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Halogen Ovens
Wed 28-Mar-12
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devongarden
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It is cheaper than an electric oven, I don't know whether it is cheaper than gas. It is not cheaper to run than a Remoska (from Lakeland) though that is not as large, and I have no idea how it compares to a woodburner!

There are recipes for the Remoska here (and on the Lakeland site I think) so you could get an idea if it would work for you. You can bake bread in a Remoska!

Wed 28-Mar-12
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This video may help.
Wholemeal bread in the halogen after proving is 15-20 minutes

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Wed 28-Mar-12
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Interesting video- worth looking in to further I think.

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Wed 28-Mar-12
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You can certainly bake small loaves & rolls in a halogen oven but a large loaf is quite tricky (I found). Like all new bits of equipment you need to experiment a fair bit. I used unglazed clay pots that had been soaked in water prior to baking.

Here are some useful links.

 

http://halogenovenrecipes.forumotion.com/t1166-a-t.....logen-oven

 

http://halogenovenrecipes.forumotion.com/t290-baking-bread

 

Aly, I think a halogen oven would be a great solution for you in the summer when your Esse is off. I suspect you would not even need to relight it at the weekend as it cooks a smashing roast dinner. My first roast was a chicken, which was perfect. I tend not to use my large oven any more. 

 

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Wed 28-Mar-12
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My electricity bill has really come down since investing in my gadgets.

The halogen takes over from our 1987 Creda electric cooker.
A mini pressure cooker (all the veg in under 6 minutes). 
A slow cooker for the brisket in wine, tougher cuts or a casserole.

For old times sake I did a sunday roast in the conventional oven, I could not believe how much time and electric it consumed just getting up to temperature.

 

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Wed 28-Mar-12
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Bob, It is really scary just how much electricity we use with a regular oven, just heating it up. I too have noticed how my electric bill is much less since I got both a slow cooker & a halogen oven. I have been thinking about a pressure cooker but I'm not sure I would use it that much. I also noticed your link is for an aluminium cooker, something I would not cook in, stainless steel would be my choice if I bought one. I also have a Remoska cooker which I have had for years; my one has two pans of different sizes; that is very useful too.

 

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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I've two pressure cookers, a stainless steel prestige high dome and the small extruded aluminum one. Both are pressure tested to the required safety standards and the smaller one has three safety valves plus the weight valve, it's quite thick and just as tough as the steel, this one gets used the most.

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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Ah Bob, it is not the structural safety of aluminium pots I'm so worried about but the health issues....I feel much the same about Teflon surfaced pans.

 

http://naturalhealthnews.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/al.....oking.html

 

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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We don't have a halogen oven or a Remoska (and no plans to buy either as yet), but we do have a small tabletop electric oven with hotplate top.  We bought it years ago for about £20 when it was on offer in Lidl or Aldi, I'd forgotten about it, it's been in the shed since we moved here.  Now that the Rayburn is switched off for the summer, we have to use the (ancient) electric cooker.....as you say, it uses so much power when the oven is on, and if I'm only cooking one dish it is such a huge waste.  So Steve has got the tabletop oven out of the shed, I've given it a clean (it was packed in it's original box so only needed a wipe over) and will try it out this evening to cook supper.  I'm pretty sure it will use less leccy.....will watch the energy monitor while it's on.

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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I have one of those too Sue, it was all I had before the Esse arrived. Mine is a French version and uses a lot of electricity. This is why I am keen on trying something else. It has to be a workable and cost effective solution for me otherwise I will have to go back to the Esse! Just realized that my eldest has a Holden oven as she has a tiny flat and has used it happily for 4 years. She said the only thing that was not good was cakes but as I have allowed for that it will be fine. I hope to do enough baking for at least 2 weeks at a time as it would seem the Sunday lunch can be done in the halogen too. I miss having my Esse going but will just have to get used to it as we have to save money wherever possible.

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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I've just tested the big electric and the little table top ovens, out of curiosity, to see how much electricity they use.  The big one uses 27 pence per hour, the table top one just 11 pence.....

So, unless I'm having a baking day and cooking several things at once, I'll be using the table top oven throughout the summer.

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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Interesting comparison, wonder what the difference is between the table top oven and halogen.

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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I find I have to put a cover over the top of things that I'm baking usually as they get hot too quickly on the top and not around the base. I noticed Danny wrapped a dish in foil and I presume that is for the same reason. I still like my halogen over though and we often do oven chips in it, grill sausage and bacon and I occasionally bake in it as well. I got it after a day when the gas tanks ran out and we couldn't cook on the gas cooker.

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I just need to convince OH!

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Fri 30-Mar-12
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Bob, just seen this resurrected thread now. I am delighted that you are delighted with the halogen alternative. I now swear by it and resent the occasions when I have to use our conventional oven. We thought it was our imagination that our weekend fry-up brunch tasted nicer cooked in the halogen so we did a test once and use the grill on our electric cooker like we used to do before halogen. The difference was genuinely noticeable. Halogen is the biz.

JoannaS said:

I find I have to put a cover over the top of things that I'm baking usually as they get hot too quickly on the top and not around the base. I noticed Danny wrapped a dish in foil and I presume that is for the same reason.

Yes indeed, Joanna. Some dishes need protection from the strong air current from the fan in the lid. But you can roast a chicken on the bottom shelf with no danger of burning. You just have to cook it breast side up for 30 mins, turn it over for another 30 mins, turn again breast side up and slit the thighs before cooking for another 15 or 20 mins. Delicious.

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