Conveyor ovens have been an integral part of our daily lives. They have been found invaluable not just in homes but also in office pantries and bakeries for long decades. They are so easy and convenient to use in heating foods and baking goodies. But is it really true that the radiation it uses can affect your health when you eat the food baked in it? This and more other questions might be bothering you when you are cooking in your conveyor oven. To help you clarify things about oven cooking, here are common myths debunked. Do not get burned by believing in these misconceptions.
Myth #1: Food nutrients are destroyed
This is a complete opposite of the fact that conveyor oven cooking is the top listed, safest method to cook nutritional food item. Using a small amount of water in steaming food inside the oven will help retain more minerals and vitamins compared to other ways of cooking.
Myth #2: Ovens emit unsafe electromagnetic rays
A correction: ovens use radio waves and not radiation in cooking food. The microwaves photons are not high energy but are less energetic than light. They just use a very bright source of light that cooks the food.
Myth #3: Metals are heated in the microwave
In some cases, a user blames it to too much use of metals in cooking. This is, of course, a misconception because a metal bakeware does not heat up significantly inside conveyor ovens. Other materials such as glass, plastic and ceramics let the heat to pass through them while metals reflect it.
Myth #4: Never use the self-cleaning feature
Conveyor ovens that come with self-cleaning feature are designed to do such function. Before you start to run the self-clean, ensure that there’s enough ventilation by opening the windows and remove charred food as you can. This can decrease the amount of carbon monoxide generated during the process of self-cleaning. While this can be effective, do not fully trust on it to tackle too big of a mess. This can cause you serious problems requiring you to get help from a professional oven technician.
Myth #5: Always perform preheat
Preheating depends on what food you are baking and for how long it will be cooked. Preheat is mostly applicable if you are cooking something with baking powder or yeast. These ingredients will not rise in a cold temperature so a preheat is necessary.
Myth #6: Food is being cooked inside out
You might think that conveyor ovens cook the food inside out but in reality, it’s the exact opposite. They work on the outer layer of the food and the heat is being transferred to the inner parts.