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The Andrew James Halogen oven has been updated and improved: a review

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The Andrew James Halogen oven has been updated and improved: a review

We bought our Andrew James halogen ovenĀ  in February 2010. Halogen oven are plug in devices that use a fraction of the electricity consumed by a large fan oven. That was the reason why we invested in one. If you can fill your conventional oven every time that you use it , fair enough. But what if you just want to bake a pie, bake some spuds or rustle up some oven chips? If you buy something that is a relatively new invention/model there are bound to be a few teething problems. Product testing probably extends to just a few months. It’s...

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Andrew James premium halogen oven plus accessories: a review

Posted in Kitchen equipment, Reviews | 59 comments

Andrew James premium halogen oven plus accessories: a review

I want to introduce you to Andrew. He is our new kitchen assistant. When he arrived he was given the night off but in the morning was up early to cook a perfect full English breakfast. It took the same time to cook as using the conventional oven but instead of using two hob rings, the grill and the fan oven Andrew took care of the sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon. Leaving me to make the fried eggs and work out how much electricity we were saving. Andrew is quite chunky. With his 12 litre bowl he takes up a fair amount of...

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