In this age of technology, we are always looking to do things quicker and easier than before, and the culinary world is no different. As much as we love the home-cooked, large family meal, who has the time or energy? However, don't despair. The double oven can be the busy person's best culinary friend. Test your knowledge on this much-loved appliance.
Which is NOT one of the common built-in double oven configurations?
two full-sized ovens on top of one another
a full-sized oven with a convection oven or microwave oven on top
a full-sized oven with a pizza oven on top
The three basic set-ups for built-in double ovens are the two full-sized ovens, a full-sized with a microwave or convection oven on top, and then a full-sized oven with a smaller standard oven on top. Pizza ovens are more customized options.
For large gatherings or entertaining when you use both ovens, you will naturally use more energy. However, for routine or small meals, many cooks only use the smaller, top oven which actually saves energy over using a full-sized oven.
A convection oven is guaranteed to raise the ROI on a kitchen renovation.
In a convection oven, the air circulates more evenly so items on different racks of the oven will still cook the same; no worries that the bottom rack will cook faster because it's closer to the heating element. Because the air is continually blowing, food tends to cook more quickly. However, a convection oven won't guarantee you more money back on your home; that all depends on the kitchen renovation, as a whole.
Dishes on different racks of a convection oven all cook the same.
A convection oven cooks food 25 percent faster than a regular oven.
True or False: You do not have to buy a gas double oven even if you already have a gas stovetop.
You can still get an electric double oven, even if you have a gas stovetop, especially if they're separate units. It's easier to decide upon a place for an electric oven in a kitchen because you don't have to worry about gas connections.
In a kitchen with a double oven, where should you cook your roast?
the top oven
the bottom oven
In a double oven set-up, the top oven is commonly smaller than the bottom, full-sized oven. So, roasting or heavy-duty baking is best handled by the lower oven, keeping the upper oven for warming or smaller dishes.
Your recipes will be more gourmet and taste better.
A double oven saves on time, allowing you to cook several dishes at one time, as well as giving you more versatility in how you cook -- steam, bake or roast. However, the taste and style of your cooking still lies with you, Behind every double oven is a cook, good or bad!
You can cook in different modes at the same time.
Your recipes can be cooked and served at the same time.
Like most everything, certain brands can be more or less expensive. Your higher-end double ovens will include more features, and even the color can bring your price up. Stainless steel is on the more expensive side while choosing white or black ovens can bring your cost down.
the cabinet, or entire encasement, into which your oven fits, typically, decided upon pre-kitchen construction
The oven cabinet is the space in which your built-in oven fits, be it single or double. The oven is surrounded and enclosed by wood, creating a sleek, finished look. Typically, the oven cabinet includes a storage cabinet above and a drawer below the oven.
What is NOT one of the three basic types of double oven stoves?
freestanding double oven with no range (smooth top)
freestanding range double oven
wall, built-in double oven
It's not really feasible to do a built-in double oven with a range because you have a cabinet encasement over the cooktop, making the cooktop unusable. Ranges are usually on freestanding double ovens. A freestanding smooth top double oven is one that has the double oven, but no cooktop.
How is a convection oven different from the standard oven in a double configuration?
The convection oven is used for making sweets, preserves and candies.
The convection oven is a gas-powered oven.
The convection oven circulates air differently than a standard oven.
In a convection oven, the hot air is continually circulating throughout the oven to heat the food. The constant motion does a better job of heating the food. In a standard, thermal oven, the heat surrounds the food. By the way, it's confection, not convection, when you're talking about sweets!
They do not have as many features and modern options as an electric oven.
They take longer to heat up.
Gas double ovens are not as common or easy to find as electric ones, so options may be limited or at least more expensive. However, electric ovens do need to preheat, so your gas oven will be ready to cook sooner than your electric.
How much food would you expect to cook in the larger, main unit of a built-in double oven?
5-7 gallons (25-30 liters)
9-11 gallons (40-50 liters)
While dimensions can differ, it's common for the bigger cavity to hold between 9 to 15 gallons of food (40 to 70 liters). The smaller unit would hold closer to 8 or 9 gallons (25 or 30 liters). Any way you cook it, that's a lot of space!