One of the first questions when you want to start baking is, which oven is best for me,should I buy a convection microwave, an OTG or go in for a built-in oven?Which is the best oven for a beginner?So in this video a few things you would need to know and a few things to consider beforeyou start your affair with your oven for a lifetime!Broadly speaking, you could go in for the counter-top ovens, the kind which sit on thecounter of your kitchen, or you could also go in for the built-in ovens, the kind whichare built into the wall of your kitchen.
Again in the counter top ovens, you could go in for a convection microwave or go infor an oven toaster griller which is commonly called as an OTG.
Built in ovens again could be either convection microwaves or gas operated ovens or electricovens.
So when you plan to buy an oven here are a few things to know and consider.
The capacity of the oven, which decides and determines how much by way of quantity youcould bake at a time, your level of interest in baking, the space you have to accommodateyour oven, your budget and the after-sale services available in your city for the brand.
So let’s take a look at the convection microwave here.
A convection microwave can cook, re-heat, grill food and bake your food as well.
So this is one compact gadget which does it all.
And it’s really simple to use, bakes your food evenly all the time.
Microwaves normally come with digital controls and display, a feature I love and appreciate.
But then microwaves can be quite heavy, so you can’t really shift or move them around,so you need to have enough space on your kitchen counter reserved for this oven.
The maximum capacity of a microwave could be around 32 liters, and if you go in fora microwave of this capacity, you could easily bake for a family of 4.
So do not buy a microwave which is less than 32 liters in capacity.
A convection microwave can cost upwards of Rs.
15, 000 depending on the brand, capacityand the model you are buying and of course whether you are buying it online or offline.
One major drawback about the convection microwave is that it is limited by capacity.
You can bake on only one rack and one level at a time.
Meaning you can bake one cake or one sheet of cookies at a time.
You can’t use some standard size large baking tins in a convection microwave, especiallythe rectangular ones, because the tin will keep hitting the walls of the microwave asthe turntable rotates.
So if you entertain very often or if you aspire to bake commercially, the limited capacityof a microwave may prove to be a serious drawback.
So be sure to go to the store, and take a look at the various models available, andalso read reviews about the model you plan to purchase.
Do check the after sale services available in your city for the brand.
And coming to an Oven –Toaster Griller or what is commonly called as an OTG here inIndia, you can grill toast and bake your food and even keep it warm.
But you can’t really use it for cooking or re-heating your food.
Which means that if you have an OTG, you would still need to have a microwave to cook andre-heat your food.
Which means additional counter space in your kitchen to house both the gadgets.
I started baking with my Morphy Richards 14 liter OTG, and it still works well for me.
OTGs are quite lighter in weight, which means that you can move it around, and you couldalso shift it as and when you need it.
If you are really constrained for counter-space in your kitchen, you could keep it under yourdining table or may be even in your garage, and then use it when you need it.
OTGs normally come with manual controls.
This will cost you anywhere Rs.
9,000 upwards depending on the brand, capacity and the modelyou would be buying.
And again, as usual, online and offline prices may vary.
This is my OTG and this is 40 liters in capacity and the capacity of OTGs normally goes upto 60 liters, which means that you could bake more at a time, you could bake 2 cakes oryou know 2 sheets of cookies and even bake on 2 levels at a time.
So, do not buy an oven too small as then you would not be able to fit in most standardsized trays and tins, even the 8’’ or 9 ‘’ round or square tins, will not fitin a very small oven.
So the minimum size I would suggest if you are going to buy an OTG would be about 40liters.
And go in for even bigger ones if you aspire to bake commercially.
Bigger OTGs come with different modes for baking as well, so be prepared to spend sometime in figuring out what works best for you and how your oven works.
Again, do visit the store and read reviews for various models before you decide to buy.
And definitely do check the after-sale services available for the brand in you city.
Coming up soon is my video comparing a convection microwave and an OTG side by side, do watchout.
Then coming to the built-in ovens, there are microwaves, there are electric ovens and thengas ovens which come as part of the cooking range.
So these are a different deal altogether as they are built into the wall of your kitchenas the name suggests.
And these are really elegant, and stylish, and also come with a bigger price-tag.
This could cost you anywhere between Rs.
25,000 – Rs.
40,000 – Rs.
1,00,000 upward for premiumbrands.
And these built in ovens I think you could consider at a later point of time, the pointof no-return to be precise.
But if you happen to live in smaller towns, I would suggest you be especially carefulwith the after-sale services if you are going to be going in for built in ovens.
So there isn’t one perfect choice of an oven, as it would vary according to differentparameters and your individual requirement.
My suggestion would be to start with an OTG or a convection microwave when you start andthen upgrade to the built-in ones later depending on your level of interest in baking.
I am a very happy user of my LG convection microwave, and I have been using it sincealmost 4 years, and if you have decided to go in for a convection microwave, you canwatch my video on how to use a convection microwave.
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