Q. I’ve been using a Thermador dual-fuel convection oven for eight years with great results. I’m still amazed at the speed at which Thanksgiving turkey is ready. But, because the fan increases splattering, I clean my oven (self-cleaning, of course) more often than I would a conventional oven. Does frequent cleaning stress my convection oven?
—son of brooklyn, via FineCooking.com’s CooksTalk forum
A. I always go to the manual and check their recommendation for cleaning and care. That may sound boring, but it’s your safest best.
I do find there is splattering with the convection, but I am willing to put up with it as I like the finished result. I often try to time my oven cleaning so that I do it after (not immediately, but before the next use) if it gets really splattered. If I am roasting a turkey or chickens, and will be doing other cooking of pies or cakes, I try to organize it so the turkey or chickens are done last, then clean after that, so the splattering does not get baked on.
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