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How to choose an Oven Toaster Grill (OTG) for baking cakes at home?

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How to choose an Oven Toaster Grill for baking cakes at home?

Do you always wanted to buy an Oven but do not know how to choose and what to look for? You do not want to miss out on the essential features and yet get the best deal on your oven!

To make things easy for you while you choose your oven for baking cakes, I have collated few points which will help you out in buying the best oven based on your needs.

 

Why to buy an Oven?

If you are interested in making cakes, cookies, kebabs or even bread at home, then an Oven Toaster Grill will be very handy for you.

I have just the right cake recipes for getting you started as a beginner.

 

What to consider before buying an Oven?

Here I am going to give you six points to consider before you choose an Oven for baking cakes and cookies at home:

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1.  Oven Capacity

You need to answer two questions for deciding this: For how many people are you going to bake? and How often are you going to use your oven?

If the numbers are not high, you can go for small and compact ovens like these.

If you plan on baking more frequently and in higher quantities, you should go for larger ovens like these.

The above listed ones are countertop ovens. If you have enough space in your kitchen or are planning to renovate your kitchen, you could also go for inbuilt ovens like these.

If you plan to start a cake decorating business in the future, I would recommend going for larger or inbuilt ovens.

 

2. Oven Brands and Budget

Ask yourself the question What is my budget?

There are numerous brands but the best ones available in India are Morphy Richards and Bajaj. There are others too like American Micronic, Panasonic, Borosil, Prestige, Lifelong, etc. I have personally used Bajaj, Morphy Richards and Lifelong and would say that Morphy Richards and Bajaj are the ones to go for.

Bajaj is on the cheaper side and fits the bill if money is tight for you. It is also a wonderful product which gives perfect results. Morphy Richards has a better body built and oven knobs for setting modes and temperature. The price is also on the higher side.

 

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3. Helpful Baking Modes

The question you need to answer here is Are you going to need Simple or Advanced levels of baking?

If you are only going to bake cakes, cupcakes and cookies and if your budget is low, go for smaller capacity ovens as they only have a single baking mode.

But if you plan to make bread, kebabs or grilled dishes, go for ovens with the rotisserie option as they will give you a better baking experience as they have dedicated baking modes for these dishes.

 

4. Temperature Settings

Few ovens have different temperature settings like the maximum temperature available in few ovens could be 230 degree Celsius to 250 degree Celsius. So you have to choose according to the maximum temperature you would be needing.

Generally for all baking, 230 degree Celsius is sufficient. Higher temperatures are required for baking red meats/pork.

Larger ovens have the fan option to circulate air inside the oven to ensure even cooking.

5. Timer Options

Ovens have a timer on them which we set according to our recipe requirements. Few ovens have a 1 hour plus timer whereas few have 60 minutes long timer. Nevertheless, all ovens are equipped with a “STAY ON” option so that the oven keeps baking and does not stop until you make it stop.

Do you want a dedicated timer when baking for more than 1 hour?

Suppose you are baking a recipe which mentions the baking time as 1 hour 10 minutes. You could manually extend the timer after an hour is over. But if you have a dedicated timer, you could directly set it for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Generally an hour long timer is sufficient for all of your baking unless you want dedicated timer settings which I feel are unnecessary and could be done without.

Choose oven for baking at home

6. Rotisserie Add-on for Grilling

This one is an extension of point 3.

Do you want to grill vegetables/meat in your oven?

If yes, then go for ovens which have the Rotisserie function available with them.

With this function, you will get even grilling of meat and veggies. There is provision for grilling in smaller ovens without this function. I tried to make Vegetable Kebabs once in my smaller oven which did not have the rotisserie add-on and the result was not as good as with the rotisserie.

 

So to sum it up, here are the five questions you should ask yourselves before you choose an Oven for baking cakes, cookies, kebabs at home:

  1. For how many people are you going to bake and how often are you going to use your oven?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. Are you going to need Simple or Advanced levels of baking?
  4. Do you want a dedicated timer when baking for more than 1 hour?
  5. Do you want to grill vegetables/meat in your oven?

 

So if you are just starting out to bake cakes, have a small family of 2-3 people, and are not interested in grilling, then this would be a perfect addition to your kitchen:

This does not have a Rotisserie add-on and can be used to make cakes, cookies and bread.

Below is a Morphy Richards 18 Ltr oven which has a Rotisserie function too if you want a small oven with Rotisserie:

 

If you plan to bake more frequently and have a large family, then this would be perfect for you

Answering these questions will help you choose an Oven Toaster Grill for baking cakes, cookies, kebabs and much more.

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Happy Baking!


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