Convection vs. Conventional Ovens — Fix My Dish

by in How-to, September 25th, 2012

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Twice a month we’re giving readers a chance to ask Food Network Kitchens’ advice about an issue they’re having with a dish. They can’t reformulate a recipe for you, but they’re happy to help improve it.

Question: My question is about convection ovens vs. conventional ovens. Do recipe bake times need to be altered in any way if the oven used is a conventional oven? I feel as though most recipes I try from experienced cooks are made in convection ovens and I wondered if it made a difference if my oven is conventional.  – K. Stroh

Answer: Most recipes from reputable sources such as Food Network, Cooking Channel, etc., are developed for conventional ovens. If not, they will clearly state that it is done in a convection setting. That said, an oven set to convection will run about 25 degrees hotter than a conventional oven set to the same temperature. So if you are trying to re-create a recipe developed for a convection oven, set your temperature 25 degrees above what it is called for and you should have similar results. Otherwise, yes, you can just cook things for longer and keep an eye on it (just don’t open the oven door too often because you will just keep dropping the temperature).

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Comments (3)

  1. Cheryl says:

    Can anyone tell me what the secret is to knowing how far down on a stalk of asparagus to snap and also, should you always shave off the outer skin on it and if so should it be done only on the bottom, after you snap or not necessary if you snap. Thanks.

  2. SHERRY BOCEK says:

    NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THIS QUESTION, BUT HERE WE GO ANYWAY. I JUST PURCHASED THE FOOD NETWORK CONVECTION OVEN AND ROTISSERIE. THE BOOKLET THAT CAME WITH IT IS NOT MUCH USE. I HAVE NEVER USED A CONVECTION OVEN BEFORE AND HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO CONVERT MY RECIPES FOR USE IN THIS OVEN. WHERE CAN I GET SOME BASIC INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO THIS? THANKS

    • Rebecca says:

      Sherry, I'm in the same position! I bought a GE Adora Convection oven & the book that came with it says things like, "Push one of these buttons for convection and one of these for conventional". So, I did some research. So far, I've come upon one piece of info… set your temp for 25 degrees less than the recipe calls for, and keep an eye on it because it will take less time. I'm still looking though! I hope this little bit is helpful!

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