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How to Use a Countertop Convection Oven

Countertop convection ovens are manufactured by a variety of different companies, yet they all operate in much the same way. These small ovens allow you to cook meat straight from the freezer and create a number of family favorites in less time than a conventional oven. Some newer models resemble toaster ovens, but their controls still remain the same.

  1. Assemble your countertop oven according to the manufacturer's instructions. For glass and plastic-domed-top ovens, assemble the base and the food rack. For toaster-type ovens, no assembly is required.

  2. Place the food to be cooked on the rack. For dome-topped ovens, place the dome over the base. Attach the power head to the dome, twisting it clockwise into place until it locks securely.

  3. Set the heat level of the oven. This will be similar to setting a conventional oven --- for instance, 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Set the time for how long you want the food to cook. Most convection ovens have a limit of 60 minutes, so if your food will take longer than that, you will have to reset it after an hour.

  5. Plug the oven into an electrical outlet and press the "On" button.

  6. Allow the food to cook until the chime sounds. Remove the food from the oven and, if it's meat, allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before you serve it.