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HOW TO COOK & BAKE IN A CONVECTION OVEN

When it comes to high-end kitchens, the convection oven has earned its reputation for boasting advanced features and innovative settings. Read this guide to learn how to cook and bake in a convection oven and unlock your kitchen’s full potential.

Table of Contents

DEFINITION
What is a convection oven?

USES
What is a convection oven used for?

HOW TO
How to use a convection oven

CONVECTION & REGULAR OVENS
Using a convection oven as a regular oven

WHAT IS A CONVECTION OVEN?

Convection ovens are equipped with an integrated fan that circulates hot air and decreases moisture levels by drying the surface of the food. True convection ovens go a step further by incorporating an extra heating element, which enhances the browning of meats, caramelizes roasted vegetables and helps ensure flaky perfection in baked goods.

CONVECTION BAKE VS. REGULAR BAKE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Traditional baking relies on heating elements positioned at the top and bottom of an oven, which can result in uneven temperatures inside. Convection ovens employ a fan to help achieve uniform heat throughout the cavity. True convection ovens boast a third heating element at the rear, as well.

Traditional ovens use radiant heat, causing dishes closer to them to cook faster than those farther away. This arrangement can sometimes lead to inconsistencies when cooking multiple dishes on different oven racks, such as burnt edges or undercooked centers.

The fan within a convection oven plays a crucial role in delivering consistent results, as well, by circulating heat evenly throughout the oven and around your dishes.

DO I HAVE A CONVECTION OR A CONVENTIONAL OVEN?

A simple method to distinguish between a convection oven and a conventional oven is to examine the control panel for convection cooking features. If your oven is of the convection type, you should typically see controls for convection baking functions.

You can also inspect the oven’s interior as long as it is turned off. A fan on the inner back wall indicates that you have a convection oven.

Food cooking in a convection oven Food cooking in a convection oven

CONVECTION OVEN USES

Convection ovens have several uses, from caramelizing meats to roasting vegetables. Common convection oven uses include:

  • Roasting vegetables and fruits
  • Slow roasting

  • Convection broiling

  • Dehydrating

  • Toasting

  • Sheet pan dinners
  • Multi-level baking

  • Flaky, light pastries

  • Pasta bakes or casseroles

  • Air frying

WHEN NOT TO USE CONVECTION COOKING

Certain baked goods are best prepared using traditional oven settings. Some recipes will suggest regular bake or convection, but as a general rule, don’t use the convection setting for delicate desserts and pastries such as custards, souffle, chiffon and angel food cakes, to name a few.

Convection oven fans Convection oven fans

HOW TO USE A CONVECTION OVEN

Using the convection setting on your oven can allow for more even heating, but it’s slightly different than using a conventional oven or a regular bake setting. Continue reading to learn how to cook in your convection oven.

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STEP 1: PREHEAT YOUR CONVECTION OVEN

Select the convection feature on your oven and the desired temperature. Adjust the temperature in your recipe, if needed, to be suitable for convection. Consider the JennAir® auto convection conversion feature, if your oven is equipped with it, which converts a standard thermal bake cook time and temperature into an ideal cook time and temperature for convection cooking. Also consider the recipe instructions. If you are adjusting the temperature yourself, you will typically want to reduce it by 25°F for convection baking.

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STEP 2: SELECT APPROPRIATE COOKWARE

Choose oven-safe cookware or bakeware suitable for your specific dish. Opt for pans and baking sheets that allow for proper air circulation and consider using shallow, low-sided or perforated cookware. For easy cleanup, line baking sheets with parchment paper when necessary. Wait until the oven is preheated to place the dishes inside.

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STEP 3: POSITION DISHES APPROPRIATELY

Leave space between your dishes and place them in the center of the rack to allow for optimal air circulation throughout the oven cavity. Don’t place them too close to the heating elements, and keep in mind that many recipes benefit from the enhanced browning of convection. Some foods or foods with long bake times may require covering or tenting for best results.

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STEP 4: CHECK DISHES OFTEN

When using the convection feature on your oven or range, check your dishes often as the food may cook more quickly than with a regular bake feature. Leaving the oven light on is a good way to keep an eye on your meal without losing heat by opening the oven door.


With features like the Connected Temperature Probe available on select JennAir® wall ovens, you can easily know when dinner is done. Readings of your food’s internal temperature are visible on the LCD screen or directly from the app.1

 

1. Appliance must be set to remote enable. WiFi & App required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy info, visit jennair.com/connect.

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Broccoli cooking in a convection oven Broccoli cooking in a convection oven

CAN A CONVECTION OVEN BE USED AS A REGULAR OVEN?

You can choose to use your convection oven as a regular oven by simply not selecting the convection feature. Keep in mind, though, that even recipes that don’t call for convection baking can be cooked with convection, and you might even get better results.

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