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GUIDE TO COUNTER TOP AND HALOGEN OVENS

I compiled this Guide to Halogen Ovens together to help you to decide if it's the cooking method that will best fit your needs.

A Halogen Oven is just like a normal oven in that you'd always put the food in a container, or a bowl, and you'd always use a shelf. Halogen ovens work by circulating the hot air past the food, so the hot air needs to be able to get underneath your food, which is why using a wire rack is essential. If you don't use a rack in your Halogen Oven then the underside of your food probably won't cook.

Halogen ovens are usually supplied with two wire racks. Use the low rack for your re baking and roasting and the higher rack for grilling food.

DISHES TO USE IN YOUR HALOGEN OVEN

You must use proper cooking dishes in a Halogen Oven - it isn't like a microwave, where you can use plastic. Plastic will melt in a Halogen Oven.

Pyrex and metal dishes are best to use, but if you're just heating up a ready-meal then ensure that the dish it is supplied with is suitable for an oven - obviously, the easy way to do this is to read the heating instructions on the packet. If the heating instructions say you must remove the contents from the package and put them in an oven-proof dish, then this instruction will also apply to your Halogen Oven.

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HALOGEN OVEN LIDS

The lid of the Halogen Oven contains all the electrical power and fixtures. It is very heavy and gets hot.

There are three types of Halogen Oven lid:

  1. A hinged lid that stays in place when you raise it
  2. A lid that slots into a groove on the unit, so you lift it off then rest it in the groove/
  3. A loose lid that needs to be put down on your worktop when you remove it..

Which type of lid works best for you will be personal choice and depends on the space you have available. Table top ovens with a hinged lid are the more practical for most people though.

A hinged lid that stays in place might be safest for the elderly or disabled, or those with limited space, but you do need to think about how much space you need around and above your Halogen oven. Halogen ovens are large and you need to ensure there is enough space above the oven for the lid to open fully. This type is therefore best used on a worktop that has no cupboards above it.

A Halogen oven that has a groove to hold the lid will also need good clearance above the oven.

The lids of most Halogen Ovens will simply lift off, you then need to find a place to put it down - remember it's still plugged in at the wall. The lid contains the heating element so is very hot. You can buy a lid holder, which would sit beside your Halogen Oven, so you need to have enough space to the side to be able to place this and still have enough room left to work. If your kitchen has granite worktops, you might be able to place the lid down without damaging it. Alternatively, you could try using a trivet or a standard wire cooling tray, or some other worktop protector. Just buying a table top oven with a hinged lid removes these problems.

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HALOGEN OVEN WEIGHT

Halogen Ovens can be quite heavy for many people. You should check any model you plan on buying to see h ow much it weighs, especially if you're buying it as a present for somebody else.  For the weak, elderly and disabled, the weight can cause a problem.

Simply washing a heavy glass bowl can be tricky if you want to wash it more thoroughly than the self-cleaning cycle manages.  People will  often run their glass bowl through the dishwasher, but if it will be washed in the sink it can cause problems with weight and size in a smaller sink. 

The lid contains all the electrical system of the Halogen Oven; throughout the cooking process the lid does need to be lifted off a few times and placed down carefully as it is hot. Some people will find this awkward.

Many Halogen Ovens weigh 9Kg/20 pounds or more.Check the weight of yours.

CLEANING A HALOGEN OVEN

Halogen ovens are promoted as being self-cleaning - and they are, but most owners don't rely just on the self-cleaning cycle, but will want to give it an extra rub or scrub, especially after cooking full roasts in it.  A Halogen oven can get mucky and baked in over time.

Always wait for the glass bowl to cool down before you put water in it to clean it, if you pour cold water into a h ot glass dish, the glass dish will shatter.

About 2" of water should be enough to clean a Halogen oven, if you use more then you might find that it spills over while it's cleaning.

The glass bowl can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Many people will use the self-cleaning cycle most of the time and pop it into the dishwasher every now and again to give it an extra thorough cleaning.

Once a Halogen Oven has self-cleaned for 10 minutes, you might like to give it a good scrub down before you empty out the water.

The lid of your oven can be prone to being stained from splashes from your food as it cooks. Cleaning the lid is something you will need to give attention to, but how you clean it will depend on the actual model you have and how it fits together.

The lid of your Halogen Oven contains the electrical and working mechanism of the oven, it's the source of the heat, so just be careful when you clean this part. DO NOT immerse it in water as the top fo your Halogen Oven is an electrical item and you'll ruin it.

Most normal oven cleaning methods and products will get it clean, e.g. Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner. Try to wipe the lid down quite quickly with a damp cloth each time you use the oven so there's no build up.

Be sure, at least, to give the lid a good wipe over once you have finished using it, to avoid any burn marks building up.

With some Halogen ovens, you can unscrew the heating unit in the lid and remove the glass part to wash this bit in the dishwasher.

OPERATING YOUR HALOGEN OVEN

You'll need space for a Halogen oven to stand, as well as space to be able to either lift up the l id, or place the lid down to one side.  As the oven is cooking food, it does need to be somewhere it can't be knocked over.

Whilst running, Halogen Ovens emit a bright light, this produces a lot of glare. During the cooking process you'll find the light will go on/off as it reaches temperature, this is normal.

The fan that moves the air around the Halogen Oven to cook the food can be noisy.

EXTRAS AND ACCESSORIES

When you buy your Halogen Oven, look carefully at what extras you get with it. There are extras and accessories packs you can buy that will make your Halogen Oven even more useful.

  • Baking Trays: Get yourself a couple of round cake tins, these are the same shape as your oven, so will fit better and can be used as a pan. Also, get a small, round Pyrex type dish as they are very handy for cooking things in and are usually easy to lift out with the tongs that will come with your Halogen Oven.
  • Temperature Probe: When cooking meat, some people have reported that the Halogen Oven didn't cook it right the way through and on their first attempt they had to chuck their chicken in the bin as it was bloody. A temperature probe, which you can purchase online or at a local cooking shop, might prove to be a worthwhile investment - simply poke the probe in to your meat and you can instantly see if it's cooked all the way through. Alternatively, you can just be aware that you need to double check your meat before you serve it up.
  • Extension Ring: If you buy one an extension ring, it sits on top of the glass bowl, then the lid fits on top of the extension. This makes the sides higher, enabling you to cook more food, for example a large Xmas turkey.
  • Steamer: This accessory will enable you to steam fish and vegetables.
  • Frying Pan: Place the frying pan accessory on the high wire rack and with just a tiny amount of oil you can use your Halogen Oven like a frying pan. Some people have even had success cooking fried eggs.
  • Toast Rack: If you want to use your Halogen Oven to make a lot of toast, then this will come in handy, although many people do report that toasting bread in a Halogen Oven doesn't make it brown, it just makes it crispy.

BENEFITS OF USING A HALOGEN OVEN

  • Food cooks quicker than in a conventional oven.
  • A Halogen Oven will use less electricity to run than a conventional oven, resulting in lower electricity bills. This saving comes from three features: there's less wasted space being heated up, there's no heating up time, food cooks quicker.
  • Because your food is cooking in a glass bowl you can see what's going on and keep a closer eye on when your food is cooked.
  • A Halogen Oven produces less smoke than a conventional oven
  • Food retains more of its natural juices and taste.
  • You can open up your Halogen Oven to move food around without losing heat.
  • You don't have to bend down to get food out of the oven.
  • A Halogen Oven doesn't give off heat like a conventional oven would do, making it ideal for cooking in the summer or cooking in confined spaces.
  • Halogen Ovens are portable, so handy to take with you to provide an additional oven at large family gatherings or to take on a self-catering holiday so you don't have to fiddle with a new oven. They're great for students, especially if they're having to share a messy kitchen with other students. Motorhome owners find a Halogen Oven is ideal. If you're having your kitchen refitted then why not think about using a Halogen Oven while you have no kitchen.
  • Halogen Ovens come in a few sizes, smaller units are perfect for cooking for one or two; it's quicker and easier to use a Halogen Oven than heating up (and waiting for) a whole big oven just to heat up one or two small items.
  • A Halogen Oven is easier and quicker to clean than a conventional oven.

REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR A HALOGEN OVEN

A number of people report that they needed replacement halogen bulbs, heating elements or even the glass bowl for their Halogen Oven. A number of people manage to break theirs glass bowl either by dropping it, pouring cold water into it when it was hot, or reporting that the glass bowl had a crack.

Others have found that their Halogen Oven lid shattered. If you're buying a small Halogen Oven (3.5 Litre) then finding a replacement glass bowl might be a little harder to track down than trying to find one for the more popular/larger sizes.

Spare feet for a counter top oven are also something you probably didn't even think of - if you treat your oven roughly then, over time, one of the feet could become loose or broken, so you'll be looking for spare feet for your counter top oven after a couple of years if you don't treat it with a bit of respect.

Ebay is a great place to source spare parts for your Halogen Oven, or through an online oven parts supplier. Some Halogen Oven parts cannot be replaced as the cost of the replacement part doesn't make economic sense. and you might as well buy a new one.

Owners of Halogen Ovens do seem to be looking for new parts more often than owners of microwave ovens, but that could just be because a microwave has less parts the owner can break.

People seem to be divided on how good halogen ovens are. Half say they couldn't live without theirs, whereas others gave them just a few tires before packing them away in the cupboard.

Chef Gordon Ramsay Recommendation:

If you are a fan of Chef Gordon Ramsay and watched his TV programme Kitchen Nightmares for Levanti's Restaurant in Beaver, Colorado, he completely replaced their kitchen.

During his overview of the equipment he'd had installed he showed a Blodgett Convection Oven - and introduced the Blodgett range of ovens as the "Rolls Royce of Ovens" - and was clearly very impressed with these for commercial kitchens.

If you are having a kitchen makeover, it's worthwhile considering a full-sized convection oven as part of your refit!

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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Good information, earner. I fancy one of these myself.


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Carmen Borthwick 6 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Hi Earner, I have heard of these, but knew little about them so thanks! Unfortunately I have precious little counter space... what I would give for a big kitchen!


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KeithTax 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I never heard of this before, but am fascinated. I'm giving this a try.


Marie 6 years ago

I would like information on the tips on cooking a 3.5 lb roast in my new InfraChef Oven. Your information is the only one that actually has given a lot of tips for new owners. Thanks

RM


Debbie 6 years ago

I just got a Flavor Wave and successfully made pork chops, I think this just may be the next best kitchen toy I've bought since my Showtime Rotisserie. The info on this site was very informative. Like anything new, it takes a bit getting used to.


Sandra 6 years ago

Hi, can you tell me if anyone sells an 11 litre black halogen oven, can only find it in white, although I have seen it in black so know that it is out there, somewhere. Thanks.


mona 6 years ago

nuwave sells in black


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Canklefish 6 years ago from East Coast

This is an amazingly informative hub. Good stuff!


Antonio 6 years ago

I just bought a Secura oven and used it once succesfully. Really liked it!

The only problem is that I was not careful when placing down the hot lid and I believe that I ruined it!

I live in Brazil and I bought the oven when I was traveling in the US.

Do you know what the problem is and how I may solve it? Everything looks just fine and the oven actually lights up, but after a few seconds the vent does not start and the oven goes of.


Janetz  6 years ago

Thanks for this helpful info...I''m a new user of halogen oven and just today, in a hurry to bake my apple pie (and carelessly), I poured cold water (to clean it right after roasting something) into the very hot bowl and yes the dish cracked! Can I still use it? and is it still safe? the crack is about 4 inches. Thanks a lot!


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

No, your broken halogen oven bowl is not safe. Once a crack's appeared in a glass bowl, it can randomly spread ... the bowl could randomly fall apart during cooking, or while you're carrying it.

You should contact the halogen oven suppliers and find out how much a new one is - and/or look on ebay for halogen oven spares.


Tom 6 years ago

Hi everyone!!


colette ziemer 6 years ago

I just heard of the Infra halogen oven and I had to have one I cooked the best whole chicken the other day it was sooo juicy that was the best chicken I have ever had.... I swear by this product I bevieve evryone should have one they are awsome!!!!!!!!


Jim 5 years ago

The lamps don't last very long and can't be replaced.

So they are only good while they are working


Dani 5 years ago

I second what Jim said, I was given one of these for Christmas last year and a couple of days ago it just stopped working. I presume the problem is with the bulb or the element, it was while I was looking for a replacement I ended up on the page, it appears you can't buy spares which means it could end up quite costly having to buy a new one every year!

Someone hasn't thought about the potential of earning extra money by selling spare parts!


james B 5 years ago

I used my oven for 2 month then the halogen got busted. Until now I couldn't find any replacement... The Oven keeps for a year now.


Tone 5 years ago

Brought a halogen oven, a 7 litre one, but the plastic stand it sits on is broken, anyone know where to buy a replacement?


jude 5 years ago

hi, i just bought one, plugged it in and the lights do not come on. am i missing something? what do i need to do to make it work?


jude 5 years ago

never mind, all sorted :0) handle just needed to be clicked into place ....


Mary 5 years ago

Antonio, you've probably damaged the bulb. Halogen bulbs of any type are quite delicate, and if you put the lid down a bit hard, you may have broken the bulb. If it's still under warranty, see if you can get it replaced.

For anyone wanting replacement parts, lids, etc in the UK, I found this company very good (I'm not associated with them in any way, other than as a customer) - their accessories are generally cheaper than anywhere else I've found, and they also sell the smaller ovens:

http://www.aspect-two.com/c-kto/


colleen 5 years ago

have used the Infra chef a total of 2 times , since I bought it. Tried to use it last night and the fan stopped working. the light and timer work, the fan just will not come on. any suggestions? The owners manual is at my other apartment, and I cant find a troubleshoot/ or owners manual for it online.

Any feedback appreciated.


SAMcClellan 5 years ago

Thanks for this hub!..I think it must be the only place online, that gives useful info on these halogen convection ovens. I see ads on TV, but no place seems to say how they are using these, specifically...and how to convert reg recipes for the ones which will work in these.


sylvia 5 years ago

Can I buy replacment halogen heating element in Australia? if so where?

I bought my 1st glass convection oven years ago when they 1st came on the market that one doesn't have a halogen element and it still works.It must be 15 years old. Then I got a Flavourwave about 2 years ago had it replaced 11months later and the replacement failed 6 months on. I really think that the Halogen elements on both those units blew, I have just bought another one Sheffield brand because they are a great little oven, everything claimed about them is true.But I want to find replacement elements or I will be looking for one without a halogen element....


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

ebay is often a good place to look for for replacement parts, and replacement halogen heating elements, so I'd look on ebay Australia.


Dr Michael J Brennan 5 years ago

I'm an environmental energy consultant and have worked with the desktop ovens for years. The halogen/infrared heating elements only have a life of about 750 hours. They are difficult to source as a replacement item. The conventional [stove] elements are far less cost efficient in power use but last for years. In association with a company in Korea I have been undertaking research using nanocarbon elements. These are better cookers than either halogen or conventional and used about 30% of the power due to the almost instant heating. Currently unavailable commercially, but I understand will be on the market in the next year. It is a one for one replacement and only takes about 5 minutes. The nanocarbon elements have a life of about 5000 hours which makes them relatively cheap compared to the halogen.


Patrice 5 years ago

Hi I can relate to the fan not working. I have an infrachef halogen oven and after 2 mths the fan stopped while the light still works. If I tap it hard it comes on for a while and then stops again. Rarely it comes on and does not stop. Is this a known manufacturers fault or something? How can it be fixed.


margaret 5 years ago

looking for a dish as i smash mine .like to buy one how much will it cost and where from ?


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

If you have broken your halogen oven glass dish then eBay would be a good place to start, in my opinion. If you sort the results into distance order, you might even find a local supplier who will let you pick one up asap.

Good luck


missy 5 years ago

We have one with a hinged lid and they are superb, cut the cost of electricity and food comes out wonderful never use the big oven now.


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

A Halogen oven with a hinged lid sounds like a great solution for a lot of people - as you don't have to buy a lid rest, but it will give the less able people an obstacle to negotiate when removing food from their Halogen oven. I think I'm too clumsy for that :)


judi 5 years ago

thanks for top info. spent 1 1/2 hrs last night trying to get some. good job!!!


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Dr Rockpile 4 years ago from USA

I've heard of Convection ovens but never Halogen ovens. Interesting hub.


maureen 4 years ago

Hi just got a halagen oven , after reading what as been said i am worried now it wont last me long ,are parts exspencive .


barbara 4 years ago

mine lasted 1 half years just bought new one see how that one goes


robmacky 4 years ago

i bought one of these ovens because my gas oven dont work but these ovens are awesome i recomment them to anyone they are truly fab robert


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earner 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

A lot of people cook Christmas dinner with a halogen oven - it gives them the extra oven capacity they need that day. A halogen oven's also great for emergencies when your oven doesn't work, or even if you're wanting easy cooking on a self-catering holiday because it's just one little box to slip into the car and it takes up virtually no space.

Spares for halogen ovens are usually easy to find on ebay these days too!


4 years ago

HI Folks

How much faster are these halogen ovens in cooking a roast ? Eg if normal is 1 hour ?

Ta

P


Topsy 4 years ago

First time use fan not working, on Halogen CKY19M, it was out of guarantee, I had not used it in the meantime.

So not had the chance to cook with it,I am wondering whether it is a loose wire, or it needs a replacement motor. If the motor has gone I will throw it in the bin where it belongs.


jana 4 years ago

i take mine camping with me, saves on the big stove and we have a full roast while we are there


Nelson 4 years ago

I can't decide between the shaper image super wave oven or the Secura oven. Which is recommmended?


Judy 4 years ago

Where can I buy an extender? My Halogen oven did not come with one and doesn't say where to buy one? Hope someone in Brisbane can help me.


Lita lagera 4 years ago

I was using my oven. It was closed to the end, but I did not hear the ring. Removed my steak. Place another slice and turned the knob back to setting. Noticed the the light did not come out, no sound also, the timer still moving. Is my oven broken?Any suggestion on how to have it back to working condition.


Kelly 4 years ago

Hi there,

Just wondered if you could tell me if it is normal for the halogen light to constantly turn on and off during the entire cooking process?


imbisssnack@aol.com 4 years ago

were can i get a new class bowl for my halogen oven in england please


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earner 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

You can get one on ebay.co.uk


Julie 4 years ago

Hi is it normal for the light in your convection oven to come on and off the whole time you are using it, mine comes on for 15 sec m then of for 5 sec then comes back, the whole time the unit is turned on.


rosemary.boyer@hotmail.co.uk 4 years ago

Am having trouble buying a replacement plastic base stand for my halogen oven. Can i use is without the stand?


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

No you shouldn't use a halogen oven or convection oven without the stand. The glass bowl gets exceedingly hot and it'd burn through your worktop probably the first time you used it!


lacat 3 years ago

trying to find manuals and what ever comes with it ,Ifound one,works great ,but need to know more about it ,somewhere I can d/l and print


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earner 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi lacat

There is a link near the top of the page to some halogen oven recipe books and convection oven recipe books you can download and print.

They are here: http://www.docstoc.com/collection/11971

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