You may have heard so many good things about the infrared halogen oven and decided to buy it. Now that you have it, you may be wondering what to cook in it.
Do not worry about this because the appliance has both the high and the low rack which means that there are plenty of foods you can cook in it.
The foods can be prepared through steaming, baking, roasting, and grilling among other methods.
Let’s look at some of the foods you can cook in your halogen oven.
If you are a meat lover, then you will appreciate the halogen appliance. You can make roast dinner for the entire family.
There are couple of things to keep in mind before you start cooking.
What you need to do is place the meat on a rack and ensure that there is enough space for air to flow around it.
For best results, let the meat cook slowly. It will come out tender and both on the inside and the outside.
I discovered that pork and beef are sure to come out tasty when you prepare them in the infrared oven. Also, the meat comes out with a crunchy taste which is difficult to achieve even when using a microwave oven.
A friend made me some steak from her oven, and I can say that it was one of the most delicious foods I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Most people with halogen ovens can tell you that one of the foods they like cooking in them is chicken because of how tasty it comes out.
You can cook chicken breasts in the oven or the whole chicken.
The roasted chicken will have a golden brown color when fully cooked, and it will be moist and with a crispy taste. I realized that many people do not use the ‘cook faster’ option to enable it to be fully cooked on the inside too.
You can cook fresh fish such as Salmon and cod in your oven.
The best part is that you don’t have to fry them. You’ll notice that you won’t use excess oil. Place your seafood on foil, add some seasoning and cover the foil. Place it in the appliance and wait to enjoy your meal after 25 minutes.
If you like processed meats, then you are lucky to have a halogen oven because you can grill your sausages in it.
If you are looking for something simple, tasty and easy to prepare, then you can do burgers in the oven, especially if there are kids around.
Hotdogs and bacon are other processed meats you can make from your oven. Processed meats taste better when cooked in the halogen appliance compared to when using the traditional methods.
Vegetables are another favorite among halogen cooker owners.
You can prepare your vegetables on their own or with your meat.
Simple cover them in foil, put them in the steaming tray in the oven. Place some water in the bottom of the halogen appliance to provide steam. Peas, potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, and cabbage are some of the vegetables that people like to cook in their halogen appliance.
You can bake your potatoes in the oven. The outside part of the tubers will be crispy, and the inside will be soft. You can’t get these results with a microwave oven.
There are various methods of roasting potatoes that you can apply depending on your preference. You can also prepare your stuffed mushroom in the cooker.
Roots and tubers
Root and tubers vegetables also do well in halogen cooking. Examples of root vegetables include parsley root, carrot, beet, salsify, and jicama. Dahlia, cassava, potatoes, and yams are examples of tuber vegetables.
You can consume most of the root and tubers vegetables (except jicama) raw. However, you can also cook them through boiling, roasting, grilling, frying. A halogen appliance performs most of these processes.
The halogen cooker can be used for baking. Example of foods you can bake include bread, tarts, cakes (muffins), cookies, buns, and even an apple pie.
The baking tray or dish you use should fit inside the oven. Use the same recipes for your cakes, buns, cookies, and bread that you normally use with the regular oven.
The first step towards baking bread is preparing your dough. You will then place it in the pan which will go into the oven.
Give it about 30-40 minutes, and you’ll notice that the color will turn golden. This means that it’s ready.
Cakes, Buns, and Cookies
I have seen people buy a doughnut tin for cooking their cakes. The cakes get enough heat because of the hole in the middle of the tin.
It is essential to make sure that the tins you are using for baking buns, cakes, and cookies are clean.
If you enjoy pizza, then you will have a fun time with your halogen cooker. The pizzas come out differently from the ones prepared using a microwave. You’ll notice that the edges are firm and crispy and the rest of the parts are fantastic. If you are trying out halogen cooking, then you must try preparing pizza.
If you have frozen foods, then you don’t need to worry about thawing them or pre-heating them. Just put them in the cooker in their frozen state.
If you are a busy person, then this is perfect for you because you’ll spend less time cooking.
Examples of frozen foods you can prepare in the cooker include burritos, sausages, vegetables, and pizzas.
If you have large meat joints, you may need to thaw them first.
It is normal to have leftovers because most of the time we prepare more food. Many people keep their leftovers to be eaten later on. If you have a halogen oven, all you need to do is put the leftovers on the heat.
The foods that you should probably not reheat are fried and scrambled eggs.
You will be surprised at how good your leftovers will taste. No need to throw away food anymore.
A halogen oven is one of the best investments you will ever make. It is convenient, efficient and straightforward.
One of the great things about the infrared oven is that you can prepare a variety of foods in it. You can prepare your meat, chicken, sausages, vegetables and even pizza. It is excellent for baking, roasting, slow cooking and grilling.
The infrared oven is that one item that does everything for you. Another thing you’ll notice with the appliance is that you’ll be using less oil than you’ve been using. The cooker cooks thrice as fast as the traditional oven.
What’s more? Foods taste better with the halogen cooker compared to other traditional methods.