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Coopers Halogen Oven

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Brand: Coopers / Type: Electric Cookers

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      13.03.2012 23:06

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      Efficient,great value,great food result and healthy way to cook

      Brilliant product,smart technology,affordable and healthy way to cook.This is what healthy cooking is all about.I usually buy product which makes cooking easy.I have this ocd cleaning habit.and. I couldn't find an easier way to clean my conventional oven so I to things easier for me,I just had to get one of this kitchen gadget. This's brilliant,the hallogen oven is easy to clean,you dont have to worry about any hidden dirt. The halogen ovens saves space, cooking can be done in one halogen oven that takes an entire conventional oven to execute.The halogen oven table top does everything (boiling,sauteing,bakes, roasting, )Cooking food is done quickly and healthly.
      It has a clear bowl,
      I can watch my food cook thanks to the clear lid and bowl,it comes with shelves.which mean I get to cook different type of food on different layer,can have my veggies on the above layer and potato cooking on another layer.
      I don't have to turn the potatoes over because the hot fan circulates the air around evenly,this help the food cook faster and evenly. The conventional oven takes longer and I find myself constantly having to keep checking,swapping,turning my potatoes over.Cooking is suppose to be a breeze and that is the reason I love the halogen oven. It cooks well,inexpensive,and a great cooking gadget.

      The halogen oven. comes with a manual which is quite useful,comes with several recipes and easy to follow.

      Well one thing I got frustrated about was the timer,you have to set the required time ,not longer than required, one time I set the timer for longer than required,I didn't realise resetting the timer backward would affect the oven,the oven stopped working ,didn't know what to do,I had to switch It off from the main. I called the shop I bought it from,exlained the issue and got it sorted out. whatever you do don't turn the timer backward whilst cooking as this could damage the oven,rather switch the oven off and let the timer count down.

      Overall its a great product,efficient,easy to follow manuals,and its just briiliant to have than the conventional oven.

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      30.03.2011 11:18
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      Cheap alternative to conventional oven, but only lots of practice makes perfect (almost)...

      I bought my Halogen Oven from Coopers mail order around 2 years ago, as a backup for my big main oven.

      The first thing that attracted me to it was the part where the oven can self-clean. This is not like most conventional ovens with the coated sides that help prevent build up, rather the Halogen oven actually has a Wash setting. You put in hot water and a dash of washing up liquid and set the timer ( for around 10 minutes, although the timer itself can be set up to 90 minutes), and then turn the heat dial to Wash / Thaw. The fan circulates the hot water around the glass bowl and you just empty it and wipe it round when your time has passed. This is normally all I need to do to get the glass bowl clean. Some may argue that this is not very efficient, due to having the electricity cost associated with the washing time. But really it is the best way to clean this as lifting the glass bowl to the sink or dishwasher is a bit tricky due to its size and especially its weight. (It's about 7 inches tall inside, by 13 inches wide, and although I haven't actually weighed it - it might be too much for some people to manage safely.). The feeling of the weight might be made to seem more than it actually is when holding just the glass bowl, because it doesn't actually feel very secure in your hands. When you are using the supporting tray with handles to move the Halogen oven, it genuinely doesn't feel quite as heavy for some reason...

      Anyway, I typically use mine to cook things like Weight Watchers ready meals and things like battered cod steaks or fish fingers. These are the most suitable foods I have found to cook in the Halogen.

      I have tried cooking joints of Beef and Pork (for around 4 people), but to be honest the heat is too intense for the food and it seems to overcook the outside while leaving the inside raw - this is even using the lowest heat setting (temperature can be set between 125 C and 250 C) on the lowest rack. (There are 2 supplied racks, one about an inch of the bottom and one about 2 inches under the halogen lamp). You can't really use foil to slow down the cooking because the fan is strong enough to rip this off if you haven't secured it properly, and also the foil seems very effective at blocking the halogen rays so it takes longer to cook than a conventional oven. This is a bit frustrating because one of the other main reasons I bought the Halogen was to save electricity - it claims to need virtually no pre-heating and therefore cooks food faster. Well if you have to use foil to slow down the cooking this kind of defeats the object!

      Cooking Pork Chops or Chicken Breasts does work well though. If you place them on the bottom rack and set the heat to 125C for around 20 minutes, they usually come out just cooked through and quite moist. The heat from the halogen lamp is so intense that as soon as it starts, you can see the surface of the meat start to bubble slightly, so don't leave them any longer than this, unless you feel they are not quite cooked through. I have also cooked a whole large chicken in the Halogen, and that came out perfect after about 50 minutes on 150C - (remember to always ensure you get clear juices near the bone when cooking whole chickens).

      The Halogen cooks fresh Pizza very well - although there is still a problem with the vigorous fan which sometimes can blow loose cheese around... The worst thing I have tried to cook is cakes like fruit teabreads. These just get burnt on the top and are nowhere near done on the bottom, no matter what setting I have tried.

      I did not buy the accessory set, and I kind of wish that I did. This is only because you get a lid stand which I really wish I had. When you take the lid off, it is very hot because it holds the halogen lamp. Well, I struggle to get food out when holding this lid, because it is far too hot to put down on most surfaces, so when I am serving food it does feel awkward, and the supplied tongs to lift out the racks are not very good.

      All in all, I use my Halogen oven about twice a week, largely because it is too strong for most foods. I usually cook for 2 and with that amount of food in there, you have to keep a close eye or else it could easily be overcooked.

      With practice, I am getting better at using the Halogen, and I wouldn't necessarily say not to buy one. Just be prepared for the weight of the bowl when cleaning and that you have to spend some time getting used to how fast it cooks.

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        09.07.2010 20:55

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        i brought a halogen oven as i was finding my son kept on putting his hands on the oven the halogen is easy to clean and to look after and cooks food well and keep the, moustiour in as well it not only does meets but cakes soups , and much more in iti recomade it to any off my friends it save me time and i can keep it away from my son and dont have to scrub it out to clean it.

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        08.07.2010 18:12
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        i'd only buy it if you're desperate for something that slightly resembles an oven in function

        I bought this online, I live in a TINY apartment and a normal oven just wasn't an option, so, halogen oven seemed like a good idea. Firstly this little oven does sit nicely on the counter, and can be hidden away (i wouldn't bother hiding it on a daily basis but if i have friends and stuff coming over i always put it away in the cupboard because it doesn't look very nice). I would say this type of oven is best to supplement a fully equipped kitchen, and maybe i am slightly biased on my review because this is ALL i have, and granted, it is much better than a microwave but it is nothing on a traditional build in oven. Firstly, try cooking more than one thing at once? dream on....It claims to have 2 levels of cooking, but i've found unless you put food on the bottom it's gonna be burnt in literally about 3minutes or less because the heat that comes from the halo at the top is just too much. Want to bake a cake? think again, you'll end up with a big crisp on top and liquid underneath. So, 'just use foil' i here you say, yes, i do cover most of the things i cook with foil, but it's not always practical, constantly covering things with foil and the fan in this thing is so strong that many a time i have put something in, covered in foil, only to come back when the timer beeps to see the foils been sucked off and is just swirling around under the heating mechanism. I really have had a nightmare with this thing! Another thing is, don't even think about using your old baking trays in this, NOTHING will fit. It comes with 2 wire racks (to act as shelves) and the only thing i have found as a tray is using the bottom ofa springform cake tin, works well enough for cooking chips, chicken nuggets etc. But you can't cook things like biscuits, cup cakes, yorkshire puddings, because you just can't buy the trays for it, and even if you could then probably tops you would fit in 4 servings, which just isn't very economical to turn on a whole oven for 4 little cakes.
        Really i am disappointed with this, having said that it is better than the other option....microwave. It takes alot of trial and error to cook something decent in this contraption. I wouldn't reccomend unless like me, you are absolutely desperate, and even then I'm sure there are some more expensive table top style ovens. Would definitely not recommend for a family, i cook in this for a maximum of 2 people.

        oh and another point...trying to get something out of this oven whilst the sides are scolding hot and trying not to drop your dinner back in...not fun

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