So in my previous video here, we saw about the various choices we have to buy an ovento suit your baking needs.
Narrowing down your choice to a convection microwave andan OTG, today we shall compare the two of these ovens side by side, and better informedyou can make your choice quickly and start baking.
Before we proceed, I want you to know that I have used both a convection microwave andan OTG for baking, and I personally do not find a great deal of difference in the textureor in the taste the things I bake in the convection microwave or in an OTG.
So according to me,both of them work well, there are some differences in which these two vary in the way they workand the way you would be able to use them.
So let’s take a look at how they differ.
About the pre-heating time, whenever you bake anything in a convection microwave or in anOTG,you would need to get your oven to the temperature specified in the recipe beforeyou keep your cake or cookies inside the oven and this is called as ‘pre-heating’ .
Pre-heatingin a convection microwave takes about 5 minutes, and OTGs normally take about 15-20 minutesto pre-heat.
And I find this fast pre-heat feature really really useful when I want tobake in a hurry, say for my kids in the morning.
Temperature-wise, both an OTG and a convectionmicrowave can be set to a maximum of 250C, so worries on that count.
And even the timersets for about 90 minutes in a convection microwave and the same in an OTG.
And OTGsnormally come with this feature called as Stay On or Timer Bypass which allows you tokeep the oven switched on till you turn it off manually.
And you would not be able todo this in a convection microwave.
And this stay-on or timer by-pass is especially usefulwhen you want to bake meringues or make some oven-dried tomatoes.
But unless you make meringuesor make oven-dried tomatoes day in day out and you do that for a living, you don’treally need to be worried about this feature.
And a convection microwave on convection modeworks just the same way as an OTG does, so the bake ware you would be using in a convectionmicrowave and in an OTG would be the same, so no worries on that count, but the sizeof the bake ware does matter when you are using a convection microwave because the turntableis small and it also keeps rotating, so you can’t really place really large tins ina convection microwave, whereas you could do that in an OTG.
When you bake in an convection microwave, there is this fan by default, which circulates the hot air andmakes sure that the food bakes evenly.
And then there is also the turn-table which constantlykeeps rotating, and helps your bakes bake more evenly.
And the bigger OTGs also do comewith fans but you may not be able to use this feature to your advantage because as sometimesits tricky to use.
Functionality wise, in a convection microwavecan cook, re-heat and also bake , grill and do just about everything in a convection microwave.
Whereas in an OTG, you would be able to toast, grill and bake your food, but you would notbe able to cook or re-heat your food in an OTG.
And capacity-wise, the maximum capacity in a convection microwave would be about 32 liters,whereas the OTGs go upto around 60 liters in capacity, so that you could bake a lotat one time.
So at the most, in a convection microwave, you would be able to bake 1 cakeor 1 loaf of bread or 1 sheet of cookies.
And in an OTG, you would be able to bake onmultiple levels, you could bake 2 cakes or multiple trays of cookies at a time.
And forabout Rs.
10,000 you would be able to get an OTG of about 40 L, whereas a convection microwaveof about 32 L would cost you about Rs.
The controls and display in a convection microwave is mostly digital, whereas in an OTG, thecontrols are always manual.
I find this digital display especially useful when I bake crackersor ice-cream cones and other very delicate cookies and I could set my timer to, say,about 10 minutes and 40 seconds once I figure out the baking time, whereas in an OTG, Iwould not be able to set it as precisely and I would have to watch it really carefully.
Convection microwaves are very heavy, so you would not be able to move it around, or keepshifting it as and when you need it, so this means that you would need to have a permanentplace for it in the kitchen.
The OTGs are much lighter compared to a convectionmicrowave and you could actually keep it under the dining table or may be in your garageand use it as and when you need it if you are really constrained for space in your kitchen.
And coming to ease of use, a convection microwave is I think is much more simpler because thereis just 1 rack and there is only 1 mode of baking in a convection microwave.
But in anOTG, there are different modes of baking, there are different heating elements you couldswitch on, with the fan or without the fan and this could be an advantage or a disadvantage,the way you use it.
And there are also multiple racks in an OTG, so you would need to figureout which rack works best for you.
A convection microwave is less temperamentalas compared to an OTG.
But then with some time, patience and practice, you will figureout how to use your OTG.
So do consider all these things, your requirementsand your needs, before you decide if you want to buy a convection microwave or an OTG.
Andif you do decide to buy a convection microwave, you could watch my video about How To Usea Convection Microwave.
You can find lots more videos, about basic bake ware, basicgadgets and tools you could use, basic baking ingredients , tips and techniques in my playlisthere, please do watch it!.