When should I use convection when baking?

  • I think I understand what convection does, and (some) of the benefits, such as eliminating hot/cold spots, and being more efficient overall. Does this mean that I should always take advantage of it? If not, which circumstances are better for convection, and which are better for regular bake/broil?

    In other words, you want to know whether to have the courage of your convections?

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  • mohlsen

    mohlsen Correct answer

    10 years ago

    We have a convection oven and almost always use it. I can't remember the last time we didn't use convection. Our model automatically decreases the temperature, so if you set it for 300, then it will heat to 275. Not sure if that is a magic 25 degree number, but it seems to work. Almost all recipes cook time wise as they would with a non-convection oven. Our also has a single and multi-rack mode, and it circulates the air differently in that case. We have NEVER had any problems with the food drying out more with the air circulation as they say that is a common negative.

    I am sure the effectiveness varies oven to oven, but in our case, we always use it (except for broiling of course).

    In addition: Convection ovens tend to heat more evenly. As they cycle air they speed up the equilibrium therefore removing cold-spots in the oven. With some ovens you may have to rotate the food to get and even browning, however with convection this is less of a worry.

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