Modern and Traditional Alternative Ovens
Ovens have been around for a very long time, and have been used as a means of cooking many recipes in all around the world. These days, ovens are still favored by many kitchens for cooking or baking regardless of whether they are the professional restaurant types or just at home, and are powered by electricity or gas.
However, advancements in technology have shown that ovens consume too much energy and take way too long to cook anything. So are there alternatives to your energy-gobbling oven?
On the matter of finding alternatives to the traditional oven a logical move would be to simply miniaturize the thing and thus reduce the problems. Having a mini-oven is certainly a smart way to do this since it is superior to its bulkier cousin in the following ways:
- Mini-ovens consume less energy because there is less space to heat up
- Mini-ovens can be carried around quite easily and are thus easier to clean or transport.
- Mini-ovens cook faster than traditional ovens, provided what you are cooking will fit, since they heat up faster
- They are less efficient for long cooking periods because their insulation is poor
Microwaves have been around for a while, but it has only been over the last few years that it has been used more for cooking than simply re-heating leftovers or popping pop-corns. The following all make microwaves qualified as alternatives to regular ovens:
- By releasing low frequency waves which make the molecules in liquids vibrate and heat up, food is literally cooked from the inside out, thus eliminating the need for things like oil
- With microwaves, there is significantly less chance of burning the food since there is no direct application of heat involved and the timer makes for a pretty good precautionary measure.
Slow cookers are another on the list of alternatives to traditional ovens which consume less energy and have cleaner cooking methods. Why is it a good alternative?
- Slow cookers utilize the mode of heat in cooking called simmering, wherein water is heated enough to produce steam but not enough to boil. This is most useful for recipes that do not need standing over and can be left unattended until you are ready to serve them
- By utilizing steam, a slow cooker reduce the chance of contamination and are therefore a much cleaner method of cooking than regular ovens.
For a more revolutionary method of cooking, which also happens to be a good alternative to regular ovens, we have the innovative halogen ovens.
Through the use of halogen lights which heat up at an extremely fast rate, halogen ovens make cooking time that much shorter. So how does it perform as compared to regular ovens?
- Since it heats up very rapidly, there is no need to wait for the oven to build up momentum before it makes your food hot. This saves you plenty of time and plenty on energy, which is the whole point to finding an alternative to ovens in the first place.
- Its size also makes halogen ovens preferable to regular ovens since traditional ovens usually occupy a lot of space that can be devoted to other things. All you really need when using a halogen oven is a few feet of space on top of a counter or a table and you are all set.
If you want to go for the old school route when looking for alternatives to traditional ovens, you can always go for Dutch ovens and all its age-old glory, so to speak. As one might expect from a really old style of cooking, Dutch ovens are traditionally made of cast iron and were dangled or placed directly on top of cooking fires. This made it the perfect means to cook since it can prepare anything from stews to pizza, depending on the need.