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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Orem Refined Kitchen Remodel

This crisp, clean kitchen remodel is one of our favorites because of its airy style and efficient use of space. Our clients entertain their family and friends  frequently so the kitchen is a natural extension of the living and dining areas. It also blends beautifully with their outdoor living space!

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Designer Bengt Erlandsson did a wonderful job capturing the look and feel our clients were dreaming of for their kitchen. He even had display shelves built for all the treasures that they have collected from around the world!

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

Cooktop & VENTILATION

When it comes to cooking, the Wolf gas burners on this cooktop are the best you can get. Because of dual gas lines in each burner there is such precise control of temperatures that even the most delicate sauces or candies will not scorch. And on high they put out 20,000 btus which makes for a very quick boil!

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The ventilation for the Wolf cooktop is the Best Cirrus hood. Notice how it is discreetly mounted to the ceiling and does not obstruct our client’s view into the living room. That way she can keep an eye on all her grandkids during their visits!

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Ovens & Refrigerator/FREEZER

A Wolf steam oven and Wolf wall oven are a cooking dream team. They are paired up and installed flush with the cabinets for a sleek modern look. And they’re sitting at just the right height for easy access!

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It’s hard to tell what is a cabinet and what is a refrigerator/freezer when it is integrated with panels on the front. This SubZero 36″ refrigerator column keeps food fresher longer with the perfect temperature, humidity and air purity balance. Leafy greens will stay fresh up to 4 weeks!

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A close view of the integrated SubZero 36″ freezer column shows how seamlessly it blends into the cabinets around it.  This is possible only with a special hinge that allows the doors to open and close with only 1/4 inch of clearance around them.

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

ICE MAKER, Microwave & Dishwasher

A Scotsman nugget icemaker and G.E. Profile microwave with trim kit are positioned just right for maximum convenience.

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

And finally, this panel ready Asko dishwasher is the best at cleaning the dirtiest of dishes. Great design and all the finest appliances make this kitchen a winner!

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

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Photography by: Lindsey Orton.

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Millcreek Modern Kitchen Remodel

A 1980’s home has become a modern masterpiece with this fun modern kitchen remodel! Even though the budget was tight, our client was able to treat herself to the appliances that are most important to her. We love that she has a mix of appliance brands, and yet the style stays consistent. Kitchen designer Jon McGill of Chris and Dick’s Cabinets helped make her dream kitchen a reality!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

 

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Range & Hood

Since our client loves to cook, she splurged on a top of the line dual fuel Wolf range with gas burners and true European convection baking. Now she can bake 3 racks of cookies at once! The ventilation for the range is a Zephyr Luce wall hood with a sleek modern look that fits seamlessly into the kitchen.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Refrigerator

The Samsung 23 cubic foot french door refrigerator has a built in look to blend with the cabinets around it. Its clean modern lines work perfectly with the design. Best of all, it performs like a champ and has a budget friendly price tag!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Dishwasher & Microwave

Dishwashers should be seen and not heard. This ultra quiet Bosch model also has a discreet pocket handle that goes well with any other style of appliances.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Microwaves can be placed under the counter to be tucked out of sight. This Sharp drawer model is a practical addition to the lower cabinets between the sink and refrigerator.

LIST OF MODELS:
Wolf 30″ Dual Fuel Range – DF304
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLUM90AS
Samsung Refrigerator – RF23HCEDBSR
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Sharp Drawer Microwave – SMD2470AS

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

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Park City Showcase Home Kitchen

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We are thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Park City Showcase of Homes by featuring our appliances in beautiful house #16 by Timberidge Custom Homes. It is located in the spectacular Red Ledges community of  Heber City, Utah and has views that will knock your socks off! Come and see us during the showcase this weekend through Labor Day. We’ll be baking cookies and demonstrating the Wolf grill in this showcase home kitchen!

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Mountain modern design

The designer on this project is Tonya Olsen of Barclay Butera and we love the mountain modern feel that she captured so well. The spaces are light and bright with just the right amount of rustic touches to reflect the home’s setting.

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Kitchen Appliances

The star of the kitchen is the Wolf 48″ gas range. The 20,000 BTU gas burners are hot enough to boil water in minutes, yet gentle enough to simmer delicate sauces for hours. Saturday morning pancakes and bacon are a breeze on the built in Wolf griddle. And with two ovens the home chef can prepare meals to easily feed a hungry crowd!

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While it isn’t as exciting to talk about as cooking, good ventilation is critical with a range this powerful. The heat and grease need to be captured and allowed to escape out of the kitchen. This discreet Wolf hood liner is installed into a millwork cover designed and built by Heber Wood Classics. It is quiet and gets the job done!

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A 30″ SubZero refrigerator and a 30″ freezer both disappear behind cabinet panels and blend seamlessly into the kitchen. SubZero is the finest in food preservation, making food stay fresher and last longer.

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

It’s tough to spot the dishwasher since it has a cabinet panel, but it will be even harder to hear it! The Asko dishwasher can keep up with this family because of its 40 gallon per minute water pump and on board water heater. The Wolf drawer microwave is tucked below the sink for easy access and efficient use of space.

 

LIST OF MODELS:
SubZero 30″ Integrated Refrigerator – IC-30R
SubZero 30″ Integrated Freezer – IC-30FI
Wolf 48″ Gas Range – GR486G
Wolf 48″ Hood Liner – PL462218
Asko Dishwasher – D5424XLS
Wolf Drawer Microwave – MD24S
Wolf Ice Maker (in pantry) – UC-151

For more photos of this project visit our Houzz page. 

Photos by Willie Holdman Photographs, Park City Utah

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Zion Summit Kitchen Remodel

This downtown Salt Lake City condo remodel maximizes every inch of the limited space available in the kitchen. Working with designer Bengt Erlandsson, our clients chose to combine several different brands of appliances including Wolf, Samsung and G.E. Profile in a way we haven’t seen before and the results are fantastic! Check out the Zion Summit kitchen remodel!

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Range & Hood

The high-rise  building doesn’t allow natural gas for a gas cooktop, and so the G.E. Profile induction cooktop  is the perfect choice. The heat can be ventilated and recirculated with this Zephyr hood instead of having to vent to the outside. A Wolf 36″ wall oven is big enough to handle full sized catering trays which is important for entertaining.

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Refrigerator

The design called for a freestanding refrigerator and this Samsung 4 door beauty fits the style and space of the kitchen. It has a flex zone in the bottom left door that can either be a refrigerator or a freezer.

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Steam Oven & Dishwasher

The addition of a Wolf steam oven under the counter is something our clients adore. If you have ever wondered what steam ovens do better than regular ovens, the answer is….everything!

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Because of the wide open floor plan of the condo, the kitchen needs a dishwasher that is quiet as well as stylish. The Bosch dishwasher is so quiet that you don’t even know it’s running until you see the indicator light!

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Scotsman nugget ice maker completes the kitchen. Once you have tasted this chewable ice in your drinks, you will never want to go back to regular ice cubes again!

LIST OF MODELS:
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLU-M90AS
G.E. Profile 36″ Induction Cooktop – PHP960SMSS
Wolf Wall Oven – SO36U/F
Samsung 4 Door Refrigerator – RF32FMQDBSR
Wolf Steam Oven – CSO24TE/S/TH
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker – SCN60PA1SS

Cabinets by Peppertree Kitchen and Bath.

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

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