Take care of your element
If you have the type of Halogen cooker with a lid that needs to be taken completely off and you are not very confident about lifting it gently and placing on the somewhat flimsy lid-stands provided, especially as they are prone to go skidding around the worktop, a handy hint – use the grill tray rack from your ordinary cooker!
Cleaning the Lid
The Lid tends to get the worst of the stuck on grease as it is right next to the element which can bake it on. Whenever you take off the lid , give it a wipe with a wet cloth, this is enough to reduce the problem to manageable levels. When you consider cleaning a conventional oven though, with the chemicals… it makes the halogen lid look easy!
Before Buying a Halogen Cooker consider the Height of the unit on your worktop, make sure you can lift off the lid under your kitchen cabinets. Most of the cookers we reviewed were around 25 cm tall , but you need to get the lid off easily, especially when its hot.
For Newbies to Halogen Cooking
If you are completely new to the Halogen oven, here is a very useful guide to cooking times and settings, good to print out and keep until you get used to the unit: GUIDE
For Experienced Users – Extending Element Life
Always use the extender ring. Although not always provided, the ring is a great accessory and well worth buying. The extra height will help protect the halogen bulb from cooking splatter. It is often very difficult to clean, so it’s a great tip, for more consistent results. You may have to slightly increase the cooking time , but since these ovens are so efficient it is still worth doing as it may extend the elements life long term.
To prevent excessive heat when reheating ready meals or preventing overcooking the top of a chicken, using the extender ring reduces the heat from directly above the food and gives much better results
Use a tray
For virtually all cooking in the Halogen Oven you can use a circular cooking tray lined with silver foil . If it’s the only dish being cooked at that time , its best placed on the lower wire stand, rather than putting food in the bottom of the glass bowl. This allows the hot air to circulate under the cooking tray, avoiding the need to turn the food over halfway, for most foods ( with a whole chicken it is still better to turn , starting upside down ) and almost completely avoids having to clean the glass bowl. For example when cooking a chicken or joint in the cooking tray all the fat remains in the tray, hence reducing the mess on the bowl. The Halogen is probably the most healthy way to cook meat and chicken, the results are first class and the percentage of remaining fat in the food after cooking is the lowest.
Have a look at our Recipe section for some great meal ideas, some are soooooooooo simple and quick! Also in the sidebar, on all Recipe pages are a list of recommended Cook Books in both paperback and Kindle version
When you have finished cooking bacon, take the food out immediately, I have noticed that if you leave it in even a few seconds too long after heating, you lose that wonderful crispness, it will go soft very quickly if delayed.