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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 10:55:22 GMT
Fenman says:
All elements are very prone to damage when hot, so treat them with extreme care. DO NOT bang them about.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 12:33:29 GMT
pattie says:
had mine from shopping channel when my bulb went they sent me new lid free of charge

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 12:36:11 GMT
pattie says:
i love mine have been using one for 2 years now have one in my home in thailand as well as ovens arn't used over there is great for cooking the sunday roast roast pots and yorkshire puds

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 13:52:58 GMT
glyn says:
i swear by it and use it for evrything

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 17:08:57 GMT
Ms Routledge says:
I bought an Andrew James halogen oven via Amazon, after reading reviews, which were in the most part favourable. It has every accessory you need and i have not looked back, i am very pleased with my purchase. I have also bought several of the halogen cookbooks via Amazon too ,they are good too.

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 16:10:51 GMT
Grannie says:
I have had my halogen oven for years--but in a cupboard ! After many unsuccessful attempts at cooking anything, I gave up. Food either undercooked or overcooked. Recipe book is useless. I bought a combination microwave instead.

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 18:03:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2012 18:04:35 GMT
Well I bought one and have to say they are good. But you like instant heat? Do you regularly defrost? If yes, then these are not for you....! You have to heat up the oven first but if you like to save on lost calories, like to see your food cooking, dont have space for a regular oven (which I have but hardly ever use) and dont defrost regularly, then you can ditch the microwave and go for this. They are not time saving...labour saving, calorie saving (no wasted extra calories for loads of oil etc) they are but they take the same time as a regular oven plus at least 10 mins heating up time. But, I would not be without one now. Can't say I agree that they are a nightmare to clean...why? The glass bowl which constitutes the oven is easily washable (in Dishwasher too) and if you are cooking fatting food, cover it with a glass lid so it doesn't splash the lid (with the heating element). Really, it is not difficult to keep it clean!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 06:34:05 GMT
polegate says:
the oven does NOT have to be heated first only on a few recipe's, and I have had one for years

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 06:35:01 GMT
polegate says:
sell it on ebay

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 09:02:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2012 09:56:04 GMT
Gbparkinson says:
ok if not using very often,element soon burns out if its for everyday use,had three and would not get another

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 09:02:39 GMT
New to DSLR? says:
The first thing we tried was a chicken after reading other peoples reviews but ours was a disaster it wasn't cooked in the middle. We tried again and this time pulled the legs away from the chicken so it could cook better. It was the tastiest moist chicken ever. The recipe book that comes with it useless, it doesn't always tell you which height rack to use and cooking times are out. I use it practically everyday now. Makes lovely scones, cheese straws and mince pies and they are so quick.
For the cripsiest roast potaotes boil them until they are cooked, cover lightly in oil and season, place on the top rack at 250c. Cook until brown then turn over. My family love these with their Sunday roast.

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 21:54:26 GMT
A. Edgington says:
Plus points
A good cheap alternative to an oven (most of the time)
Good at doing the things that a microwave can't (I used mine mostly for oven chips which turned out really good)
Minus points
It won't do everything so you do really need an oven as well
You have to find somewhere to store it if you don't have a large kitchen with lots of worktop space
Cleaning is a nightmare. Dark oven walls hide a lot of muck, with this nothing can hide - you see everything.
Once it gets stored away (as it inevitably will do) it's too easy to forget about it.

You'll either use it regularly (and have a large kitchen and dishwasher) or you'll end up giving it away.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 22:08:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2012 22:16:13 GMT
Bz says:
To 'New to DSLR' : Medium sized Chicken : check for plastic bag of giblets in the cavity, remove ! Insert 1 or 2 halves of small lemon and <ditto> small onion. Place chicken on low rack ( breast down) for 20mins at 240deg. Carefully turn chicken (breast up) with legs untied ( so that the inner thighs are exposed to heat) for approx 45mins at 210deg. The last 15mins - you may need to wrap the lowest part of the legs in foil.
Always use a temperature gauge to check thorough cooking.
Finally, remove the cooked chicken and leave to stand before carving ( about 10 minutes.)
[ Clearly, these timings for the final stage of 45 mins is an approximation, the weight/size of the bird will determine timing - rely on your thermometer ! Be prepared to raise temp by 10deg for an extra 10mins or so, if juices are still running red]
I must thank Sarah Flower's Everyday Cookbook for this method - for me it worked first time ! Succulent !

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2012 06:50:33 GMT
polegate says:
Good recipe, I have done it myself

Posted on 10 Feb 2012 10:09:45 GMT
Clever Spud says:
@A Edginton - I just reviewed a Russell Hobbs oven a couple of days ago and you exactly mirrored my own opinions about large kitchens and dishwashers! (Both of which I wish I had sometimes)

About stuffing the chicken with lemons and onions and whatnot - my theory was that having the chicken as open as possible would aid cooking, allowing the heat to circulate inside the cavity as well. But I only ever cooked one chicken in the thing and it was delicious.

I'm probably going to be amending the review I did, because I wasn't a huge fan but the more I think about it, the more uses for it I'm coming up with. But it'll take a couple of weeks to try some stuff. I'm planning on making a pan pizza in it - just waiting on my Circulon cake pan to arrive.

Speaking of pans - not exactly spoiled for choice. I was looking at this:

Baking and Steamer Trays for Halogen Oven Cooker

Steaming and baking trays from Andrew James - anyone used these?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 12:33:44 GMT
hi i have bought two of these ovens and yeas they are value for money as you can't put tin or metal inside a microwave you can with this item. cook meat better than jackets potatoes, and other food. pizza taste great too. well worth it. expecially at xmas time

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 12:35:21 GMT
yes i brought mien from ebay with everything included and cheaper to from the TV shopping sites
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Posted on 10 Feb 2012 13:48:34 GMT
Bz says:
Clever Spud : sorry, brevity etc caused omission of 'don't stuff full, allow approx half the cavity to remain exposed' etc.

As for the trays from Andrew James - make sure of the measurements ( obvious, but in my usual rush I ordered the wrong size but they swapped them by return of post ). I was impressed by their prompt service. The trays were fine, by the way - don't expect Teflon quality non-stick, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 14:14:26 BDT
I have a Robert Dyas one, but can't get the toast brown - how do you do that?

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 23:48:16 BDT
akhull says:
looking for another make had two jml one lasted 10 months agros wanted to chage me more as gone uo bought on special offer,

now the second one gone two years with only one person using it not good i feel poor quietly

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 23:55:22 BDT
akhull says:
what make is this one with hinge lid had two jml not lasted

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 08:58:16 BDT
pixie says:
Take a look at the "Ideal World" shopping channel on here. They have a great deal on at the moment and the lid is hinged.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 13:04:38 BDT
Allan T says:
I happens, some makers fail to mention that a new bulb will mean a new unit. That's why I bought an Andrew James oven with a spare halogen bulb and a 2 year warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 13:10:45 BDT
Allan T says:
Make sure when you buy an oven that the halogen bulb is replaceable otherwise will need to replace the whole head at significant cost. Some maker fail to tell this. I bought an Andrew James oven with a spare bulb included in the price and a 2 year warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 14:45:26 BDT
Allan T says:
Beware. Whatever you buy. be sure that when and if the Halogen bulb blows, you can buy a replacement and fit it yourself. The makers of some ovens neglect to tell customers that if the bulb blows then it's a new expensive head unit because you cannot buy a new bulb. The only make that I know of is the Andrew James that includes a spare bulb for you to fit.
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