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Fisher & Paykel Product Help

Cooking guide

Congratulations on your new purchase. Your Fisher & Paykel oven has a number of features to make cooking a great experience for you:

  • a wide choice of oven functions
  • a convenient Self-Clean function – see ‘Using the Self Clean function
  • intuitive controls and displays
  • illuminated halos around the dials for visual feedback

Before you start

  • Make sure the installer has completed the ‘Final checklist’ in the Installation instructions.
  • Read this guide, taking special note of the ‘Safety and warnings’ section.
  • Remove all packaging and dispose of it responsibly. Make sure all cable ties used to secure the shelves during shipping have been removed. Recycle items that you can.
  • Check that you have all the accessories listed in the separate ‘Quick start guide’.
  • Make sure you follow the instructions under ‘Setting the clock and first use’ in the separate ‘Quick start guide’ before using your oven.

General guidelines

This oven has been designed to utilise its four elements and rear fan in differing combinations to provide you with enhanced performance and a wide range of functions, allowing you to cook all types of food to perfection.

Baking

  • For best results when baking, always pre heat your oven. The halo will turn from red to white when the preset temperature is reached.
  • While the oven is heating up the grill element may come on for a few minutes. This is to enable the oven to reach the pre-set temperature more quickly.
  • Do not open the door until at least 3⁄4 of the way through cooking.
  • Make sure cake pans do not touch each other or the sides of the oven.
  • When baking double the recipe (especially cookies) you may need to increase the time.
  • Your cookware will influence baking times. Dark pans absorb the heat more quickly than reflective pans; glass cookware may require a lower temperature.
  • Multi-shelf baking may also require a slight increase in cooking time.
  • Always leave a space between shelves when multi-shelf cooking to allow the air to circulate.

Shelf Position Guide
Place your baking on a shelf that will have the top of your pan near the centre of the oven cavity.

Roasting

  • Your oven has a dedicated Roast function. This is designed to brown the outside of the meat but still keep the inside moist and juicy.
  • Use the meat probe for perfect results. See ‘Using the Meat Probe’.
  • Boneless, rolled or stuffed roasts take longer than roasts containing bones.
  • Poultry should be well cooked with the juices running clear and an internal temperature of 75°C. If using a roasting bag, do not use the Roast function. The initial searing stage is too hot for roasting bags. Use Fan Bake or Fan Forced and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • When using the Roast function, do not cover your roast, as this will stop the searing process browning the outside of the meat. If you prefer to roast in a covered pan, use the Fan Bake function instead and increase the temperature by 20°C.
  • Cook larger cuts of meat at a lower temperature for a longer time. The meat will cook more evenly.
  • Always roast meat fat side up. That way, basting may not be required.
  • Always rest the meat for at least 10 minutes after roasting to allow the juices to settle. Remember the meat will continue to cook for a few minutes after removing it from the oven.

Shelf Position Guide
Place the meat on a shelf so that the meat is in the centre of the oven or lower.

Grilling

  • This is a healthier alternative to frying.
  • Always grill with the oven door completely shut.
  • If you use glass or ceramic pans, be sure they can withstand the high temperatures of the grill. To avoid piercing the meat and letting juices escape, use tongs or a spatula to turn the meat halfway through cooking.
  • Brush meat with a little oil to help keep the meat moist during cooking. Alternatively marinate the meat before grilling (but be aware that some marinades may burn easily).
  • Where possible grill cuts of meat of a similar thickness at the same time. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Always keep a close watch on your food while grilling to avoid charring or burning.
  • The three-piece grill/roast system provided with your oven (consisting of the pan, grid and rack) has been designed to reduce splatter and smoke, and is therefore ideal for grilling and roasting. We suggest you place meat on the grill/roast rack (on top of the pan and grid) to allow hot air to circulate around it. This gives more even browning and a result similar to a rotisserie.
    On occasions, you may want to use only two pieces of the system. For example, when roasting a large turkey, use only the pan and grid for greater stability.

Shelf Position Guide

  • For thinner cuts of meat, toasting or browning foods, use a higher shelf position.
  • Thicker cuts of meats should be grilled on lower shelves or at a lower grill setting to ensure even cooking.

Reheating

  • Use Bake or Fan Bake to reheat food.
  • Bake function is particularly good for reheating pastry based items, as the base heat will help re-crisp the pastry case.
  • Always reheat food to piping hot. This reduces the risk of contamination by harmful bacteria.
  • Once hot, use the Warm function to keep the food warm.
  • Never reheat a food more than once.
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