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OK, I know what you’re thinking. An oven is an oven right… Well at least that’s what I thought before I had the genuine pleasure of using the Samsung Dual Cook Flex Oven (wow, that’s a mouthful). But I was so wrong. If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while you might have seen our old oven. An old and tired appliance used for years when this house was rented. We knew immediately we wanted to change the oven when we bought this house. But, as we’d just bought our first home, got pregnant and had absolutely no savings left, we figured it would be best to wait a few years until we renovated the kitchen.
Three years later and I forgot what it was like to cook in an oven that actually ran at the temperature you set it. Gone are the days of obsessively checking your food every 2 minutes to make sure it’s not burnt. I ruined so many frozen pizzas in that oven. In fact the first time we ate pizza cooked in the new oven it was like a revelation! I forgot that pizza could be cooked in the middle and not rock hard around the outside.
Our old oven actually made me fall out of love with cooking in a major way. I’ve never been really into baking, but I’m a tryer. Every single thing I tried, that oven created a disaster. It was disheartening and I just stopped making anything at all. The Samsung Dual Cook has given me more confidence to start cooking and baking from scratch again. In fact I made bread for the first time (without a bread maker doing all the work for me) for this video (that’s confidence right there.) It was perfect! And delicious. And actually really easy. I’ll link the recipe I used later.
I’ve been making Ollen carrot and courgette muffins for over a year now. The first time I baked them in the Dual Cook they were fluffier and tastier and more evenly cooked. He couldn’t get enough of them! Neither could I! Basically what I’m saying is having this oven has actually made cooking a worthwhile experience again. Rather than something with very mediocre results every time.
I guess for anyone who knows anything about cooking all this is pretty basic. A good oven will cook better food. That’s simple. What makes the Dual Cook really special is the option to cook at two different temperatures in a standard sized oven. This very clever design gives you the option of using the whole oven as one, or splitting it into two. Once the dividing tray is in place you can use the top or bottom oven on it’s own, both at separate temperatures. Another possibility is using the bottom over with the top grill. It gives you so many options if you’re cooking a lot and the ability to reduce your energy use if you’re not.
Most days we’ll use just the top oven, but the more we’re baking the better this oven gets. There’s no need to time our baking around meals. I just pop our latest culinary creation in the bottom oven, set the timer and forget about it. My mother always told me not to open the oven while baking (no idea why – I just know it is bad). But now I can still use the top of the oven without breaking this cardinal rule!
Check out this video of me cooking brunch to see how the Samsung Dual Cook Flex Oven works in practice!