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Should You Install a Double Wall Oven?

How many times have you cooked a big meal for family or friends, only to spend hours (or even days) ahead planning your baking schedule? It takes a lot of forethought and kitchen savvy just deciding when to take the roast out of the oven and put the rolls in.

Any busy cook appreciates a good oven. But for serious cooks who bake often, dual ovens just make sense. They save time, space, and hassles. What's not to love?

That said, today's double ovens come in multiple configurations. If the array of options confuses you, don't worry. Here's how to sort through the most popular combinations and find something you'll actually use.

The Convection Microwave/Traditional Oven Combo

One of the latest trends in double wall ovens is the traditional oven paired with a convection microwave. Cooks who understand gen eric microwave ovens may feel confused by the "convection" option.

How a Convection Oven Works

Before you choose a convection microwave, you need to understand what "convection" means. Simply put, convection is a method for circulating dry heat. A convection oven (not a traditional oven) features a fan that improves heat circulation. In turn, the improved heat flow makes foods cook quickly and evenly-much more so than they would in a traditional electric oven.

A note about convection cooking: Some foods don't cook well in the forced-air environment of a convection oven. If you need your food to cook with some humidity, use your traditional oven. Good examples of foods that cook well in convection heat are roasted meats, roasted vegetables (which caramelize well in a convection oven) and pastries. Casseroles do better in a traditional oven.

How a Convection Oven Works

Convection microwaves give cooks a great deal of flexibility. A great selling point is that you can use the microwave function only-or turn on the convection fan to brown and toast foods that normally would stay pale in a regular microwave.

So, if you'd never bake a pie in a microwave, convection microwaves make it easy. The pie filling cooks beautifully; plus, you end up with the light-brown crust you love.

How Both Ovens Work Together

If you're like most cooks, you've relegated your microwave to a spot far away from the baking oven. Typically, your microwave sits o n a crowded counter or in a corner somewhere.

Installing a convection microwave/traditional oven combo takes care of several problems:

  • You open up your kitchen counter by moving the microwave elsewhere.
  • The baking and cooking zones are all in one place.
  • It's easy to nuke your veggies in the microwave while you bake the casserole below.
  • Time management is no longer a major issue.

Meanwhile, you always have your traditional oven to fall back on when you don't want to adapt recipes for faster-cook times. You ca n use current baking skills for the lower oven while saving time with the microwave oven (with or without the convection fan).

This combo is a big plus for busy cooks.

The Traditional Double Wall Oven Combo

If you're a traditional cook-especially if you follow recipes to the letter and rarely experiment-a traditional double wall oven may work better for you. As mentioned above, you have to adjust recipes and times for convection cooking. By contrast, a traditional oven is familiar. You already know what to expect when you use it.

Cooks choose double wall ovens because they have to prepare a lot of food in a limited amount of time. Then, there's the flavour profile. Picky bakers don't want to broil fish first and bake cookies immediately afterward. If you cook delicate foods, you have to keep scents and flavours separate.

Even if you live alone, you can benefit from a double wall oven. The next time you have a party, you'll cut your baking time in half. Just think: you can finally join the party without guilt!

The Single Oven/Warming Drawer Combo

Some cooks do just fine with one oven; however, they often have to keep food aside for other family members with different schedules. Anyone who has lost patience over a cold casserole may be the perfect candidate for a single oven plus warming drawer.

Warming drawers are just what they sound like: electrical drawers whose constant, low heat tends hot foods without cooking them further. If you've cooked your evening meal and want hot leftovers at the ready for a hungry teen (post-hockey), put them in the warming drawer and set the timer. It's that easy.

Warming drawers also work well if you're preparing for a small social gathering. Your hors d'oeuvres stay hot in the drawer while you finish baking the entrée. When guests arrive, you're set.

Now that you know more about the latest double wall ovens for your kitchen remodel, the only thing left to do is plan a remodelling party. Your double ovens can do all the work while you mingle with your guests and enjoy an array of perfectly baked foods. Bon appétit!