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I am sure over the years I have had a wide range of kitchen gadgets, some have been one time wonders, other have been brilliant and worth their weight in gold, and I am pleased to this is worth the weight in gold.
=Why did I buy this=
Although we do have a main cooker, I have mobility difficulties, and have to plan in advance if I need something putting in the oven, and then have someone to check the oven, so I decided to invest in this cooker, I had some Amazon vouchers, and only had to put £25 towards it, which it made it very attractive in price.
=What Can I cook=
At first I did just simple things like jacket potato and reheat a frozen casserole, as I didn’t feel very adventurous, and wanted to get the basics first, as my cooker is Gas, and not use to the electric controls. I will say over time my cooking has dramatically improved, and I cook casseroles, and even cooked a Roast chicken, through to scones, and even a cake. The scones were absolutely lush.
=Can I defrost=
There is a defrost function on the machine, which is a great idea, especially if like me you forget to take the meal out of the freezer.
=How does the Halogen Oven Work=
I am not the most technical person, so I am for the working description; the halogen is based on a fan system which enables an even distribution of the heat. The cooking part of the oven is all built into the lid, and this is slightly heavier than it looks, but once you have lifted it once, you can gauge the best way for yourself to lift it.
The cooking bowl, (very technical), is clear so that you can see the food being cooked, which is great when I cook with my daughter, for when we make scones or fairy cakes she can see the transformation process, and it further brings cooking to an exciting level.
You can use the bowl straight away to cook in or you can put your own utensils in, but they need to be round and small enough to fit it.
There is the opportunity to cook two sets of food in the cooker, although I find that the lower layer takes longer, so if I am cooking a casserole and a baked potato, I will put the potato on the top layer. Most of the time, I just use it as a single function.
This is an 11 litre model, and the cooking temperature 100C to 250C, there are tongs included, which I find are great for when you are cooking chicken portions or bacon, as you can grab them easier. It has a high and a low rack, a circular baking tray and a steam tray.
=My Little Moan=
Although there is an instruction leaflet, I would have really liked a mini cookbook, just to give some ideas of getting started, I have since purchased 2 cook books, which are amazing as you only then realise how much choice you have and the full extent of what the oven can do.
The timer, this only has a 60 minute timer, and after 60 minutes the timer cuts the oven off, so you really do need to be there to reset the oven.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this oven; it has a variety of uses for all people, whether you’re a single person, or a small family, or like me find it difficult to bend down to a conventional cooker. We have had this now about 12 months, and it is one of the best investments that I have made.