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The Amazing Halogen Oven

2019 Update.

 

Hi, I hope this site (now in its seventh year) 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
 
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Chef Tony shows off the Fagor Halogen Oven.

The halogen oven is as cheap as a  microwave oven, but cooks like a conventional oven, browning meat perfectly. It is also as quick as a  microwave but doesn’t suffer with cold spots , the heat is distributed very evenly.  It will also cook straight out of the freezer! No thawing necessary. Plus there is no pre-heating like your gas oven, it reaches top temperature almost instantly.

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Advantages of the Halogen Oven in Safe Cooking and some food preparation and storage tips

I don’t want this to sound like a lecture, but if you have a few of these major points in your head, you can easily avoid any danger from bacteria. Under certain conditions they can multiply rapidly and become a hazard.  Take a few tips from the professionals and look after your family or party … Read moreAdvantages of the Halogen Oven in Safe Cooking and some food preparation and storage tips

Why I Love my Halogen Oven

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.

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Halogen Verses Microwave Which is best

 

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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Beat the Rising Energy Bills

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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Eating Habits and Long Term Health

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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Holidays and the Halogen Oven

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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Shoddy Goods

Good Value Products

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

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 !

The Halogen Cooker though is very very good at circulating the hot air,

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Halogen or Infrared Convection Oven?

The phrase ” two countries divided by a common language”, often attributed to George Bernard Shaw,  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 … Read moreHalogen or Infrared Convection Oven?

Halogen Oven Article in the Independent Newspaper

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.

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Tessa Cunningham Halogen Article in the Daily Mail

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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Ideal Christmas Present is a Halogen Oven

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.

send a Halogen Oven to a friend this Christmas
Very efficient and great results every time

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Find Out Which Halogen Cooker was Top Rated in Review

Our Review pages give the findings of our tests, in which we examined the products for quality and features rating on…

  • Value
  • Performance
  • Included extras
  • Potential Problems

We gave the full specifications when available ( there were some differences noticed between the sellers spec and the manufacturers data)

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