Convection bakers typically claim that convection bake cooks faster, heats the food more evenly, and browns better than the traditional thermal baking ovens. If you have never used convection bake and do not understand how it works, you may think this is fictional.
The major difference between convection and regular bake is how the oven heats itself. Convection bake has a fan that is continually circulating the air inside the oven to ensure the entire oven has a consistent temperature.
Pros and Cons of Convection Bake and Regular Bake
Convection Oven Pros & Cons
Pro – Convection allows for food to cook faster as there is always a constant temperature. It can usually cook food 25% faster than a regular oven.
Con – Most recipes will not account for convection bake and you will have to ensure you check on your food ¾ of the time through cooking.
Pro – You can pack the oven full! Since convection is constantly circulating the hot air, you can pack as much food in your oven as you want to without affecting the baking process.
Con – Convection ovens are not good for cakes or baking that requires rising in the oven.
Regular Bake Pros & Cons
Pro – Easier to use than a convection oven. All recipes will have proper instructions to cooking with a regular bake oven.
Con – Food will take longer to cook.
Pro – If you are on a tight budget, regular baking ovens are more affordable.
Con – Regular baking ovens tend to cook food unevenly. Ensure to rotate the dish at least once throughout the cooking process.
How Does Convection Ovens and Regular Bake Ovens Work?
Never try to use the same baking temperature and cooking time with each oven. As mentioned above, convection ovens cook food faster and keep a consistent temperature. If you use the same temperature and time, you are likely to burn your food using your convection oven. Now let’s explain how convection ovens work, you are guaranteed to love them when you understand how they work!
Regular Bake – What is It?
Most common household regular baking ovens are thermal heated. Thermal heated means that the heat comes from an element – either at the bottom or the top of the oven. In a thermal heated oven, the air is left to circulate and pass around the oven on its own as there is no fan helping it. This passive airflow can lead to uneven cooking of food due to uneven heating of the oven cavity.
Convection Bake – What is It?
Convection ovens have fans that circulate the air in the cavity to ensure the temperature is even through the entire cavity. This allows the air to be much more consistent is leads to the even heating of food and a faster cooking time.
This list is guaranteed to help you understand the difference between a regular baking oven and a convection baking oven. Our favourite type of oven is convection and I bet once you try one, your favourite will be too!
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