Do you want to learn the art of baking? Well, that’s good to know because there are very few Indian Moms who are curious to learn baking too along with regular cooking.
Even I get bored out of just cooking spicy dishes that is why I ran out and mastered the art of baking in an OTG Oven. If you want to conquer it too, make sure you keep reading my blog OneBoredMommy.
But make sure you do have a good OTG at your home using which you can experiment the same as I do. You can also go for a solo microwave. But you must read this guide on solo microwave vs OTG oven to find which is the best option for you. Now, Let’s begin!
Basics of Using an OTG Oven
Baking in an OTG is a professional task that can be only mastered when you dedicatedly spend your time experimenting on your OTG Oven.
If you are serious about learning the art of baking, you must read this complete post as it is a complete dedicated guide on the Basics of using an OTG Oven for Baking.
Selecting an OTG Oven
Most of the OTG Ovens in the Indian market are good enough for you to start learning the basics. But if you want to go from a beginner to an advanced level, you have to research and select the right OTG Oven for your needs.
Do you know what is the main difference between a microwave oven and an OTG Oven? Let me tell you, basically a microwave oven has a convection fan installed in it which distributes the heat inside of the oven.
Whereas in the case of an OTG, there are two filaments installed, one at the top and the other one at the bottom that allows the even distribution of heat inside the cavity.
Also, these days, a lot of OTG ovens come along with convection fan features too, so if you want the availability of the convection features too, go for the model that comes with it.
If you are a complete beginner at baking or using an oven, you might be wondering what is preheating? Why do we have to preheat an oven for baking? Well, here’s a quick answer for you.
Basically, when the OTG is set to off, the temperature inside it is the room temperature that is outside of the cavity too. There’s no major difference between the temperatures.
A lot of baking and cooking recipes need the oven to get heated at a certain temperature before you put your dish plate in. Whereas there are some recipes available too that you can prepare in a cold OTG too, you can place your dish before heating the oven.
But as most of the dishes require a certain temperature, I highly recommend you to preheat your oven for at least 15-20 minutes before preparing a new dish in your oven.
Basic Baking Rules
Before you begin to bake your first cake or cookie, you must know some basic rules of baking and using an OTG. Here is a quick overview around what are the important things that you must keep in mind while baking.
- Always double check the temperature at which your recipe needs to get cooked.
- Make sure to preheat the OTG depending upon the dish you’re preparing.
- After preheating, quickly open the OTG and place your dish inside.
- Stay cautious while using OTG, as it becomes very hot.
These are the basic things that you must know before baking your first recipe inside your OTG Oven. Also, if you really want to master using an OTG Oven, I recommend you to follow popular blogs like The Vanilla Bean Blog. That’s what I used to follow when I was into my learning phase. I hope these tips were helpful for you to learn the basics of using an OTG Oven. Happy Baking!