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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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11 Responses to How to use a Halogen Cooker

  • Richard says:

    I’m cooking a roast chicken today for the first time. As it is the first time I’m just doing sprouts and roast potatoes with the chicken. Do you have any advice on wether I should put them all in at the same time or start with the chicken and add the veg later? Any advice is welcome.

    • Jennifer says:

      A little experimentation will be needed to fully get to know your halogen. Although the power and size of different brands are very similar its amazing how different each model can be in practice. My own halogen oven produces the best results with Chicken and vegetables , when the chicken is cut in half, turn every 20 mins, try not to drip the juices onto the veg below and carefully view the juices for colour or monitor with a meat thermometer to make sure its cooked through. You can use the extender ring especially if you have a big bird, it will make the cooking time much longer, but prevents splatter in the element area and avoids overcooking the top. When turning the meat, place it off centre on its rack, then turn the bowl a third of a turn each time, this prevents any problem with hot spots! By noting the cooking time carefully you will quickly build up your own sheet of perfect cooking instructions for different dishes.

  • R.W.Rose says:

    Nice to have some use info, one thing I`d like to know is the noise level when cooking, no one seems to give this.

    • Jennifer says:

      I can say that my own appliance, the Andrew James unit is quiet in use, it wouldn’t annoy anyone. My friend, who first introduced me to these marvels bought a cheaper supermarket model and although you can hear it when the fan starts, I wouldn’t say it was obtrusive, in fact their kitchen is open plan with the dining room / lounge and they happily watch TV when its in use.

  • Phoebe says:

    Cannot get used to mine, cakes over cooked on top ,raw in middle, pastry overcooked on top, uncooked on bottom,. Cannot turn all items over to ensure cooking on the bottom, such as marangue which I tried this week. Things on top rack seem ok but have to be turned frequently. Finding it very difficult to adapt normal everyday meals to Halogen, for timing, temperature, and placement in the halogen oven. Wish I and never bought one!

    • admin says:

      I’ve heard this comment a few times, but just use the extended ring, it takes the heat source a little further away, reducing the overcooking on top, you may have to extend the time a little. Persevere! its worth it for the superb results the Halogen Cooker is capable of. Note that a lot of the hype including the manufacturers own descriptions, are often a bit too concerned about reducing the cooking time. Using the extender ring, my own cooking results have improved a lot, ok it takes 5 minutes more…

  • Moorea MacKenzie says:

    We tried ours for the first time last night and although the chicken was cooked ok the potatoes and carrots which we added after the first 20 minutes were hard, dry and wrinkled. What did we do wrong? Not awfully impressed so far!

  • sue says:

    Hi just cooked whole chicken and veg or 1and half hrs chicken was cooked enough but veg really crunchy I’m going to persiveer and get it right

  • angela says:

    Sue I just used mine for the first time…Chicken perfect but veg the same as yours, let me know if you figure it out :)

  • John says:

    It’s crazy how more people haven’t caught on to halogen ovens isn’t it? Great website though, lots of tips for halogen oven users. It’d be great if there were more recipes that utilise the whole halogen oven, like big dishes.

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