Rarely does a week go by when someone doesn’t ask me what type of oven I have and would I recommend it. So I thought I would write a quickie post on why I love it.
I have had my Falcon Professional cooker for over three years now, and yes, I absolutely love it. Without being too gushy, it’s the best cooker I’ve ever cooked with and it’s my favourite kitchen appliances.
And yes, I love it more than my Thermomix.
My favourite features are:
- gas cooktop, electric oven. I love stove top cooking with gas, I hate gas ovens.
- it’s made by Aga, and I’ve read sooo many English novels where the heroine has an aga that I’ve ALWAYS wanted one. Yeah I know. Luckily it’s a highly respected brand!
- it’s 900mm so I can fit a lot in the oven, which is perfect for those nights I’m cooking a roast/tray of meat and 3 big trays of veg (most weeks I do this at least once)
- the teppanyaki plate – sits across two gas burners and is non-stick. I use this every day, usually for breakfast to cook sautéed mushrooms, eggs, sometimes bacon. Bacon isn’t cooked on it often enough, but you know, trying to be healthy-ish. It’s also great for reheating roasted veg to have with said eggs and bacon for breakfast. I’m big on veggies for breakfast. I hate cereal and toast isn’t sufficient without a decent protein source. And we have chickens so we always have loads of eggs.
- the oven has a gizmo so you can split it in two – one section heats, one section is a warmer. Confession time: this was the #1 selling point for me with this oven as it made it more energy friendly, however I’ve never used this feature. I know, I know…
- five gas burners – this means the teppanyaki plate can fit over two of them and I still have three to use, and I use all three simultaneously a couple of times a week.
- a nifty storage drawer under the oven – whatever you do, don’t store plastic in this! No, I didn’t learn that from experience, but I did burn my finger when I took out a metal tray one day when the oven was on. Silly me…
- there is a version with pyrolytic cleaning (i.e. it cleans itself), however I didn’t buy this version as it was an extra $1,000 and I couldn’t justify it. Every time I clean the oven now my present self curses my past self. Sigh.
What don’t I love about it?
- I forget almost every time I bake that the top element heats hot and many of my cakes overcook on top without cooking through. I need to make the baking temp a bit lower than cookbooks suggest. Or just turn off the top element until my baking is 80% cooked. Yes, it lets you do this.
- changing to the energy saving oven feature – it’s a bit of a pain (why I’ve never used it).
What type of cooker do you have? And do you love cooking with gas too??
Disclaimer: Falcon haven’t paid me to write this, asked me to write this, or anything else at the time of writing. I just thought it would be an easy way of spreading a bit of Falcon love. I bought mine from Brisbane Appliances Sales in Brisbane, in case you are wondering. And yes, I would buy one again. Worth every penny.