No, don’t call the Feds… I’m talking about convection ovens.
Our old microwave was running hot, so we knew it needed to be retired. We shopped and shopped and debated this option and that, but we ran out of time before we agreed on what we needed. Then, life conspired against us, so Mr. eBay – aka: The Knight – took matters into his own fingers and Friday, a new convection microwave arrived. He had it installed before I got home from work.
It’s a Kenmore Elite. I also call it the backhanded success, because I wanted a convection combo and he kept arguing I didn’t do enough cooking anymore to warrant the significant price difference. So, I was surprised when this baby turned up on our doorstep, but I knew the punchline; I would be making more appearances in the kitchen again.
Friday night, I read the manual and removed the metal rack so I could microwave leftovers for dinner. That worked well enough, and I didn’t notice the small decrease in power from our previous microwave.
Saturday, we weren’t home enough to play with the new toy, but yesterday, I knew what was coming when the Knight snatched up a little pork loin at the market. While he was at the station, I stood with instruction manual in hand, and convected a pork roast. I overcooked it, but unlike a microwave or even a conventional oven, the exterior took the hit/heat, and all but the “skin” on the exterior was moist and tender.
I was feeling good about the adventure, so I “combi’d” the scalloped potatoes, since the Knight arrived home a little ahead of schedule. THOSE were a complete success. I wish I’d done one pan in the conventional oven and one pan in the combination mode (speeds up the convection process even more by cooking with microwaves at the same time – a one quart casserole of scalloped potatoes was done in 15 minutes!) so we could have really compared and contrasted the two.
Convection cooking seems to have a love/hate effect on cooks. So weigh in if you have a convection oven, and share any tips or warnings, please?
If you’re in the US, happy Labor Day. We’ve had a rather friend-focused weekend, but I’ve squeezed in a fair amount of knitting and reading too. How was your weekend? If you’re off today, whatcha’ doin’??