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Converting Recipes for Convection Cooking

Q. How do you convert recipes for convection?

—cougarino, via FineCooking.com’s CooksTalk forum

A. It depends on what you are cooking. When roasting, I reduce the cooking time by approximately 25 percent and cook at the same temperature. When baking, I reduce the temperature by 25° and check for doneness a few minutes before the suggested time. Convection ovens have a conversion feature that lets you punch in the temp and time for the original recipe, and the temp and time are automatically converted to convection mode.

For more details on cooking with convection, read Susie Middleton’s Better Cooking Through Convection, visit our special section In the Kitchen, and watch a video detailing how convection ovens work.
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