Are you dreaming of cooking a delicious roast dinner?
Trying to master the perfect pork crackling?
Then you need to ‘Cook with Convection’!
Convection ovens are easy to use and don’t need time to warm up like traditional ovens. And when you can purchase one for as little as $39.95- it’s worth giving one a try.
So “What is a convection oven”?
A Convection oven uses internal fans to evenly circulate the hot air maintaining an even temperature eliminating those ‘hot spots’ you get with some traditional ovens.
With temperature settings that you would expect of a traditional oven, convection ovens also have timers to give you piece of mind that you will not burn dinner.
Look for one that is a suitable size for your needs. Most come with a 17L capacity which is more than enough for your average dinner roast.
Sometimes the accessories matter- Models with an extension (a circular ring that extends the capacity of the oven) will ensure you can adapt the size of your oven to your needs. Most come with wire stand to place your meat and vegetables on the top. Because these ovens rely on the circulation of heat- these wire stands are essential for cooking in a convection oven to allow optimal air flow.
For an easy dinner solution try this recipe for a perfect roast pork:
1kg pork belly
1 sprig of thyme
5 cloves of garlic
Step 1: The secret to perfect pork crackling is to get the skin of the pork as dry as possible. Score the meat in a diamond shape and pat dry with a paper towel.
Step 2: Salt it up! Put lots of salt on the top and rub it into the skin. Use a paper towel to pat it down and to wipe excess salt from the top.
Step 3: Combine the Thyme, the garlic (crushed) and the oil and place it in a shallow roasting tray or pan. Place the pork into the pan with the marinade and put it in the fridge overnight.
Step 4: Take the pork from the fridge and wipe off as much of the salt as you can with a paper towel.
Step 5: Place the pork belly on the wire frame in the convection oven and put the temperature on max (about 25o degrees) for around 25 minutes. This will get the crackling going!
Step 6: Turn the temperature down to around 200 degrees for a further 10 minutes and ensure the pork is cooked.
And then you are ready to serve with vegetables or your favourite sides!
You can also easily cook a pre-marinated butterflied-chicken from your local butcher or your favourite lamb leg recipe!
Have fun experimenting with different recipes and don’t forget to share them with us!
Do you have a convection oven?
What do you ‘Cook with Convection’?