About 18 months ago in a bid to create better, crispier Slimming World chips I bought an air fryer and when I was using it loads it was a godsend but recently it’s spent more time in the cupboard than out being used. Recently I had the opportunity to try out a halogen oven* from Domu and I’m going to be quite honest I had no idea about the real difference between that and what I already had but I was ready to give it a go.
What is a halogen oven?
A halogen oven is a self-contained worktop cooking device which can do pretty much all the same things that a gas or electric oven can including roasting, baking, steaming, frying, reheating and defrosting.
Looks wise it’s quite different from our air fryer as it’s see through which I actually prefer as it means you can see how your food is getting on without having to open it up. We have the larger 12 litre family sized model which in all honesty is probably a bit bigger than what we need but it’s good to have the facility to cook quantities if we want to batch cook to have leftovers or we have people round for dinner.
Using the halogen oven
The oven is a large glass dish which sits in the stand and the glass lid has a halogen light on the underneath with a timer and heat switch on the top. In the box there’s actually a lot of bits you get with it including a steamer, a circular baking tray, two wire racks for high and low roasting, a bread rack, tongs, skewers, an extender ring for cooking bigger batches of food and a holder for the lid so it’s pretty extensive.
The oven itself is so easy to use as all you have to do is set the timer and the heat (much like you would with a conventional oven). You don’t need to pre-heat a halogen oven like you do a conventional oven and as the space to heat is so much smaller it cooks food more quickly with chips only taking 20 minutes compared to 30-35 minutes in the oven or air fryer and chicken breasts taking under 20 minutes. This is great but it does mean you’ll need to trial and error cooking as you start, because if you set it for the same time as you would use in the oven and you leave it in the kitchen you will come back to overcooked food.
Because the oven is much quicker to use it uses less energy which is always a good thing especially when you’re only cooking a small amount of items as it’s quite a hassle to warm up a whole oven.
Using it to help me with Slimming World
Using the halogen oven you don’t need to cook with fat like we do with an air fryer as it works more like an oven meaning it’s healthier. To make Slimming World chips in our air fryer for example we’d have to add in a bit of oil for it to cook properly whereas with the halogen oven we don’t need that.
One thing which we like to do as much as possible is have roasted vegetables but I find cooking them in the oven they either don’t crisp up properly or they crisp so much that you struggle to pry them from the baking tray/ foil. But cooking them in the halogen oven was so much easier as firstly I got an all over cook meaning there wasn’t a rogue soggy carrot left at the bottom and everything was uniform. When I’d do them in the normal oven there would usually be ones which had got crispier than the others and me and Luke would fight for these ones as whats better than a crispy vegetable?! If crispy isn’t your thing though you can steam your veg in the halogen fryer too.
Having so much versatility with the halogen fryer I know it’s something that I’m going to get a lot of use out of when trying to cook as healthy as possible.
Have you ever used a halogen oven?