How to Convert Conventional Oven Times to Convection Oven Times

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To convert conventional oven times to convection times, simply lower the temperature by 25 degrees and reduce the cooking time by about 25 percent. Cook in an efficient convection oven with help from a professional chef in this free video on cooking techniques.

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Hi, I'm Michell Karam with Dishes by Michelle in Los Angeles, California. I'm here today to talk to you about how to convert conventional oven times into convection oven times. But before I do that, let me tell you what the difference is between a conventional oven and a convection oven. A convectional oven has the additional fan inside of it. And that fan actually circulates the hot air that runs through the cavity of the oven. A conventional oven, doesn't have that fan and it's actually heat that just comes from the bottom or the back of the oven and just rises forward or rises up. The benefits of using a convectional oven is, it's actually will cook your foods faster, and you'll probably have superior results, because once it's cooked faster, it locks in heat, it locks in juices, it locks in flavor and it makes that food crisp, juicy, moist and brown. So, the basic rule of thumb when cooking with a convectional oven is, you're going to cook your foods at about 25 degrees lower heat than you normally would with a conventional oven. If you have something that would cook on 375, you would cook it on 350. If have something that was cooking on 450, you'd cook it on 425, and so on and so on. Another additional thing to know about cooking with a convection oven is you will cook your foods about twenty five percent less time than you would with a conventional oven, because of that additional heat flowing through the cavity of the oven. So, another thing you might want to look for is, you need to check your food kind of often. Check it about ten minutes before you would normally think it would be done, because once it goes, it will crisp up and it'll get really brown really fast. And then it could tend to dry things out. So, you just want to make sure when cooking with a convectional oven, you do keep an eye on the food just a little bit more until you kind of get the hang of cooking with it. So, there are some pretty good benefits to cooking with a convectional oven. I hope you try it at home. I'm Michelle Karam. Thank you so much for watching my video on how to convert from conventional oven times to convection oven time.

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