Using the Racks
Caring for Fan Blade
- The top rack is usually used as a hold down rack when cooking small or lightweight foods.
- Unless otherwise specified, when two racks are shown, food should be contained or sandwiched between top and bottom racks.
- When baking small items, use a foil-wrapped rack that is pierced with a few holes.
- Always place food directly on bottom rack unless otherwise specified.
- Use bottom rack upper position, as a rule, when following your own recipe.
- When cooking individual items i.e. baked potatoes or chicken fillets, arrange around outside of rack. Group lightweight foods together.
- Wiping rack with cooking oil will make cleanup even easier. (Do not wipe lid.)
- When preheating, remove bottom rack. Place food on rack while oven is heating, then replace quickly to prevent heat loss.
- Check fan blade periodically for flatness by spinning it on a flat surface. Bent or warped blades will cause vibrating and/or unusual noise. Gentle adjusting by pushing down on blade (while on a hard, flat surface) should correct any problems. If blade is severely bent and cannot be realigned, call our toll free number for assistance.
- If a recipe calls for preheating, always preheat at 400° HIGH for 2 minutes.
- Start at LOW speed until surface is firm enough to prevent movement.
- Cook on LOW speed and use caution when preparing bacon to avoid steam burns when lifting lid.
- When cooking bacon and eggs, put bacon on bottom rack and cover with top rack (upside down and flat) and place eggs on top rack.
Determining Cooking Times
- Use caution when using cookware i.e. pizza pans with lightweight objects. Use top/hold down rack to add extra weight and eliminate danger of pans levitating and causing damage to fan.
Cooking Baked Products
- Use cooking times in both charts and recipes as a guide. Variables in food size and thickness, humidity, altitude, thawed or frozen and your personal preference for doneness all have bearing on actual cooking times. Experiment and have fun.
- Do not preheat when cooking baked products.
- For best results with baked products, cookies, rolls, etc., use specially designed Baker's Delight Cookie Sheet.
- The unit shuts off automatically upon lifting lid. Lift lid slowly to prevent liner from lifting and grease from splattering out.
- Poke a few holes in foil to allow air to circulate for better heating.
- When food is finished cooking, detach lid and hinge pin assembly and use base as a serving dish. Be careful, as unit will be hot.
As a rule of thumb:
- Temperature will be the same.
- Recipes calling for 425° to 475°f. use 400°F.
- Time will be 1/3 to 1/2 less than recipe time.
- Experiment with fan speed - many foods will set on LOW and once set can be finished on HIGH.
- Roast first half of cooking time with breast down and turn breast up for second half.
Baking Frozen Pizza
- As an option, lightly coat thin meats with melted margarine or cooking oil to aid browning.
- For best results, cover pizza with top rack at level 1.
- For crispier crust, cut hole in center.
- To decrease time, cut large pizza in half before cooking.
- 9" or 10" pizzas work best.
- Works great for heating up leftover pizza - makes it crispy and brown.
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