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To preheat, or not to preheat

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To preheat, or not to preheat

Post  kwakwaversal on 15.01.12 21:42

After reading lots about halogen ovens and some of the recipes on here, I have one question regarding preheating.

Many recipes tell you to preheat the HO, then cook whatever you're cooking. Yet on all the infomercials (I hate that word) one of the benefits of the HO is that you don't need to preheat. The heat is pretty much instant.

Now considering lots of the recipes on here say that you should preheat the HO, was I just being drawn in by the hype?


Thanks (and thanks to anyone who's submitted a recipe - very useful!)

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Re: To preheat, or not to preheat

Post  junie on 15.01.12 23:11

Hi kwakwaversal

Denser items like pies and baking really do need preheating - faster type items that you would normally grill don't nor do roasts that take longer anyway.

And , yes, there is a lot of hype !!!

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Post  kwakwaversal on 16.01.12 22:45

junie wrote:Denser items like pies and baking really do need preheating - faster type items that you would normally grill don't nor do roasts that take longer anyway.

Thanks very much Junie, you've succinctly allowed me to know when to preheat, and when not to.

Can't wait for my HO to turn up. I know it's just an efficient oven, but I'm looking forward to the time when I don't feel guilty for just shoving 4 fish fingers in it! Smile

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Post  junie on 16.01.12 23:25

you\'re welcome

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Re: To preheat, or not to preheat

Post  jimschick on 14.02.12 16:48

sunny As the normal oven takes at least 10 minutes to heat up I guess it makes sense not to bother to preheat with the HO. In the past I have put my soaked terracotta pots in a cold oven then turned up to the highest point for half an hour or so. Then gradually over a period of about 2 and half hours I have turned the temperature down.
Therefore I'm delighted with my HO not having to soak, watch and deal with the cooking over a period of approximately 2 and a half hours!!! I know my chicken cooks perfectly in the HO for just one hour and I sincerely trust my lamb, pork and beef turn out as lovely.

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Re: To preheat, or not to preheat

Post  junie on 14.02.12 17:56

Hi jimschick

I was given one of those terracotta pots as a wedding present nearly 30 years ago - it's still in it's box in the loft - I wonder why, lol!

I love my HO roasts as you will too - I just wish the HO's had been about all those years ago Very Happy

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