But looking back, choosing to buy and which to buy was not an easy task…
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?
Why do I desperately wanted to buy an oven? Well let’s see:
- i wanted to cook mouth-watering pastries
- bake bread and pizza!
- bake creamy pasta
- grill fish and roast chicken, pork and beef
- reheat food
- and the list goes on and on….
So yes my friend… We owe it to ourselves to buy some good ovens to create good food and enjoy life.
MICROWAVE OVEN OR CONVECTION OVEN?
After deciding to buy, the next question would be how much could you afford. That time I decided, I could only afford as much as P3,000. Then there was this microwave oven I liked so much at Lazada.ph, it looks sturdy and pretty, an Imarflex microwave oven. Well, i had to let this go because it is way over my budget. In fact, it’s more than double my budget. Ha-ha!
My next option was actually this, a Hanabishi microwave oven. It costs P2,600 at that time so it’s just right for my budget. The problem is I really wished to have an Imarflex oven. The reviews I read online was the brand was good and Imarflex Philippines have a service center here in Davao just in case the oven breaks down.
Good thing I came across their version of oven toaster. The same as the one I purchased. The Imarflex oven toaster can bake! When we hear of oven toaster, we visualize it to be small and can only reheat food and toast bread. But this is bigger and can bake and roast chicken. Yes I’ll say it again, it can bake and roast chicken! They even talked about this particular oven here.
Why it can bake and how it’s different from microwave ovens???
Microwave Oven, as the name implies, uses microwaves that passes through the food to heat it. Microwaves according to wikipedia again are non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation higher than ordinary radio waves but lower than infrared light.
Convection Oven on the other hand uses heating elements like rods. They are situated on top or bottom, others are embedded in the walls. Mine has 2 metal rods on top and 2 more at the bottom inside the oven. Convection oven has fans that circulate air around the food to provide uniform heating.
I am not an expert here so it would be best to read more articles about microwave ovens and convection ovens on other sources especially its impact on food. It gets kinda more scientific that is hard to explain. :) Ultimately, they both heat food, but the temperature and/or the cooking time may vary. These two may even vary with different brands and models. So it would be best to use thermometer to be really exact or you have to observe the food you cook from time to time till they’re done. That's why I would suggest that if you decide to go buy one, choose an oven that has a transparent door so you can take a look at what's happening inside. Opening the oven door from time to time before your food is done cooking (especially baking) may not be a very good idea.
Going back to my decision, well, it took me months browsing back and forth to the Hanabishi microwave oven then to the Imarflex oven toaster. Mind you, I also checked out models of the same brand and other brands. There are simply a lot of choices out there. It’s really up to you.
In the end, I bought the Imarflex Oven Toaster (but more of a convection oven really) because….
- It has rotisserie and I’d like the roasting of chicken as my option.
- Its cost was a little over P3,700 that time less 10% so its down to P3400. It’s a little over the budget set but still ok.
- It can also broil, you know giving the food a brown look on top. And it can grill. The broil and grill function can be achieved by turning the fan off and using only either the top or the bottom rods at a time.
- The highest temperature this oven have is 500 degrees fahrenheit. So far, I haven’t encountered a recipe I’d like to try that requires temperature higher than this yet. So great.
So there, I hope I have helped you somehow on your decision. The key here is to get a lot of information and don’t rush things up, ok? Now go, contemplate some more. :)
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