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Are halogen ovens worth buying?

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Posted on 26 Jan 2014 10:57:05 GMT
Bz says:
IMHO : Ideal World are a joke ! Apart from their awful presenters and terrible presentations ( I mean, an per product ... ? ) Their 0871 number which means, I believe 50% of your phone charge goes to them ). Their delivery time - a week before it's dispatched ! Customer Service ... I agree with pix, 'service' is beyond their comprehension. Do I go on ? Compare those features with QVC, Lakeland and Andrew James and you'll wonder why on Earth you've ever watched IW - mind you, some of the new presenters on QVC are equally terrible ( "the louder I shout, the greater the chance they'll buy !" School of training, I think )
End of Rant ! ( well, for today )

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 11:35:22 GMT
pixie says:
I agree Bz....turn the volume down on QVC and just watch the presentation...some good bargains though!

Posted on 26 Jan 2014 16:56:55 GMT
I just read Rob Brydon's book "Small Man in a Box" and giggled about all the mishaps he had when working as a presenter for BSB's shopping channel.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2014 22:13:30 GMT
Bermudagal says:
Brilliant, thank you so much.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2014 23:26:06 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2014 10:05:53 GMT
Denise T says:
Mine is a Andrew Jam and I purchased it through Amazon. Their customer service is second to none. Initially I had to keep remembering it was an oven and not a microwave though!. Takes up a good bit of space in my small kitchen, but I now see smaller ones in shops. Would be lost without mine

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2014 12:27:57 GMT
pixie says:
Me too D M...cooks great chicken and pork.

Posted on 4 Feb 2014 16:19:05 GMT
Bz says:
DM : I know I've mentioned it before, but this is worth the extra £9.99 ( google for "halogen air fry accessory " ) It fits a 'standard' 32cm diameter bowl rim - think of it as an extra extension ring with a gauze insert. I use mine between the extension ring and the bowl so that the chips are not too close to the element. Approx 16 mins @ 165 deg and frozen jumbo chips are perfect ! ( The gauze insert can be removed to clean in dish washer ) copes well with pains au chocolat, too - 3 mins @ 155 degs ! Perfect ! Wouldn't be without it.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2014 17:20:43 GMT
Maggie says:
Thanks for that Bz.i was wondering about getting one of those, so I may get one, have you tried doing non- frozen chips or home made potato wedges? I was wondering if you could achieve similar results to using an air fryer if you shook them from time to time to make up for lack of a stirrer/ paddle. I also wondered about the Quicka Chips oven tray @ £3.95 imagine I could use that on the grill rack with possibly the extension ring in place

Posted on 4 Feb 2014 17:43:57 GMT
Bz says:
Maggie : sorry but I haven't the foggiest about either of those - at least trying raw chips won't cost you much ! Tried them in a 'paddle - halogen' and they were very good - specially with a sticky coating !! ( oil, honey and all-spice etc )

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2014 19:11:20 GMT
Maggie says:
Thanks Bz. I've only just thought about it recently and as you say it's cheap enough to just "have a go", but it's nice if you know someone who's already tried, even if it's only so you know what NOT to do.

Posted on 4 Feb 2014 20:11:35 GMT
Bz says:
Somewhere, I've seen a suggestion that you par-boil your chips before zapping them in your halogen to ensure the centre is fluffy. I suppose it lends itself to bulk/ batch cooking followed by freezing ( on trays ) should you be fortunate enough to have space in your freezer ? Just a thought !

Posted on 4 Feb 2014 20:17:22 GMT
Maggie says:
Sounds reasonable, that would be the equivalent of the first frying when doing "proper chips" wouldn't it . Space - what's that- no matter how I try, my freezer is always bursting at the seals.

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 11:58:54 GMT
Bz says:
Maggie : thanks for the smile ! Your comment about space ! Our chest freezer is full, too ! My wife is convinced an upright would make us be more organised .... Why ? It's in the garage, bought it about 1974 so it don't owe us anything ( a Blue Spot if you're old enough to remember those - the shop has changed hands 4 or 5 times since then ! ) LOL !

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 12:31:37 GMT
Maggie says:
We had one of the very first domestic chest freezers back in 1966. It was about 6 feet long, I used to warn people if they didn't see me for a while to check the freezer in case Him in Doors had done away with me. I used to swear I'd fall in there one day,and it would be an easy fit for me as I'm only five feet tall (and shrinking). We had it for about 25 years- possibly longer. So it owed us nothing. I now have an upright, but it is a narrow one. It's frost free which is great, less danger of me falling in when defrosting...OMG I'd forgotten that particular pleasure. BUT IT DOES NOT HOLD ENOUGH. Still, you can't have everything.

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 14:49:49 GMT
Bz says:
One of our first buys was half a pig, like you did in those days ! The head was in the bottom for ages, waiting for an appropriate recipe I think. Its one eye had the most amazing lashes but eventually it lost its appeal.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 15:11:42 GMT
Maggie says:
It loses it's appeal even more if you take it out months after stocking up, and leave that big pork joint thawing for Sunday dinner. That happened to me once. Believe me finding half a pigs head staring at you instead of the leg pork you thought it was, is not a very happy moment and realising lunch wasn't going to happen makes you very unpopular with the hungry family. Before anyone says I should have labelled it, I did. But back then the labels never seemed to stay on.There'd be loads of them in the frost at the bottom of said freezer, and always, always unreachable by this titch. Another good reason for an upright freezer.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 15:16:00 GMT
pixie says:
My Ex MIL was a great cook...she used to buy half a lamb etc and prepare veg and do the blanching thing...shopped for bargains in Bejam. She made brawn from the pigs head ...not my thang but she was very driven!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 16:05:39 GMT
Bearman says:
mmmmmm.......did someone say brawn? My mum (in her late 80s) still makes the best brawn - I love it!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 19:43:15 GMT
It really depends on the size of your family. I started off with a 12L size but passed this on to my daughter and now have a lovely little 7L oven. This is my 3rd the children have the other two. Are they as good as advertised? Absolutely, in fact I could not now be without one. It is so useful for almost every type if cooking, the running costs are minimal compared to an oven or hob. The halogen reaches the temperature you require in seconds and cooles equally quickly, no wasted heat warming. The main reason I have an Halogen is that I am a dreadful cook, but with the halogen, it's right in front of you. You can see exactly what is going on, unlike an oven where you have to keep squatting or bending (if you remember to!). Could you perhaps start with the small one - more than sufficient for 2 adults, they cost about £30 on Amazon and come with a spare bulb, which many don't. I do not think you will be disappointed. Plus they are a dream to clean, compared to either a microwave or a conventional oven. One life! Live it! Save money & time.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2014 22:38:27 GMT
I'm mega-stressed at the moment (93 year old relative just had to move in with us) but the last few posts have had me laughing out loud and really helped. They've started me reminiscing as well (NOT about WW2 - I wasn't quite around then, but I'm being told all about it - again.... and again ..... and again).

Years ago I took in rescued cats, lots of them. The night before we were due to go on holiday one of the very old ones died, no time for grave digging so into a body-bag (bin bag actually) then into the chest freezer he went.

A couple of days after we arrived home a neighbour, who only knew us by sight, asked if she could put some things in the freezer as workmen had cut a cable and she was going to be without electricity for at least 48 hours.

I explained the situation, said if she didn't mind her food going in with him then it was fine by me. She never returned.

On reflection I understood why, his name was quite unusual so, having been told "Grandad died a couple of weeks ago and we haven't had time to bury him yet, so he's in there, if you don't mind your half lamb bunking in with our grandad then you're welcome to share"


For the purists who think a forum on halogens should not wander off the point - They are great, if you haven't got one then take the plunge and then read this forum back to the first post there are some great tips.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2014 01:15:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Feb 2014 01:52:43 GMT
We purchased the larger sized original halogen approx. 3/4 years ago for our caravan. We wanted something that we could use inside, in which we could produce a full meal, limiting the washing up, but was easy to use as well as being easy to clean. the downside was the separate lid which we found to be a little cumbersome in such a small working area. Needless to say we cook in the awning and not in the van. We use the halogen instead of the cooker.

The machine itself however is great. We manage to cook a whole Sunday lunch, including a rib of beef, when my daughter and her family visit. It takes a little while to get used to, as with anything new and practice makes perfect adjusting your cooking/recipes as necessary. We were so impressed that we purchased a newer model with attached lid approx. 8 months ago. Very useful at Christmas when needing extra cooking facilities.

We are absolutely delighted with our purchase and wouldn't be without it. It's compact yet very versatile and extremely easy to clean. Takes up far less space and is far cheaper than a combination microwave or a new cooker, although need to ensure sufficient headroom for hinged lid version. Some foods are a little quicker to cook but, on the whole find it takes roughly the same time. The difference is that it's versatile enough to be able to cook a complete meal in one go, using just the halogen which, indirectly, saves time and money whilst being able to see what you are cooking at all times!! Ideal for someone living alone - cheaper than using a full sized oven.

Like most products there are always pluses and minuses but that depends on how you want to use it and individual family needs.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2014 01:20:18 GMT
Agreed it's not a lot quicker but is compact, and easy to clean. I am on my second, have had no problems with either of mine (last one purchased from said shopping channel at very reasonable price but unfortunately missed out on latest model by one week) has hinged lid.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2014 01:22:09 GMT
You could but this is far less expensive, easier to clean and doesn't take up as much room if you have limited space. You can also store out of site if not in use and use it outside the home if required.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2014 01:27:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Feb 2014 01:55:47 GMT
It might seem expensive but that depends where you make your purchase, as is the norm. It also depends what you are comparing cost with - much cheaper than buying a new cooker or a new combination microwave whilst being able to cook a full meal all in one glass container, reducing the need for pans or a hob and hence reducing utility costs. It's also far easier to clean and doesn't take up any more space than a combi. It can be found cheaper on the net.
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