Cooking is the process of preparing food, often with the use of heat. Cooking techniques and ingredients vary widely across the world, reflecting unique environmental, economic, and cultural traditions. Cooks themselves also vary widely in skill and training. Cooking can also occur through chemical reactions without the presence of heat
GENERAL COOKING GUIDE
There are a lot of choices when it comes to how you’ll bake or simmer your dinner. You can have your cook-top and oven in the form of one appliance, called a range, or separated at different locations in your kitchen. Each situation involves a myriad of choices including size, style, fuel source, energy consumption, heating method and added features. The consequences of incorrectly choosing or installing these appliances can be expensive and dangerous. This is one appliance area that you should definitely seek the advice and assistance of true experts. Make sure you find a store that specializes in appliances to help you shop for your new oven, stove, or range.
Ovens can be part of a range or stand alone as a separate appliance. Though this section mostly addresses ovens as separate appliances, many of the same features and choices are available in ovens that are part of a range as well.
Ovens come in three main sizes: single, double and combination. Consider the following questions:
Single ovens are the most traditional model of ovens. They have one door which almost always hinges at the bottom of the oven opening from the top down. Single ovens are great for those that have limited space in their kitchens. However, only one temperature is available at a time, meaning longer cooking times if multiple items must be baked at different temperatures.
Double ovens have two separate cavities. Each cavity can be heated to any temperature independent of the other, allowing cooks to bake food at different temperatures simultaneously. They take up more space than a single oven, but are great for prolific cooks.
Combination ovens are a single or double oven combined with a microwave installed on top of the oven. This provides a very sleek kitchen design by puttingall these appliances in one central location. These units are usually quite large and usually require a custom space in the kitchen cabinetry.