What is a Halogen Oven
Perhaps, every homemaker dreams of having an all-in-one kitchen appliance that would cope with a great number of tasks and be able to replace a bunch of other gadgets. If this sounds like you, you should definitely try to cook with a halogen oven that performs a lot more functions than a conventional oven. Combining the functionality of a microwave oven, toaster, slow cooker, grill, dehydrator and oven, it can become the only appliance on your countertop. At that, halogen ovens are quite compact and energy-efficient devices that won't cost you a fortune too. What sets halogen ovens apart is that the food cooked in them doesn't contain a lot of fat, doesn't require oil and therefore, is healthy, which is an obvious benefit for all diet followers.
If you like to grill or barbeque meat, cooking thermometers might come in handy to test meat or any other meal for doneness.
What Features to Compare
If you want to make the process of cooking easier and faster, functions are the first issue to consider before choosing a halogen oven. In general, the majority of them defrost foodstuff, heat dishes, bake pastry, roast or/and broil meat, steam vegetables and perform other cooking tasks. Control feature is also of the utmost importance as it determines the simplicity and usability of an oven. It can be of two types – electronic and mechanic. Electronic units are pretty handy to use and adjust, for all available options and programs are displayed on a screen. Mechanical halogen cooking pots are even simpler to use. They've got two dials that you can turn to any position and so, set the time and the temperature.
Pay attention to this criterion as it determines the durability of a halogen oven. Oven’s bowl can be made of either glass or heat-resistant plastic. Glass is one of the most natural and harmless materials. It doesn’t oxidise, is resistant to dishwashing detergent and easy to maintain. As for plastic, make sure to check whether it's BPA-free. Oven’s base is usually made of reinforced plastic to withstand the weight and temperature of an oven’s bowl. The attachments can also be made of a different material, but the most durable are those made of stainless steel.
Usability and Attachments
It’s not a secret that details matter. So, let’s pay attention to small things which will make the use of your halogen oven a better experience.
- Handles located at the base let you move it from one place to another together with a hot meal in a bowl.
- High and low cooking racks are what help you cook several meals in one go. Cross-wire rack might be useful in case you want to dry herbs or fruit.
- Extension ring is a special tool that can increase the volume of an oven up to 17 liters. This accessory will come in handy if you’re planning to cook holiday dinner or just a big meal for a family.
- Using tongs, you’ll protect your hands from direct contact with hot elements and won't run a risk of getting burnt. For extra protection, some models come with a special lid stand.
- The majority of halogen cookers have a self-cleaning option which saves your time and makes its maintenance simple. Moreover, all parts of these cooking pots (except for a lid with dials) are dishwasher safe.
Andrew James AJ-686GD
Several Kitchen Gadgets Embodied in One Appliance
In a fast pace of modern life, everyone seeks for a complex single solution of numerous tasks. When it comes to kitchen appliances, a multifunctional gadget replacing several units will always take the lead if you do not want to spend much time cooking. The Andrew James AJ-686GD halogen oven is just the one in point. This rather compact yet unbelievably versatile and powerful 1400W appliance performs as a microwave, multi cooker and toaster. Now you can roast, fry, steam, bake and grill your favourite dishes in a quicker and more efficient way as well as defrost and reheat food in almost no time. Since the heat is produced by a halogen bulb of durable glass ceramics, this model consumes half less electricity than a traditional oven. It will significantly reduce your cooking time and allow you to save on energy bills. Some other winning benefits of this oven that will not go amiss are its noiseless operation and smoke-free cooking technique thanks to which you can start your day as early as you want with delicious breakfast without disturbing other family members. The Andrew James AJ-686GD is a truly smart kitchen solution that has been designed with a user in mind.
A Variety of Automated Programmes
The Andrew JamesAJ-686 JD operation is a real snap. All users will like and quickly get the hang of comprehensive and intuitive controls. Instead of mechanical dials, here you'll find two displays with the output of the cooking temperature and set cooking time. Wondering how to know the exact time this or that meal needs to be cooked? It's never been simpler! The Andrew James oven offers a great number of automated programmes with the written guides you can choose from, allowing you to experiment with recipes and cook a load of dishes, from simple meals to some sophisticated delicatessen. All you need to do is load all ingredients in the bowl and set the needed programme. The oven will do the rest.
Crusty Toasts in Mere Minutes are an Absolute Doddle!
Crunchy toasts with fried eggs, salmon, bacon or cheese, toasts with jam, chocolate paste, almond butter, cream cheese and a number of other toppings are a common breakfast for many people. The Andrew James AI-686 JD offers one of the easiest and quickest ways to treat your whole family to perfectly browned fresh toasts every morning. Thanks to a special toast rack included in the set, you can make 10 appetising crusty bread slices at a time in less than two minutes. Quickly, easy and delicious! It’s a truly great alternative to a simple toaster. With the Andrew James halogen oven, you do not need a toaster anymore.
While a toast is a popular breakfast food, orange juice is a very popular and healthy morning drink. In this concern, one of the citrus juicers to your choice will become a handy unit to start your day with a delicious portion of vital nutrients and vitamins packed in a freshly squeezed citrus juice.
Russell Hobbs 18537
Appetising Foods Cooked to Perfection
A roasted whole chicken with steamed vegs or oven-baked ham with garlic sauce will look gorgeous on your festal table. To achieve excellent cooking results you should set an appropriate cooking time and accurate temperature. Otherwise, it's likely that you dish, still having an attractive look may turn out to be undercooked and spoil the festive mood of your dinner. Unlike conventional ovens, the Russel Hobbs 18537 halogen oven uses a triple cooking technology (halogen light supported by convection and infrared heat) for even heat distribution and well-done meals. Thus, your chicken, turkey breast, pork joint, roast beef, veal scallops, steaks or lamb rack will remain juicy from inside and have an appetising crust outside thanks to a winning combo of even heat distribution and efficient hot air circulation. All your guests will rave about a tasty bite and you will love your new kitchen helper!
Meanwhile, a good cut of meat needs a high-quality knife since poor-quality knives can ruin the best slices.
Easy Ingredients Handling for Hassle-free Cooking
This halogen oven from Russel Hobbs comes with a number of accessories to cater to all your cooking needs adding convenience to the process. A durable bowl of a heat-resistant glass boasts 11L capacity expandable up to 16L by means of a stainless steel extender ring. Hence, you will have enough space to cook plenty of dainties, be it a single-serve meal or a substantial family dinner. A reversible cooking rack is a useful addition, allowing you to choose the right height for better hot air circulation and fast yet efficient cooking. Designed with safety in mind, the tongs will come in helpful to help you take the hot food or accessories out of the bowl. Along with baking, roasting, grilling, air frying and boiling, this halogen oven offers frozen foods cooking. So, even if you didn't have time to defrost chicken or beef in advance, the Russel Hobbs would help, saving you long hours on waiting.
The Russel Hobbs 18537 Halogen Oven is a comprehensive cooking solution that will add versatility to your kitchen and expand your cooking abilities. Meanwhile, it will save your time and efforts on cooking as well as save kitchen space by replacing several kitchen appliances.
The First Use
As soon as you bring your new halogen oven home, take everything out of the box and follow these several simple steps before the first use:
Andrew James AJ000186
What About a Mouth-Leaking Kebab?
Commonly, the best-ever kebabs are made on a chargrill outdoors. Yet, this is not to say you couldn't cook a kebab if it's winter outside. With the Andrew James AJ000186 halogen oven, you'll be able to cook a great variety of grilled meals right at home. Leave the meat or/and vegetables to soak in your favourite marinade and season it to your liking. Then thread it onto the skewers that come in the set and put the skewers on a high rack. The only thing to worry about is to set the time for cooking with accordance to the type of meat so that it could be well cooked from inside out. From now on, you can enjoy and treat all your guests to BBQ-style kebab whenever you want!
Simple Controls for Easy Operation
Designed to make cooking easier, faster and less messy, the Andrew James AJ000186 offers all the features and functions you’d expect from a top-rated halogen oven and even more. It offers low energy consumption without compromising power (1300W), a halogen technology that cooks 40% faster than a conventional oven and a set of accessories you may need for cooking (trays, tongs, an extender ring and a lid holder). But the biggest advantage of this model is its simple controls. There are only two rotary dials on the lid with which you can set the temperature and time for any particular meal. There are also power and heat indicators that will tell you when the unit's been switched on and when the temperature inside the bowl has reached the set one.
A plastic stay-cool handle on the lid contributes to safety allowing you to avoid burns while handling it hot. For your convenience, the unit comes complete with a recipe book to check cooking times and temperatures recommendations and a number of various recipes sticky honey chicken wings to pork chops with apricot stuffing. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Besides, thanks to oil-free cooking, every time, you will get healthier meals with all the natural foods nutrients and flavours preserved.
Halogen Bulb Service Life
It’s worth mentioning that halogen bulbs are highly efficient and stand out not only for their exceptional heating characteristics but also for a rather long life cycle up to 4000 operation hours. Besides, the Andrew James halogen oven comes complete with a replacement bulb assembly. The replacement process is very easy and will take only several minutes. The only tool you need is a screwdriver. Unscrew 3 screws on the lid (counterclockwise) and take the lid off. Disconnect a bulb connector and unclip 3 bulb holding clips. Install the lamp and repeat all the steps in the reverse order. You can also find detailed illustrations on bulb replacement procedure in the instruction manual (included).
Space-saving Solution for a Tiny Kitchen
If your kitchen size leaves something to be desired, you need an effective all-in-one solution that would not only cater to your cooking needs but also save space on a worktop. The VonShef Mini Halogen Air Fryer is the unit in point. It is one of the smallest halogen ovens you could possibly find for sale, yet, in spite of its small size, it offers impressive 7-L capacity bowl and can suit a household of 3-4 people. Due to the high 900W power, the oven doesn't take long to heat up and cook a meal. What else sets this model apart is its multiple functions that allow you to cook all sorts of dishes. The unit can grill, broil, steam, fry, bake, barbeque, defrost or reheat, and all that with no effort from your side.
Along with portability and versatility of use, the VonShef halogen oven features intuitive controls and a range of accessories to help you out with major cooking tasks. What we also liked about this oven is that it's got a plastic base that doesn't heat a working surface and non-slip feet that keep it stable on the top.
If energy efficiency and compactness without sacrifice to performance are what you need, the VonShef will be just the right appliance to go for.
Several Ideas to Tailor Your Culinary Skills
No matter whether you're a novice cook or you simply seek new ways to tailor your culinary skills, we recommend you to upload a Big Oven app for Android or iOS and try out some of the best recipes. The app contains over 350 thousands meals that one can cook in a halogen oven. All these recipes are illustrated and contain detailed instructions. An option to search recipes by ingredients is a great bonus to it, too. The app lets you create your own shopping list and daily menus from ingredients that you put in, as well as share your recipes with friends online seeing they've also got the Big Oven app on their smartphones.
Safe Unit Operation Tips
Below you will find several tips and recommendations how to prolong the service life of your VonShef halogen oven and avoid its breakdowns and failures.
1. Never let the oven lid be exposed to moisture since it can damage electronic elements and a heater.
2. For flawless operation, the unit should stand on an even surface with not less than 5cm of free space around to ensure appropriate ventilation.
3. Try to avoid rapid temperature change to prevent the bowl from cracking or deforming. For example, do not put frozen ingredients in the oven when it's hot.
4. If you need to stop cooking earlier than you thought you'd need to, do not adjust the dial to 0 manually. It’s better to unplug the oven.
Legend Halogen Oven
Cook Two Dishes at a Time
The Legend Halogen Convection Cooker offers all the features and functions of a premium-quality halogen oven. It comes complete with all essential halogen oven accessories, boasts a generous 12L bowl with extension to 17L and uses up to 60% less electricity as compared to a conventional oven. The versatility of the unit won't go amiss either. It can bake pizzas, biscuits, cakes and tarts, boil hot dogs, eggs and seafood, steam vegs and fish, grill and roast meat, poultry and veggies, fry your favourite French fries and tempura snacks with no oil as well as defrost and reheat food. But what will really impress you about the Legend halogen oven is an option to cook two different dishes at once. It's become possible thanks to two cooking racks included in the set and a high capacity cooking bowl. Put ingredients that require more cooking time on a lower rack at the bottom of a glass bowl. Then install a higher rack with or without a mesh tray depending on the food you put on it. If needed, you can extend the bowl capacity with an extender ring to cook the whole chicken or big chunks of meat with garnish at a time. Whatever the weight of two dishes, no extra cooking time is needed and you will get a family-size meal very quickly. Whether you cook a single serve dish or a substantial meal for several persons, the Legend halogen oven will cope with the task and please you with the results.
Is Halogen Light Harmful?
Though halogen cookers are becoming more and more popular, many people still tend to think that cooking with halogen technology might negatively affect food and have an adverse health impact. Let’s hunt down this issue to dispel any doubts about possible halogen light harm. Actually, a halogen bulb is an ordinary light bulb except for it’s very bright. It releases infrared radiation visible to a human eye to produce heat while a fan ensures even heat distribution in a glass bowl. Hence, the food is cooked by means of efficient hot air circulation allowing for oil-free and fat-free cooking. You can’t but agree that it is rather a pro than a con. Besides grilling, air frying and roasting without a single drop of oil, halogen ovens seal the natural juices of meats, poultry, seafoods and vegetables preserving all nutrients and draining the fats out. Meals cooked in a halogen oven always look appetising and have a delicious taste. We can say with confidence that halogen ovens cook faster and in a healthier way. It can become your loyal companion along your journey for better health and wellness.
All vegetarians and healthy diet followers take heart! We are keen to share an amazingly delicious low-calorie recipe of roasted vegs you can cook in the Legend halogen oven. Once you try it, it will become your signature dish for a quick lunch or a pickup dinner.
- 4 unpeeled small potatoes
- 4 thickly sliced peppers (you take different colour peppers to make your dish even more appetising)
- 10 cloves of garlic and 12 cherry tomatoes
- 3 large chestnut mushrooms cut into four parts
- 1 sliced courgette
- 1 teaspoon of herbs and seasonings,
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some salt to your taste.
Take a large round roasting dish, put all ingredients in it, add olive oil and seasonings. Then place the dish onto a lower rack and cook it at 210ºC within 35 minutes. Voila! Roasted vegs will become a perfect garnish to any meat, poultry or fish and can be served as an individual dish as well. Bon appetite!
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