The Everhot cooking parts are all independently controllable and ovens and hotplates independently powered, so you don’t lose heat from the ovens when cooking on the top and vice versa.
Hot plate and simmer plate
The hot plate is the larger plate to the left hand side and the simmer plate is positioned to the right. On the majority of models the temperature of the hotplate is set higher, at around 295º, which means saucepans can be brought to a boil quickly and then moved to the simmer plate. Some models have plates with the same maximum temperature – see your manual for details. Other models feature a controllable hot plate and an adjacent simmer plate which is not controllable but gains graduated heat from the adjacent hotplate.
Unlike other range cookers like the Aga the hotplates on an Everhot are completely independent from the ovens and if you lift the hotplate there will be no loss of heat from the ovens and vice versa.
Note: If you leave the lid down for a long time the simmer plate temperature can rise above the set temperature because of the heat transfer from the hot plate. Once you begin cooking the simmer plate temperature will drop.
Everhot control panel
The stainless steel control panel is clearly labelled so it is very easy to use. Each oven and hotplate temperature is displayed and are individually controlled and the current temperature of each element (ovens and hotplates) are displayed. A green light indicates when each area is at the set temperature and this turns red if more heat is being supplied to that area. Find out more about the control panel.
The large top oven is the roasting and baking oven and it will easily cope with a 20lb turkey and features a temperature range of 0ºC to 250º C. Heat distribution throughout the oven is very even, although some people find the back and bottom is very slightly hotter, but there should be no need to turn food during cooking. Place food towards the middle or back of the oven. It’s a good idea to keep this oven at your preferred roasting temperature so it is ready for you when you want to use it. When we first got the Everhot we kept turning it down as we felt we were wasting electricity but realised this was somewhat counter productive. We now run it at around 220ºC most of the time, sometimes higher if we are cooking a large roast.
The two stainless steel shelves are designed for the top oven and are not interchangeable with the bottom oven, and you can place them in any of seven positions. Shelves are clearly marked maximum 200ºC in the bottom and right-hand oven which is why they cannot be used in the top oven.
To fit a shelf, slide the shelf into the slots at either side of the oven. Make sure you choose the equivalent slots on either side of the oven so they are level. Shelves can be cleaned in the dishwasher or by hand with hot, soapy water.
The gentle, moist, all-round heat means food is cooked more slowly and retains moisture and succulence. Since the element is in the bottom of the oven, food placed directly on the bottom of the oven may cook too quickly or burn at the base. The base of the oven is also not designed to take heavy roasting trays.
Ranging from 0ºC to 180ºC (60, 90, 100, 120, 150 models) or 0ºC to 200ºC (110i, 120i, 150i models), the bottom oven is primarily used as a slow-cooking oven. Although on the induction models the oven is more powerful and can be used as a baking oven if required. The bottom oven is usually kept at around 100ºC which is ideal for slow cooking especially as the oven is lightly vented so food can be left for long periods without drying out. You can cook many foods in a casserole at around 80ºC to 100ºC, at this temperature food will not boil, dry out or burn if left and all the natural juices and flavours are retained.
The oven is very versatile as you an turn down to use as a warming oven or turn it up to serve as a second oven if required. On the 110plus model this oven is independently powered and sits at a fixed temperature of 120ºC. If you do turn up the bottom oven to use as a second baking oven remember to turn it down again to avoid increased running costs.
Cook root vegetables (swede, parsnips, turnips, spuds, sweet potatoes etc) on the hot plate, bring to a boil and then drain all but a small amount of water and transfer to the bottom oven to continue cooking.
Right hand oven
The right hand oven reaches a maximum temperature of 120ºC and can be used for anything from plate warming to slow cooking when set to a higher temperature. Once summer begins this is usually the first oven to be turned off.
Warming oven (Everhot 100 series and 150i only)
These Everhot models have an additional warming oven which cannot be used for cookin. This oven uses heat conducted from the adjacent oven to maintain its temperature so is dependent on the temperature of that oven. Depending on the model it will gain its heat from either the top oven and simmer plate, bottom oven or right hand oven. Refer to your Everhot manual for further information.
The grill situated in the top oven is a 2.5kW full-width radiant grill. Once turned on it is pretty much instant and very powerful, taking only around 2 minutes to heat up.
The grill is operated by a timer facility to ensure accurate grilling times, particularly important as it is so powerful, and to ensure it turns off automatically if you forget you switched it on! The timer can be set between 0-30 minutes. Always grill with the oven door closed.
Find out more about adjusting the grill timer (link).
Grill boost mode
You can use the grill to boost the temperature of the top oven quickly. First make sure the oven is on and the controller is not on ECO mode, and that the ‘actual’ temperature of the oven is at least 20ºC lower than its set temperature. To start boost mode hold the top oven ON/OFF button for 3 seconds. The top oven display will then change to OFF, and will alternate between bSt and the set temperature of the top oven. Release the button. The grill light will be ON and the top oven light will be OFF.
Note: you cannot use the grill if the top oven is at 250ºC or the Everhot is in ECO mode.