Best Halogen Cooker

Reviews of the Best Halogen Ovens in US and Uk

The Amazing Halogen Oven

Hi, I hope this site will help you decide about these unusual products, without being conned into buying whatever the local store happens to have piled up in stock. You can read the manufacturers own glowing descriptions, then when buying it online, you find it just isn’t what was promised. Its no good after you’ve bought a lemon, Googling it online at forums and finding hundreds of posts complaining about the same thing. So I decided to do some real research into Halogen Ovens and give you my findings… which is the best value Halogen Oven? I have compiled my findings on the review pages:-

When I got my first Halogen Light powered Cooker I was very sceptical about the performance a machine that cost so little against my trusty Gas oven which had served so well over years and years of cooking.

Believe! these little units are extraordinary

  • Save money
  • Save time
  • Save time cleaning afterwards
  • Get the very best results every time with very little effort
layout of a halogen cooker

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Halogen ovens have been available in most countries now for a long time, offering a big reduction in cooking time, usually by up to 60 percent and cooking delicious foods every time. Due to their energy efficiency, people can end up spending less whenever they use halogen ovens, which makes them an excellent investment that is also very inexpensive, too. Halogen ovens are popular due to their ability to cook simple, healthy snacks and desserts that have a great taste, so if you are seeking new recipes that you can try, here are a three that you will definitely enjoy.

Ham and Cheese Toasties

If you want to enjoy a quick, easy and delicious snack, these ham and cheese toasties will definitely be appealing to you. To prepare them, you only need eight thin slices of cheddar cheese, eight slices of honey roast ham (trimmed to fit the size of the bread slice), butter to spread on the bread, eight thick slices of freshly-baked white bread and two teaspoons of English mustard.
Preparation: put butter on one side of each bread slice right up to the edges, and place on a large silicon mat butter side down spreading right to the edges. Put a slice of ham right on the side where you have not applied butter, followed by mustard and, in the end, a slice of cheddar cheese. Put another slice of bread on top, with the buttered side up.
Go through the same process until you have four toasties. Place them in the halogen oven and cook them at 250 degrees Celsius until they become very slightly brown. Turn them over and continue to grill them until they get slightly brown on the other side, as well. When they are done, turn the halogen over off, cut the toasties diagonally and serve them along with chopped cabbage, sprinkle of grinded carrot on top salt and, if you want, a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Roasted Vegetables

If you are a veggie and want to cook a healthy meal rapidly, this roasted vegetables recipe will be surely a great and tasty option for you. To prepare this recipe, you will need sea salt, two quartered white onions, three quartered large chestnut mushrooms, one courgette (sliced at an angle), ten cloves of garlic left whole with skin on, one red, green, yellow and orange pepper (deseeded and thickly sliced), one teaspoon of mixed herbs, two tablespoons of olive oil, twelve cherry tomatoes on the vine, four small new potatoes (skins scrubbed and unpeeled) and black pepper to taste.
Preparation: place all vegetables in a large round deep roasting dish, along with olive oil, sprinkle them with the mixed herbs and add season to taste. Place the dish in the halogen oven, set the temperature to 210 degrees Celsius and the timer to 35 minutes. To prevent roasting the vegetables too much, be sure to sprinkle them with boiled water, as this will enable them to cook beautifully. You can serve them with your favorite dressing or, why not, with a handful of chia or quinoa seeds.

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

Peanut butter can be used for a wide array of purposes, being a versatile ingredient that can contribute to preparing both healthy and delicious snacks. To prepare this recipe, you need one teaspoon of baking soda, quarter coup of sour cream, four bananas, 1 and 1/2 cups flour, a quarter cup of peanut butter, an egg, quarter cup of walnuts, 3/4 cup of butter, half a teaspoon of vanilla, one cup of sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and allspice.
Preparation: melt the butter, mash the bananas and beat an egg into a bowl. Add a mixture of vanilla, sugar and a dash of salt, and chop the walnuts. Add the baking soda, peanut butter, cream, allspice and a dash of cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together, then add the flour slowly, only quarter cup at a time, mixing constantly. Place everything in the halogen oven, set the temperature to 210 degrees Celsius and the timer to 20 minutes. If you notice that the bread is not properly cooked, you can turn it over and restart the halogen oven.
When it is done, leave it to cool at least twenty minutes, then slice it as desired and enjoy it!

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For those who love cooking as much as I do,  unless you live on another planet,you probably have heard by now about  halogen ovens. Yes, it has become one of the best selling kitchen gadgets right now , for every individual who loves convenient cooking. This is a wonderful kitchen appliance that produces loads of heat. When you turn it on, you will see a ring of light in its lid. This light comes from an inert halogen gas that is stored inside a glass tube. It’s so powerful that is able to create instant, strong heat. No waiting for the conventional oven to warm up. If you have a halogen oven at home, you will realize how easy cooking can be. It’s smaller than a conventional oven, but it functions like one. It also acts like a turbo-charged grill. You can basically do roasting, grilling, baking and other forms of cooking using this revolutionary countertop unit.

 

What Types of Food Can You Cook In a Halogen Oven

Surprisingly, you have lots of simple recipes that you can use while cooking with a halogen oven. You can cook meat, poultry, and vegetables very simply and conveniently. You can even bake bread,  tarts cook well, and prepare many types of  desserts. Any of these you can do in about 15 to 60 minutes. Here  are some simple example recipes. Continue reading

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The kitchen gadgets keep mounting up, fighting for space on the countertop. Which do I use the most, which is the most versatile?  Can I do without one?

The Microwave Pros and Cons

The microwave has been around since its invention shortly after the second world war and cooks by producing the short wavelength radio waves  , which were found to make the molecules of high water  content of the food  vibrate faster and therefore heat up. It is very  successful  and quick in most cases, in fact a whole industry of pre packed foods and complete meals has grown up aimed at the microwave owning family.

It is however limited. Although it will cook a chicken adequately, visually you wouldn’t want to eat it! It doesn’t brown the food or crisp it at all, making bacon, sausage, chicken look uncooked.  Sausage in particular can be a problem, if you overcook even slightly, it turns into an inedible rubber tube!

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Britain and most of Europe is in the grip of rapidly rising energy costs and ever increasing food prices. Make sure you make the wise decision when it comes to feeding the family.

The Halogen Oven will :

  • Use less Electricity than any other cooking method
  • Cook faster than any other method – saving even more fuel
  • Cuts wasted fuel heating the kitchen- saving even more fuel
  • Cuts wasted fuel pre heating the oven- saving even more fuel
  • Always uses the timer- prevents accidental over cooking- saves more fuel-saves on wasted food
  • temperature control is extremely accurate – no wasted fuel
  • reheat your leftovers perfectly, making tasty and cheap meals- saving money on food bills  too
  • Over a year it will make a VERY  significant difference to your cooking bills

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Much of the popular press love to bring us new diets, things change rapidly, new research has given some insight into why we act as we do  .  One thing is for sure, as everyone is well aware, there are many more obese people around today than there were a few years ago, it is going to be a major problem as these people get older. Using the Halogen oven to its full potential is just one tool to use when planning a better diet. You can easily produce tasty meals with less fat but with a good range of fresh produce, prepared quickly to maximise the goodness and prevent that ” i’ll just buy some ready meals” laziness from setting in!

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The Halogen cooker is very versatile, it is also very portable. This year I took it camping!  We had an electric hook up and it proved to be perfect in the tent. I have always been all too aware that cooking in a  tent with the usual gas canister type cooker can be hazardous. I remember too my Dads old parafin stove, that was positively lethal !.

Compared to a simple camping gas stove, the Halogen oven was so versatile, complete and varied menus more or less the same as at home, depending of course on whether I could buy what I needed, in the local shop.

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I am constantly reminded of the throw away culture we live in. My Son recently fetched me some shopping , which included a new washing up bowl. The bowl he purchased is so flimsy it is actually impossible to pick it up , full of water, without it cracking round the rim at the top! Ok it was less expensive than the trip to the Supermarket but it isn’t fit for its purpose…

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Cook from Frozen with the Halogen Oven?  I can hear all those professional cooks squirming and with good reason. If you’ve ever produced a dish still frozen in the middle, after the proper cooking time, you will know how difficult it is to judge with a microwave. I’ve even had it served up in a fancy French restaurant. Oh  the fuss that caused !

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Whether it was Oscar Wilde or George Bernard Shaw who said something like ” two countries divided by a common language”  is certainly true for these Halogen Ovens . On Amazon USA and other American seller websites they are described as Halogen Infrared Oven or Infrared Convection Oven or even all three terms together Halogen Infrared Convection Cooker, on the Amazon UK site its just plain Halogen Oven. Over in Australasia its different again! Our humble Halogen is called a Turbo Oven.

Well whatever its name, put one on your countertop ( kitchen worksurface ) and get some hash browns , bacon and eggs cooked, now is that eggs “over easy”or”sunny side up”?

 

Here are some great and quick examples of the countertop, Halogen Infrared Convection Oven in action, cooking fries ( chips ) chicken stir fry vegetables and pancakes

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In his article in the Independent Newspaper, cookery author and critic Robert Ehrlich recently ( Oct 2010 ) wrote about Halogen Ovens entitled  “How I fell in love with halogen ovens”

In it he notes that men in particular are drawn to innovative gadgets, especially if it can be put in the “useful” category. The Halogen Oven not only is very practical, it fits the category , it will save time and can be used , as he does, every day. In fact he describes it as a godsend. Continue reading

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Tessa Cunningham recently wrote in the Daily Mail an article on the Halogen Oven” They roast a chicken in 30 minutes, clean themselves and cost just £40. We give halogen ovens a grilling”

The main points raised in the article are the growing popularity of these innovative units designed to go on your worktop and are capable of doing everything that your expensive built in cooker can do , but at less cost fuel wise and much quicker. Originally introduced on the tv shopping channels, they are now very much more popular and internet chat rooms are frequently discussing cooking with them.

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What to get for a Christmas present for the nearest and dearest? Be original this year, the Halogen Oven is an ideal gift and once the lucky recipient realises just how convenient, efficient and quick it is for everyday cooking, it won’t be one of those gifts that end up in the loft, it will be used every single day.

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Very efficient and great results every time

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If you have never seen one in action, here goes…

The lid has a stand ( except the cookers with integral hinged lids ) make sure you have it placed on the work surface ready, when the cooker is hot it is essential to have the stand ready. Also be careful with the hot lid, this is when damage to the lamp can occur, always be gentle placing the lid down on the stand or back on the cooker.

Load the cooker 

These ovens are supplied with wire racks. The food is cooked by circulating hot air, so you must ensure that the air can reach the underside. In practice some foods may need to be turned during cooking, to ensure good results. Use a low wire rack for cooking, baking, re heating and roasting, use the higher rack for grilling.

 

Set up the temperature and the time

It really couldn’t be simpler. Treat cookery books as guides only, you will soon be able to adjust normal recipes for the Halogen cooker. There are plenty of tips on this site for cooking different dishes.

US-Morningware1-450Here is the lamp and fan at work circulating the hot air around the bowl.

Notice the Thaw/Wash setting, the heat and fan are used to create waves that wash the dish clean after use…. now that takes some beating!

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UK Winner – Andrew James

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