What Is A Halogen Oven?
Halogen ovens are basically large glass bowls, typically about 12 quarts in volume, which sit on a plastic cradle. They have a plastic lid which contains a halogen light bulb and a fan with temperature and timer controls on the outer surface of the lid.
The halogen light bulb acts as a heat source – and it provides intense heat from the instant it’s turned on; there’s no need to wait for a halogen oven to heat up like you would have to with a conventional oven. The halogen light uses infra-red radiation to cook food and the fan circulates the air within the glass bowl to ensure that heat is evenly distributed.
As you can see from the image top right, the bowl is easily large enough to cook a large chicken. You can cook the vegetables in the halogen oven as well if you like.
Halogen ovens are inexpensive. They fit right on top of your kitchen worktop; there’s no need to modify cabinets or build them in. You can even take them with you if you move, or if you go away for a short, self catering trip.
Why Choose A Halogen Oven?
Halogen ovens offer their users many benefits. The main attraction is that, unlike a microwave oven, you can cook anything in a halogen oven that you would in a conventional oven. You’ll get crisp, golden poultry, French fries, pizza, roast joints, steamed fish, baked potatoes, breaded chicken, brownies, muffins, biscuits – anything you can think of basically – from your halogen oven.
Versatility isn’t where it stops with halogen ovens though – because they heat up instantly and use fan assisted intense heat from the halogen bulb, you’ll be able to cook meals at close to microwave speeds. In a nutshell, you get the best of both worlds, the versatility of a conventional oven and the speed of a microwave.
And because of the shorter cooking time, plus the small size of the glass bowl compared to a traditional oven, you’ll also use less energy cooking your food. Most manufacturers claim a 75% reduction in energy usage when compared with cooking the same recipe in a traditional oven.
Finally, halogen ovens can help you to eat more healthily. You can prepare food using very little oil. You can air fry French fries using no more than a spoonful of oil for example. Likewise, popular dishes like breaded chicken can be air fried oil free. You can enjoy the foods that you like without having to feel guilty or worry about your fat intake.
Halogen ovens are easy to clean when you’re done. They have a self cleaning mode where you just add water and detergent to the bowl, set the temperature control to clean and set the timer to ten minutes or so. You can also just take the bowl and pop it into your dishwasher or wash it in the sink if you like.
Here’s a short demo:
Halogen Oven Benefits Summarized
As you can see, halogen ovens offer lots of benefits. Here’s a brief summary of what they can do for you:
- Prepare any food that you would normally cook in a conventional oven.
- Save time
- Save energy
- Save money
- Eat healthy meals
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
Halogen ovens are great little kitchen helpers. To be honest, I don’t know how I got by before I got one – I use it all the time now. The main oven is rarely used and the microwave is mainly used for heating things up, like vegetables for example.
These little ovens are ideal for any kitchen. You’ll use it a lot. They are definitely a good idea for smaller kitchens as they take up so little space – think student dorms, works kitchens etc.
However, even large kitchens will definitely benefit from one of these. They can be a really handy second oven when you have a house full of guests over for family events.
Here’s a quick demo of how easy it is to cook a chicken in a halogen oven: