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    Posted: 24 Feb 2010 at 10:07pm
It seems like a lot of people have never used a convection oven or convection oven/microwave combination before.  I know I haven't.  I am planning on trying all sorts of recipes once we get the pod out of storage. 
 
Until then, I have been looking online plus I have purchased an ebook or two about convection microwave. 
 
I thought I would start a thread with links...but, please, everyone, feel free to add more links as well as tips and recipes to help those of us out who are new to this appliance.
 
Here is one link I have found..
 
 
 
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Thanks for starting this topic Pie_pod.

Maybe I can take some of the mystery out of convection oven cooking.  Now be forewarned I am NOT an expert on convection ovens but have done some research on them in order to hold a little forum at the Eastern Roundup.   So as they say I probably have just enough knowledge to make myself dangerous.  But here it goes.  Don't call me if you burn your cookies or undercook your roast.

Convection ovens are nothing more than a microwave oven with a fan to circulate the air and therefore the heat more uniformly.  i.e. convection heating.

Very simplistically, cooking with a convection oven is more efficient than cooking with microwave only.   Some but not all microwave ovens have a rotating table to more uniformly expose what is being cooked to the source of microwaves.  The convection oven adds a fan to circulation the air in the oven to more uniformly distribute the heat and therefore cook the item  using less energy than the microwave oven alone.

Now, do you have to have special recipes in order to cook in a convection oven ?  Absolutely not.  All of your present recipes can be used with convection ovens.  All that needs to be changed is to either reduce the cooking temperature or reduce the cooking time or reduce them both.

So,  what is the mystery  about convection oven cooking?   As best I can determine the mystery comes from the fact that less energy is needed and therefore either the item needs to be cooked at a lower temperature OR it needs to be cooked for less time.  Some sources say to do both - cook at a somewhat lower temperature and for somewhat less time.  That is the mystery.  How much less time---  how much less temperature.  Lucky for us several people have researched the mystery and therefore eaten several dozen cookies and determined the scientific ways to find the answer to the mystery.

The first place to find the answer is in the manual that came with your microwave/convection oven.  Study the manual and it will give you all the general knowledge you will need to get started baking chocolate chip cookies or cooking a pot roast. 

Next search the internet for convection oven sites.  I have listed some below that I have found.  Beyond that, there isn't anything else to do but start experimenting with your new  mysterious convection oven and force feed your significant other all those cookies and delicious cakes and casseroles you experiment with while developing your research data.  Be sure to publish your research dissertations on convection cooking here on the forum for all of us to learn from. 

I will accept no responsibility for added weight or extreme joy by yourself or your significant other that might occur from devouring the results of your research.

 Further information can be found here:
http://microwaveconnect.com
http://cadco-ltd.com/index.html

A source for determining the cooking time and temperature can be found here:
http://convection-calculator.com

Good Luck









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I've had good luck with the convection microwave in our Pod and I'm new to it as well.  Recipes all over the internet but it's a lot like regular baking and you can use pots/pans that you can't in the regular microwave process.  Just remember which you are using!  Tongue
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What is the size of the microwave?  What are the largest size cooking recepticles will it hold?  For instance:  will it accomodate a 2qt glass casserole dish with lid; a large standard size dinner plate; or a regular size cookie sheet?  Does it have a glass turntable?
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The convection Microwave that is in my 2010 172 is a Sunbeam SB-2200.   FR seems to change the model they use depending on what is available.   Can get a tape measure out tomorrow to double check things.   But the manual for my microwave lists the internal oven cavity as being 8 5/8 High by 13 3/4 wide by 14 deep.  

The convection microwave is a combination of a convection baking oven and a microwave.  So instead of having a glass turntable it has a metal baking plate (turntable) that is over a baking element.  I use small round pizza plates as baking trays in the oven when I am using it at a convection oven.  Then use pyrex baking dishes when microwaving.     I can't answer you question about whether a 2QT dish would fit or not, as I have a lot of pyrex dishes I use in the microwave, but as a guy have no clue what actual size they are. :)   Does fit standard size dinner plates, at least the ones I have.
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Convection ovens are NOT like microwaves.  The microwave uses the magnetron to heat and agitate the molecules in your food.  The convection uses heat (top and bottom).  When using the convection oven look at the top inside, it turns red.

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Originally posted by gmandual

The convection Microwave that is in my 2010 172 is a Sunbeam SB-2200.   FR seems to change the model they use depending on what is available.   Can get a tape measure out tomorrow to double check things.   But the manual for my microwave lists the internal oven cavity as being 8 5/8 High by 13 3/4 wide by 14 deep.  

The convection microwave is a combination of a convection baking oven and a microwave.  So instead of having a glass turntable it has a metal baking plate (turntable) that is over a baking element.  I use small round pizza plates as baking trays in the oven when I am using it at a convection oven.  Then use pyrex baking dishes when microwaving.     I can't answer you question about whether a 2QT dish would fit or not, as I have a lot of pyrex dishes I use in the microwave, but as a guy have no clue what actual size they are. :)   Does fit standard size dinner plates, at least the ones I have.
Some more info:
 
About 7 1/2 inches of clearance between top of metal turntable thing and the top of the microwave.   Ane the metal turn table is around 12.5 inches in diameter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Outbound Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jun 2010 at 9:00pm
Originally posted by sylviablue

Convection ovens are NOT like microwaves.  The microwave uses the magnetron to heat and agitate the molecules in your food.  The convection uses heat (top and bottom).  When using the convection oven look at the top inside, it turns red.

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A convection oven is simply a conventional oven with a fan inside to circulate the air (and cook faster)
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Anyone know where we could get another copy of the operating manual for the Sunbeam Microwave/convection oven. I just ASSumed that I would be able to download one online, but Sunbeam doesn't even show they make the SB-2200.
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I will look at mine to see if it's the same mode.  If it is, I'd be happy to run you a copy of mine and mail it to you.  I may be able to scan it and convert it to a pdf file for emailing.  Will look at my model number this Friday evening or Sat. morning.
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