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Does More Frequent Cleaning Stress Convection Ovens?

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.

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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