Sunday, March 10, 2013

Convection oven vs gas oven?

Hi everyone, I have just discovered a revelation that will change your macarons forever. My oven is a convection oven, but for some reason you have to press a button on the oven for it to actually spread the air around the oven evenly. So all this time, I have been using the regular setting, which is most likely similar to the gas-powered ovens. A friend pointed out to me that the macarons I made at home were not as fluffy as the ones I made at work, which has a convection oven. The insides seemed to be too moist, like undercooked. However I use the same recipe at work, and they turn out with fluffy insides. Here is a few comparison pictures.

This one is too moist inside, baked in nonconvection.        

These are perfect, baked in convection.

Same recipe, different results. All due to a button on my oven. I thought that having a convection oven meant pressing "bake" would automatically make it convection. Maybe it was due to the fact that I didn't exactly know what convection means. Basically, a convection oven has a fan in the back, and the heat is more evenly distributed than a gas oven. In a gas oven, the heat either comes from the bottom or top, making the heat uneven.

So if you have a convection oven, it would be easier to bake better macarons. :3 Good luck to you all~

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip. I think I have an electric oven. I'll need to go home to find out.

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  2. Have you ever had issues in the commercial oven with the fan being too robust? What temp are you cooking at? I just switched to a commercial oven and I can only use the top shelf, which defeats the purpose. The other shelves produce mostly warped macs.

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    1. Nope I haven't had any problems with the fan being too strong, mine is pretty tame. haha & I'm cooking it at 300 F. Yeah usually can only use the top rack :/

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  3. Awesome post i had a great experience of this convection oven its very easy to operate it and very helpfull for my daily life

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  4. May I ask what brand your convection oven is? @natalie?

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  5. Is there anything you can do to get a fluffier product using a non convection oven?

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    1. Sorry I don't know :( But my friend has a regular oven and hers turn out fluffy :)

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    2. Can you please ask your friend for tips on how to bake in a non convection oven. Please :-) I have tried and tried but don't get results like yours :-(

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  6. Can you please ask your friend for tips on how to bake in a non convection oven. Please :-) I have tried and tried but don't get results like yours :-( I have tried baking at 300, 310, ..... 325F top rack, middle rack with parchment and silpat, but not perfect. Also I had another question, when I used silpat. a part of the macaron bottom stuck to the silpat while removing them. I removed them after cooling. I noticed while baking that the tops had partially detached from the bottom while rising and this is the part which was stuck to the silpat. Why did this happen? I was baking on the middle rack on silpat and the oven temp was reading between 300 to 310 on the oven thermometer. Please help Thank you so much.

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  7. Thanks for the good read. At first I really wasn't sure which oven I was going to end up going with. I was having the hardest time figuring out which one would be better, electric, or gas; but this post really helped me understand the differences between the two. Now I just need to pull the plug and make the decision. I'll diffidently keep this post in mind when I do.

    http://www.arizonadiscountappliance.com/products/oven/

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  8. The convection oven from Bizarkdeal has performed way beyond my expectations. Having tried three other brands and returning them because of their inability to cook hot enough, I had almost given up. Then I found the Homeleader halogen oven. For me an oven must be able to cook at temperatures in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit - no problem for this oven! My Homeleader earned me lots of praise on Chinese New Year with my crispy pork dish. Even the kids liked what I cooked when I used it! Thanks Homeleader!

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  9. I have HO300e but ...
    Uneven do anyone has suggestion for setting?

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  11. Hi Natalie! I have one question. I have the worst tiny oven on the planet in my apartment. I've tried making macarons in it 20 times, just a mess. my apartment won't let me upgrade my panel to allow me to purchase a new oven. Do you think its possible to cook macarons perfectly in a countertop convection oven?

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