How to Adapt the Convection Feature of an Air Fryer
If this all sounds great and you want to try cooking with your newfound convection setup, we can help! You might think you could put your dish in the oven on the same setting, flip the convection switch, and bake the turkey halfway through the time! Unfortunately, this is not the case. Because the oven cooks faster and more consistently, you will need to make some adjustments to the normal settings if you are using convection cooking. 1. Lower the temperature by 25 degrees First, you definitely want to lower the oven temperature. Many chefs recommend lowering your temperature by about 25 degrees from the traditional setting. Convection cooking significantly increases cooking efficiency, so you don't need to raise the oven temperature too much. 2. Check your food often You should also check your dishes more often towards the end of cooking. You probably won't need to leave it in the oven for too long, so take extra care to make sure it doesn't burn. We always recommend checking your dishes by the oven light rather than opening the door, this is especially true for convection, as this method relies heavily on air circulation within the oven. If you open the door, air can escape, which disrupts the convection process. 3. Don't crowd the oven When using the convection setting, you need to make sure you don't put too many dishes in the oven. It might be tempting to squeeze everything in at once, but trust us - your patience will pay off. Convection relies on air circulation, so if there isn't much else in the oven, it will bake more evenly. The benefit here is that it cooks faster, so you'll have time to bake multiple dishes separately instead of shoving them all into the oven at once. 4. Use low-sided plates and pans Likewise, lower-sided plates and pans will also help with airflow and give your food more room to breathe (I mean cook). Think cookie sheets instead of casseroles if your dish allows it. If you make these small tweaks to your cooking program, you'll find convection cooking fun and delicious.