Cooking on an Everhot is different – in a good way!
If you have cooked on an Aga or range that uses radiant heat rather than direct heat to cook, then you’ll have an idea of what cooking on an Everhot is like.
Food is cooked using ‘indirect’ or radiant heat which is emitted from all around its heavy steel ovens and the heat is much more even and gentle. There are no flames, exposed heating elements or fans to concentrate heat in any single area so the result is much more even cooking with no burnt areas from hotter parts of the oven.
Is the Everhot just like an Aga then?
Well, no. The fact that it uses radiant heat is really where the similarity ends since the Everhot is much more flexible and cheaper to run. You can set the temperature of the ovens to match those of an Aga and never change them so cook exactly in the way you do on an Aga, but why would you?. The beauty of the Everhot is the fact that you can independently control some/all of the ovens (depending on the model), and the hotplate too.
Using the Everhot ovens
The smallest Everhot model (60) has two ovens (top and bottom) and the top can be set up to 250 celsius in five degree increments. The top oven is usually used for roasting and baking, but this can be flexible too depending on the model. On the Everhot 60, for example, the top oven is the main oven and the bottom oven is your slow oven or plat-warming oven which can be set up to 200 degrees celsius in five degree increments.
The top oven also features a powerful grill in all models and is great for browning or boosting the oven temperature quickly.
The larger models 100-150 have three or more large ovens, and the 150 has two grills. More information on the models can be found on the Everhot website.
Cooking on the hotplate
The Everhot cast-iron hotplate is also different to the Aga in two ways 1. they are bigger and 2. the main boiling plate is controllable giving you even more flexibility. On all models (except the 60), there is also the option of an induction hob instead of an additional simmer plate – what more could you ask for?
Cooking on the hotplate takes practice if you are used to cooking on gas as you won’t get an instant response. You soon learn to move pans from boiling plate to the simmer plate to vary the heat. If you opt for the induction hob you will get an instant response – especially useful if you turn the hotplate down or ovens off in the summer months.
Find out more about buying an Everhot.