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How to Cook with a Countertop Convection Oven?

HOW TO COOK WITH A COUNTERTOP CONVECTION OVEN

Countertop convection ovens known for their faster cooking times, evenly cooked food, and improved energy efficiency can undoubtedly offer beautifully golden-brown pastries, perfectly crisp cookies, evenly roasted chickens, delightfully caramelized vegetables, and more for your daily meals. That is why they continue to gain popularity with home cooks. If you have a countertop convection oven, take full advantage of the convection setting functions. However, if you are a new one to cook with countertop convection ovens or cooking from a traditional recipe, some time and/or temperature adjustment may be needed. Here is everything you should know about cooking with a countertop convection oven.

Understanding how a countertop convection oven works

A countertop convection oven cooks food by constantly circulating hot air throughout the oven cavity to help maintain optimal temperatures on the surfaces of the food, resulting in fast and even cooking. Countertop convection ovens can save energy since they make the most use of the heat provided and cook food quickly. If your current kitchen full-sized built-in wall or range oven doesn’t have convection capabilities, a countertop convection oven can bring this cooking technology to your kitchen without needing to replace your existing appliances.

Most countertop convection ovens like VENTRAY Mini Oven Master have a convection setting that activates convection heating functions. The convection setting can be turned on or off. When the convection setting is on, you can utilize the benefits of your convection oven to cook your meals. When the convection setting is off, you can only use your countertop convection oven like a conventional oven.

Cooking tips

Cooking with a convection oven can seem a little complex at first but is easy to master with some simple tips below.

1. Adjust the recipe

When using a countertop convection oven, you do not have to use a high cooking temperature, thanks to its efficient heating technology. Experiment with your favorite recipes by lowering the temperature by at least 25 degrees or shortening the time (10 to 15 percent for cookies and up to 30 percent less for large roasts), or both from the recipe’s recommended setting.

2. Frequently check the food

It is best to check on the dish a few minutes before the end of its cooking time. Don’t rely too much on your set cooking time, especially if you are new to using a countertop convection oven. There is a learning curve with convection oven cooking, so do not be discouraged if your first attempt is not perfect. Since most recipes are written with a conventional oven in mind, you will have to test and check dishes frequently until you find the sweet spot.

3. Allow for air circulation

Countertop convection ovens circulate hot air for even cooking. Stick to low-sided pans or sheets, use rimless baking sheets, and do not cover the racks with foil. These will ensure maximum air distribution around the food. Besides, do not overcrowd the oven when baking or cooking by using multiple racks.

The fastest and easiest way to cook with your countertop convection oven is to follow the presets. VENTRAY Mini Oven Master, as one of the newer countertop convection models, offers 12 cooking presets – bread, cake, dehydrates, fries, wings, chicken, fish, steak, shrimp, donuts, cookies, and pizza to meet your daily cooking needs.

What can you cook in a countertop convection oven?

The hot air consistently circulating in the countertop convection oven will give you fast and even cooking results. You can cook pretty much any conventional recipe with a countertop convection oven after a little experimentation. Here are some foods that will do well in the countertop convection oven:

  • Roasting meat like chicken – You will get better browning and delicious crispy outside while staying juicy on the inside because the meat will not be in the oven as long. 

 

  • Baking cookies and brownies – You can put at least two cookie sheets in a countertop convection oven at once and have an evener baking thanks to the convection setting.

 

  • Baking pastries, pies, and tarts – Using a countertop convection oven, you will get a faster, lower temp, more even baking, and crispier pie crust.

 

  • Baking bread – The convection setting will yield lovely and crusty bread. Try to use a convection setting for bread and decide how it works in your oven.

 

  • Roasting vegetables, toasting nuts and seeds, and dehydrating fruit and jerky – The fan and exhaust system in countertop convection ovens can move the hot air around and out, taking moisture away much more quickly, producing caramelized veggies.

Can you bake a cake in a countertop convection oven?

Foods like cakes, quick breads, custards, and souffles (or anything made from loose batter) do not quite do well in countertop convection ovens, since the blowing air from a countertop convection oven can create lopsided, rippled, and dry results. You can use a conventional oven or turn off the convection setting on the countertop convection oven to make them.

Countertop convection oven VS Conventional oven

A conventional oven has two heating elements that heat the air inside the oven to cook food. One founded on the bottom is used for most cooking and baking. The other on the top is mostly used for broiling.

Cooking with conventional ovens, you might have “hot spots” to lead to uneven cooking because it has no convection setting to circulate the air in the oven like a countertop convection oven.

Why use a countertop convection oven?

A countertop convection oven is a versatile appliance that can cook almost anything in less time than with a conventional oven. Let’s have a closer look at some of the top reasons to invest in one.

  • Cooks faster – If you are tired of waiting for dinner to get done, a countertop convection oven cooking your food by circulating hot air around your food can help you get your meals on the table faster.

 

  • Cooks more evenly – With a countertop convection oven, you will get more even cooking rather than uneven “hot spots” cooked by conventional ovens, thanks to its continuous hot air circulation.

 

  • Idea for browning – The exhaust system of a countertop convection oven can reduce the amount of moisture in the oven for browning and crispy cooking results when you roast things like vegetables or meat.

If you want more cooking options in your kitchen or if your oven lacks a convection setting, it is worth owning a countertop convection oven like VENTRAY Mini Oven Master to help bridge the gaps. If you want some delicious countertop convection oven recipes to try out, browse our oven recipes here!

Christmas Gift Guide for New Parents

Christmas Gift Guide for New Parents

Get the perfect gift for new parents
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Christmas day is approaching, and people are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones. If someone on your list is a new parent, the best gift for him or her would be something that involves not only the parents but their children as well. VENTRAY is here to give you a little inspiration.

Newborns rely on their parents to bring them to this world and are dependant on them to survive in the world. Parents take full responsibility for baby care from breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, diapering, to anything tiny or big that matters in their life. Anything pertaining to their child, parents will treat seriously and cautiously including their child’s nutrition. It is especially crucial when breast milk or milk powder does not provide enough nutrition for their infant.

Making original healthy baby food by the parents themselves would be the picture-perfect solution for these baby-focused parents. Creating your own baby food from scratch is no longer a troubling or time-consuming effort with VENTRAY’s Baby Food Processor (Baby Grow Plus). Using the Baby Grow Food Processor is simple. Just cut the ingredients into small pieces and put them into the steaming basket, add water into the tank, and set time for steaming. Pour the steamed food back into the device for blending. After blending, you will have natural healthy baby food and it is ready to serve with no other steps needed.

Baby Grow Plus is the second member of the Baby Grow family. It’s a multifunctional baby food processor that combines five functions into this portable body, including steaming, blending, reheating, defrosting, and sterilizing. Compared to its younger brother, the Plus version is upgraded with optimized components to shorten the preheating time and bring out more efficient steaming.

Adopting maternal-and-infant-friendly PP and BPA-free plastic, we take the sacred responsibility for the health of each little baby. Adjustable timer (0-25 minutes) works with four modes to cook your ingredients such as meats, vegetables, seafood, and fruits. Precise time-controlled steaming helps keep the vitamins and flavours maintained. The powerful blending blade precisely blends the food into creamy purees for a delicate taste.

Parents are always trying their best to prepare the best for their newborns. They would like to prepare baby food by themselves if time allows rather than have store-bought baby foods with hidden ingredients and preservatives. Steaming is recognized as the best way to maintain nutrients, flavours, and vitamins in the food. This is the number one recommended way for new parents to introduce different healthy natural food to their loved little ones. Let alone it became so easy and quick to achieve with Baby Grow!

Best Gift for Parents of Twins or Triplets

Best Gift for Parents of Twins or Triplets

Baby Grow Elite is great for parents with multiple children
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Pregnancy is a difficult journey that each mother needs to go through. Daily life gets tougher as the further you are in your trimester. After delivery, the great joy of being new parents will be overwhelmed quickly when they’re busy with baby care. Just a single baby brings a whole lot of troubles to new parents, let alone having twins, triplets, or more. Having twins or triplets is both lucky and unlucky, which their parents will agree with entirely. Double the happiness usually comes along with double the trouble, and the same goes for triplets.

Having been expecting for nine months, new parents finally have their sweet babies in the arms. After giving birth to twins or more, first-time parents are facing a larger and more difficult problem – having to take care of two or three little ones at the same time. It’s not hard to imagine how difficult it is when one is crying and the other one requires your attention as well. Feeding one child is challenging enough but now you must take both of your child’s nutrition into account. How will you make sure your babies get enough nutrition and vitamins? Remember that the ready-made baby foods at the store are never better than homemade purees made by the parents.

We understand that the parents of twin or triplet babies are always too busy to make baby food themselves. With Baby Grow Elite creating homemade baby food is easier than you thought. All you need to do is to cut the ingredients into small pieces, add water into the tank, and set time for steaming. Pour the steamed food back into the device for blending. Then the natural healthy baby food is ready to serve.

Baby Grow Elite is the highest end of the Baby Grow products. It has the largest blending jar in the Baby Grow family. That’s what makes it perfect for families with twins or triplets. We have made some remarkable improvements in the Elite version to make it customized for feeding two or three babies at once. A large-sized steaming basket and blending jar contain more ingredients, while a large water tank requires fewer refills. Preheating time is impressively shortened to 45 seconds! A large, powerful, and precise blade contributes to a consistent, smooth, and delicate blending. The Baby Grow Elite allows more ingredients to be cooked with the adjustable timer that can be set to 30 minutes. Adopting environmental PP and Tritan material, we feel responsible for making it both safe and healthy for baby use.

Although the Baby Grow Elite is a baby food maker first and foremost, however, it does more than that. When you no longer need to use it for making baby food you can use it as a convenient cooking helper. Perfect to use for steaming and heating food, blend ingredients, or quickly defrost frozen meats.

If you are looking to give a gift during a baby shower, consider a gift that the parents will be able to use after the baby stage of their child’s life. Our Baby Grow Elite would be the perfect gift to help the parents with their children as well as post child use.