5 Tips to Cooking with Convection

We get questions all the time about what a convection oven does. People are confused and intimidated by it, so let us shed some light on how cooking with convection can make you a better cook!

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Why use convection?

You may think you need special training to use it, but it’s actually really simple.   Convection makes everything better because rather than cooking from the bottom up, it cooks food from the outside in. Convection ovens have fans that constantly circulate the air around your food so that the top, bottom and sides are all experiencing the same temperature. Also, because it constantly introduces fresh hot air, it is more efficient. This means you will not only be able to cook things quicker, but you’ll be able to cook things BETTER!

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Myths about cooking with convection
  1. The first is the fear it that the fan will dry out your food. That would be true if we cooked with the door open, but we don’t. The moisture stays in the oven cavity and is constantly circulated back into your dish, so you will actually lose less moisture than in standard baking.
  2. The second concern is that you will have to adjust all your favorite recipes. Nearly all consumer ovens come with an automatic conversion feature.  This will calculate the appropriate convection temperature for whatever you enter based on your old recipe. It will automatically drop the temperature by a certain percent based on how that oven has tested.   (You can turn this feature off if you prefer manually setting the temperature).   Even if you don’t have this feature, you can just drop your temperature by 30 degrees and you’ll be fine.   If you want to be more precise, you can visit www.convection-calculator.com.

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Types of Convection
  1. Standard convection means that the heat is coming from elements on the bottom, just like your classic oven, and that the fan is circulating the air. Some electric ovens use this method, as do all gas ovens. This will do a great job on roasts, casseroles, and single sheet baking. Where it will struggle is baking multiple racks at the same time.   Because the heat is still coming from the bottom up, you will see different results for the top, middle, and bottom racks.
  2. The second type is true convection. If you hear the term European or True European, it is the same thing.   The difference is that heating elements are added to the fans, so the heat is coming from the back rather than the bottom.   Now you are able to bake on all of your racks and get the same result.

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Tips on Cooking with Convection

Since we have 12 live ovens in the showroom, we are always experimenting with different recipes and cooking methods. This has really helped us learn and given us confidence in what we recommend to our customers. Here are some things our experience has taught us:

  1. We bake absolutely everything on convection and find that the results are always superior to standard thermal oven cooking.
  2. Baking enthusiasts should avoid gas ovens and get true convection electric ovens.   If you prefer to cook with gas, we offer dual fuel ranges that offer gas cooking on top and electric baking in the oven.
  3. The size of the fan means nothing. Don’t assume that a model with a large fan will perform better than one with a smaller fan. The importance is how even the air flow is, not the speed of the air.
  4. Listen to our finicky bakers. When customers love to bake, we avoid trying to recommend a particular model. Instead, we invite them to bring in their favorite recipe and try it in as many of our ovens as they like. No matter how many bakers have taken us up on this challenge, the results are always the same. The top performer is always a Wolf wall oven. If this works with her budget, that is what she’ll select. If she doesn’t want to spend the money on the Wolf, she will select a GE Profile or GE Café convection oven. They are fantastic baking ovens at an affordable price.
  5. Give yourself some credit. If your current oven has a heating element you can see in the bottom (appliance people call these coat hangers) and if you don’t have convection, you have no idea if you are a good baker. Try using convection, and see how great you can be!
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Bountiful Mid-Modern Kitchen Remodel

This mid-modern kitchen remodel truly reflects our clients’ personalities and shows influences from their time living abroad. A happy citrus color scheme and gorgeous natural wood cabinets can’t help but make you smile the minute you walk in!


Range & Hood

A 48″ G.E. Monogram range with 6  brass gas burners and a char-grill makes feeding a crowd easy. The large oven has true European convection for more even baking and a self cleaning feature. The smaller oven is spacious enough to fit a 9X13 pan. All this heat is vented through a strikingly modern Zephyr Trapeze hood.



Refrigerator & Dishwasher

The G.E. Monogram built in 48″ side by side refrigerator/freezer is just what this large family needs to store and organize an endless supply of food and drinks! With dual evaporators it can preserve food longer  and keep refrigerator odors from getting into the freezer. It’s Euro style handles have just the right elegant modern touch.



Our clients tell us that the best decision they made for the kitchen was getting 2 G.E. Monogram dishwashers. Now there is no excuse for their kids to leave a dirty dish in the sink! Better yet, the dishwashers were FREE with the Monogram Sweet Rewards Program for purchasing the range and refrigerator!

















Zephyr Trapeze Hood – CTP-E48BSX
G.E. Monogram 48″ Range – ZDP486NRPSS
G.E. Monogram 48″ Built In Refrigerator – ZISS480DXSS
G.E. Monogram 3 Rack Dishwasher – ZDT870SSFSS
G.E. Monogram 2 Rack Dishwasher – ZDT800SSFS

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Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography



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Heidi’s Oatmeal Carmelitas:
1 1/4 C. Flour
1 1/4C. Oats
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. melted Butter
1/2 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/4 C. chocolate chips
3/4 C. chopped pecans
Combine flour, oats, sugar, soda, salt, and melted butter. Press half of the crumb mixture into bottom of 13×9″ baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 11/4 C. chocolate chips, (or more if you desire), and 3/4 C. chopped pecans, (or more if desired). Drizzle carmel sauce back and forth over chips and pecans to cover. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Return to oven and bake 15 to 20 min. until golden brown. Cool down a bit and chill 1 to 2 hours if desired. Or just let stand at room temp. till it sets up.
Caramel Sauce:
1 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. Half-n-Half or Heavy Cream
pinch Salt
1 T. real Vanilla
Mix all ingredients, except vanilla, in med. sauce pan on med. or med. high heat  Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 min.til thick. Turn off heat and add vanilla. Serve warm or put in fridge. If sauce is too thin, just keep cooking for a few more min.
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We’re making use of all that zucchini from the garden by baking the best zucchini bread in the convection oven! Demos and samples Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. and Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. Here’s the recipe:

3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBS vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat eggs and add the next 5 ingredients. Mix well and lenin the dry ingredients. Add chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips if desired. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Bake for 1 hour at 325 convection.


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