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Questioning Convectioning 
Apr. 3, 2009 10:49 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2009 10:00 am
To convection....or NOT to convection,  That is my question!  I sheepishly admit that I am a little afraid to make full use of my gas convection ovens.  Sure, I use them for such new fangled things as frozen pizzas & eggrolls, but I tend to stick to old school, circulation free heating on just about everything else.  I'm afraid to dry out my chicken breasts, burn my cookies or cast an impenetrable crust onto my french bread. 

Do you use your convection religiously??  In your experience, has using the convection ever completely ruined a recipe or made it infinitely better, in addition to saving you time?   Thanks to you all, it's always so fun to hear your take on things :o)
Apr. 4, 2009 5:42 am
I use my convection depending on what I am cooking. I read in the book that came with my oven that with convection you do not cover and just reg bake if your recipe calls for covering. So I go by that and have never burned anything, I bake my cookies religiously on convection for around 6 - 7 mins and they always turn out great.
Apr. 4, 2009 6:46 am
Once you become accustomed to convection, you won't ever be happy without it. I do baked potatoes at 425 for about 30-35 minutes and they are perfectly cooked. We like the crispness of the potato skins and would never consider nuking them. Cakes, cookies, roasts, all, come out perfect. I did baked salmon last night, a fairly large piece for 3 adults and 2 children (that big) and it was done in 10 minutes. I've never had anything burnt. I have overcooked a dish but have to admit that was my own fault by not keeping up with the time. Happy cooking!!
Apr. 4, 2009 10:00 am
I saw a mistake in my ovens are electric not gas (the stove is gas) oops! :o) I think I'll whip up some cookies today and give it a go with the convection. mmmmmm Salmon sounds good! Thank you ladies!
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