speed no matter where it is placed in the oven … on the top or bottom rack or near the front or rear.
Traditionally, most personal residences in the United States come equipped with modern conventional ovens. These are the most common and are used every day by men and women to cook all kinds of foods, desserts, breads and many other types of food.
Conventional ovens are similar to convection ovens in that they both cook food with heat. Both have the ability to use gas or electricity, depending on the connection in the house. Some may have the versatility of using gas or electricity simply depending on what is connected to them, and some are made to be specific for gas or electricity.
The most obvious difference between conventional and convection is the fact that in conventional, air is not forced through the oven constantly with the help of a fan, as is the case in convection.
In a conventional oven, the circulation of heat in the oven can be blocked by pots and pans inside the oven. Heat lockout can cause uneven cooking. Uneven cooking is especially noticeable when the upper and lower oven racks are used at the same time. Items above will cook faster because heat rises to the top of conventional ovens and when there is a lot in the oven, the heat is trapped there.
There are pros and cons to conventional and convection ovens. Conventional ovens have been serving people for years and years and food has been successfully cooked in them for many decades. Convection ovens have a large following and fans, but these types of ovens can be difficult to get used to … especially for novice cooks.