The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Pizza Ovens, on Your Quest For the Ultimate Pizza

Any serious chef needs the right tools. This includes the freshest ingredients, the best instruments and of course, a good oven. Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world, and it requires a very special method and special tools to make it just right. Of course, it is possible to make a good pizza n a traditional oven with traditional tools, but for the genuine Italian experience, a special type of oven is needed.

The Italian oven

Pizza is traditionally cooked in a huge stone oven heated by burning wood. This is a very expensive, time consuming and difficult process, but produces by far and away the best pizzas in the world. Naturally, all of this effort isn’t for everyone, so as an alternative I present to you the electric pizza oven. Effective and easy, but at what cost?


Two big advantages immediately spring to mind with this pizza oven; they are faster, and much, much smaller. There is no long wait for the oven to heat up, and it is very easy to get the oven to the right temperature. The electric oven is also much more portable than commercial pizza ovens, so you don’t have to have your whole garden or a special room in your house dedicated to this oven, as can be the case with the immense Italian oven. The size makes it perfect for home use and for caterers. The oven is also specially designed to bring out the flavors in the pizza.


There are honestly not a whole lot of disadvantages to using an electric pizza oven over the traditional Italian model. For a professional pizza restaurant the look of the traditional oven would be a big draw for customers, and it does taste better, but overall the electric oven is a great purchase for almost anyone.

Source by Gertrude E. Folse

How to Roast Meat in an Electric Frying Pan

As well as fried foods like pancakes, eggs and burgers, you can use an electric frying pan to make stews, chili, and even soup. One of the best uses of this handy kitchen appliance though is roasting meat. This is because an electric frying pan distributes heat evenly. An electric skillet is a brilliant backup if your stove stops working and it means you can cook more food because you get additional workspace and using the electric pan means you can cook something else in the oven at the same time.

Also, because you can adjust your electric skillet’s temperature easily, these machines are very good for cooks who are experimenting with temperatures and cooking times for their recipes.

You might like to roast beef, pork, or lamb. Most meats roast nicely and if you are using an electric frying pan to make this meal, you will find the process to be relatively straightforward.

Tips for Juicy Roast Beef

If you want to roast meat for two people, you will need a medium sized electric frying pan. You will need a three to four pound roast, some chopped carrots and onions and some seasonings.

The first thing to do is add a few tablespoons of cooking oil to the electric frying pan. Set the temperature on the pan to 400 degrees F and let the oil warm up. Season your beef with salt, black pepper and any other herbs or spices you want to use. Carefully lower the meat into the electric frying pan and watch out, in case the oil spatters a bit. Brown the meat on every side.

It is important to ensure your beef is very moist while you are roasting it, because this means it will come out succulent and juicy when it is done. You can add a cup of water or beef broth to the pan if you want.

If you do this, you will need to cover the pan, else the liquid will evaporate, and the roast might burn. Turn the temperature down to medium and leave it to simmer slowly for half an hour.

Adding the Vegetables to the Pan

Take the lid off and arrange some chopped vegetables around the meat. You can use fruit if you prefer, or a combination of vegetables and fruit. This gives the roast an exotic flavor. Cook the meat with the vegetables or fruit for another hour, then take off the lid and see whether the vegetables are tender. Beef usually needs half an hour per pound, if you cook it in an electric skillet. Turn it halfway through the cooking time, to ensure it cooks evenly.

Stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part f the meat. If it reads 150 degrees F, it is done. If you do not have a meat thermometer, you can cut into the roast to see if it is cooked through. Let it rest for ten minutes before serving, to allow the juices to redistribute.

Source by Christine Szalay-Kudra