Frankly, I am a bit conservative when it comes to cookware, and had not been particularly interested in infrared ovens, though I had seen multiple adverts in media about their benefits. Having grown up to my mother’s conventional oven cooking, I was a bit skeptical about the claims of Secura 798DH regarding cooking food without much oil. Two months of cooking delicious meals (which even my mother admits taste better than those made on her conventional oven) have turned me from a skeptic to a fervent believer of this simple yet highly efficient infrared oven.
Let me explain the “simple” part first. The main part of the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Coutertop Oven 789DH is the curved cooking arm, which is directly connected to the base. The cooking arm holds the power head assembly which contains the far infrared heating element, the fan and (on the outer surface) the dials, and therefore is the “engine” of the infrared oven. The 798DH model has a retractable mechanism which allows the power head assembly to be raised and lowered as per need. Placed between the arm and the base is the glass container (or bowl), in which the racks and the food are placed. This container can be enlarged using an extender ring to cook large foods like turkeys and hams.
When you turn on the infrared oven, the heating element produces the heat, and the fan spreads it, resulting in efficient cooking, so efficient in fact that oil, which is generally used to facilitate cooking in conventional ovens, is not needed at all. Furthermore, in my experience, cooking times were reduced by half in most cases, and this saved plenty of money in electricity bills as well. If that weren’t enough, the infrared oven bowl has a unique self-clean feature, which has reduced my kitchen cleaning time substantially. Taken together, the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Coutertop Oven 789DH cooks food that is delicious, takes less time to be prepared and requires no oil, while demanding little time for maintenance. It thus keeps the foodie in me and the health freak in my husband happy as we go about our busy lives.
- Capable of frying, grilling, roasting and microwaving almost all foodstuffs
- Can match microwave’s speed while providing the finesse of a high-end oven
- Fast defrosting
- Newly designed fan with digital fan speed control for efficient heat circulation
- Requires little or no oil for cooking, uses “air frying” for roasting potatoes
- 11 liter glass capacity housing ensures that full meals can be cooked using multi-level cooking
- Up to 60% energy used in conventional oven saved due to lower power demand, faster cooking time
- Self-cleaning glass bowl to save the time needed for cleaning up
- 1300W power rating and weighs 9.5kg
How to prepare the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH
As I mentioned in the introduction, the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH is really simple to use, and once you have run a few simple dishes through it, operating it becomes the easiest job in the world. That said, we should keep in mind that all electrical appliances need a few additional measures to be taken for them to work properly. In case of the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH, these preparatory steps are thankfully rather few –
- First off, the packaging should be removed and the infrared oven checked carefully for any residual packaging. Place the oven on a perfectly flat surface, but do not plug in the power cord yet.
- Though this can be done later as well, it is advisable that you wipe the inside of the glass bowl with a damp cloth or sponge. Do not put water directly into the glass bowl since it will then have to be dried out before the oven can be powered up.
- If you like, you can place the extender ring on top of the glass bowl to increase the cooking space. Make sure it is properly attached however, because otherwise heat may dissipate and the glass bowl may become unstable.
- This done, place the power head securely on the glass bowl such that it is completely horizontal. Unless the power head is perfectly aligned, the oven will not work.
- Plug in the power cord now, and turn it on. Use the “preheat” button (explained in detail below) to heat up the infrared oven to full temperature for a short time. This will burn away any excess lubricants inside the oven. This is a one time job that can result in a slight burning smell as the oven gets rid of the lubricants. Hence, unless the smell is very strong or there are any visible signs of malfunction, you should not stop the preheat procedure. At the same time, do not try to touch the glass bowl at any point, since it will be extremely hot during this time.
- Once the preheating is complete, allow the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH to cool down for around five to six minutes. Once the temperature of the glass bowl has fallen to room temperature, raise the cooking head and carefully clean the glass bowl a second time with a damp cloth or sponge.
- You are now ready to begin cooking in the infrared oven.
Cooking with the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH
The whole preliminary steps can be completed in less than half an hour (at the most), and you can then either keep the infrared oven away or begin cooking immediately. In the former case, whenever you are ready, you should wipe the glass bowl once before starting the cooking. Thereafter, if you are familiar with infrared ovens, you can follow your favorite procedure with due adaptation to the unique properties of this infrared oven. For those who haven’t cooked using infrared ovens, I have outlined the procedure I generally follow to produce delicious meals in less time with the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH.
- Once you have wiped the bowl clean, take the four inch cooking rack and place it inside the glass bowl. This rack will always be in contact with the base of the glass bowl (unless otherwise indicated), and most literature on the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH refers to it as the “lower rack”.
- In my experience, optimal usage of the infrared oven’s capabilities is possible if you place the food directly on the lower rack. This is because at this level, the food is not too near the heating element, but receives enough heat and is well ventilated.
- If you like, you can use an elevated wire rack on top of the lower rack for multi-level cooking. Ideally, foods which need to be cooked fast and at high temperature should be placed at the top with foods which require lesser heat but more time being placed below. Since heavier foods like meats belong to the second category, this rule of thumb also helps maintain a decent balance amongst the racks.
- Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, close the lid and push down the handle safety button. Make sure the handle is in a horizontal position.
- Select the timing, thermostat level and fan speed level (more on this in a while). The countdown will begin immediately. As in case of preheating (above), do not touch the glass bowl at any point during the cooking or you may be scalded.
- Once the timer reaches zero, the machine will beep six times, and you can now raise the cooking head or if you like, set another cycle of cooking. Raise the cooking head slowly, making sure that you do not touch the glass bowl or even the base. Using protection, carefully raise the food from the infrared oven and replace/turn the food to begin another cycle of cooking if you like.
- Repeat the procedure listed above till all your food is cooked. Remove the food from the infrared oven and let it cool.
Some notes regarding cooking temperature and the fan
- The default timing of the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH is 00:00 which means that you will have to set a cooking time each time. Default temperature is set to “Wash” or 65 degrees Celsius and default fan speed is high.
- Raising the lid at any point during cooking will cause the heating element to stop working, and timer to stop. The fan will stop if temperature is below 150 degrees Celsius
- If it is not, the fan will keep working at a lower speed to remove the heat that has been built up inside the oven. When temperature falls to 150 degrees, the fan will stop.
- The Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH has a small but clear LCD display with a number of on-screen indicators placed above and below the main timer/temperature indicators.Below the LCD display are a few buttons – Start, Clear, Temp (Temperature), Fan speed, Preheat and + and – buttons for changing the temperature/time/fan speed.
- “Clear” works as a reset button which returns all settings to the default (00:00 time, 65 degrees Celsius, fan speed high).
- After pressing Clear, set the Temp and Fan Speed and press the + and – buttons to set the desired levels. Timer can be set at increments of 1 min up to a (theoretical) maximum of 23 hours 59 minutes. Similarly, temperature can be raised up to 260 degrees Celsius, after which the temperature will return to “Wash”. This is because the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH has been designed to work in the temperature range of 65-250 degrees Celsius.
- This done, press the Start button to begin cooking. The temperature and the fan indicators will turn on as the cooking begins, indicating that the heating element and fan are now working.
- Once the desired temperature has been reached, the temperature indicator will flash. You can raise the temperature by pressing the Temp button and then using the + and – to change the temperature. Pressing Timer and then +/- will cause cooking time to be changed.
- If the lid is opened at any time, the temperature indicator will go off. As mentioned above, if you set the temperature above 150 degrees Celsius, the fan indicator will remain on, since the fa continues working for some time to dissipate heat.
Once you have finished cooking, cut off power and allow the infrared oven to cool down. Once you are sure that it is cool and that you don’t need it again for the day, you can proceed with maintenance.
- The Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH comes with a time-saving feature called self-cleaning for the glass bowl. To clean the glass bowl, take out any racks that may be sitting in it and ensure that it is completely cool.
- Add water up to 4cm or 1 ½ inch level in the glass bowl. Do not add water until it is completely cool, or the glass bowl may crack! Secondly, make sure water does not fall on the lid, since it is not dishwasher safe.
- Put in a small amount of dishwasher fluid. Now close the lid as if you were going to cook.
- Set the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH to default settings, which includes “Wash” level temperature.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes and press start.
- When the timer reaches zero, open the lid, and carefully wipe away soap residues.
- NOTE : Racks and other parts can be immersed in dishwasher for normal cleaning. The power head must never be immersed however, nor brought into contact with any fluids. Instead, it is advisable to wipe it with a damp cloth when the power is turned off and the machine is completely cool.
Glass bowl capacity – 11 liters
Bowl Diameter – 13 inch
Weight – 21 pounds/9.5 KG
The manufacturer offers a warranty of one year on all parts. If you’re looking for more, you can pick up Amazon’s additional two year warranty for $8.81 and three year warranty for $15.17.
- Great cooking time
- Transparent glass body for easy monitoring of cooking process
- Good range of cooking temperature
- Saves up to 60% power needed by conventional ovens
- Good cooking capacity
- Self-cleaning glass bowl
- Slightly better warranty from manufacturer would have been great.
Though I had taken my sister-in-law’s word when buying the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH, I did some research thereafter. From what I learned, most customers were by and large satisfied with their purchase. Many of them claimed that the transparent glass bowl was quite useful for monitoring the cooking process, and did not become yellowish like some lower grade bowls did. One customer praised Secura for providing a detachable power cord which could be stored away separately when not in use. Finally, many customers tried out combinations of the two cooking racks with grills, etc. and found that the glass bowl could handle a good number of combinations, thus ensuring that a number of cooking features were combined in a single cooking appliance. One or two customers claimed that fats and oils tended to discolor the protective grille of the heating element, but others have commented that since the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH does not need much fats and oils, this is not a significant issue.
As you would have realized from this slightly large review, the Secura Digital Halogen Infrared Turbo Convection Countertop Oven 798DH combines fast cooking with efficient cooking in a way few other cooking appliances can. Apart from saving time and electricity bills, this also ensures that excess fats and oils are not needed. Less obvious, but equally useful, is this infrared oven’s ability to self-clean its glass bowl. Combine these with simple and easy to use controls, and you get an infrared oven that is perfect for the modern health conscious homemaker who does not wish to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.