If you live in a house and are lucky to have a backyard it would be a pity not to use it. These areas are perfect for entertaining and relaxing with friends and family, which is why a lot of people try to bring the indoors outdoors. From having the perfect bar area with comfortable bar stools to having an alfresco kitchen and wood fired ovens, you can easily turn this part of your home into a sanctuary.
Having an outdoor kitchen can make this so much easier for all your gatherings. Having a quality wood fired oven can help you show off your cooking skills and help you discover a range of new flavours. Not to mention that it can add a touch of class to your outdoor space.
Besides being professional and appealing, quality wood fired ovens can reach extremely high temperatures and make it possible to prepare your very own Italian pizza at 450°C within 2 minutes. Unfortunately, this can’t happen with electric ovens. In fact, they are great for cooking anything you want, but only if it does not require a temperature above 250°C.
On the other hand, there is the food’s quality and aroma. Wooden ovens can add a nice smoky aroma to the food which people enjoy a lot, especially when baking pizza and bread. And truth be told, this appealing taste and aroma is impossible to achieve with electric ovens.
When compared to electric ovens, wood ovens might require more cleaning and maintenance. After each use, you will have to remove food residues and clean the ash which can be a bit time-consuming. However, nowadays you can invest in ash vacuum cleaners that can help you collect the ash in no time. In other words, while in the past the maintenance of wooden ovens was hard, that is not the case these days.
Besides tasting better, it seems that cooking in a wood-fired oven is also healthier, especially when talking about fruit and vegetables. Since the temperature of these ovens is much higher compared to an average oven, the produced heat is faster, allowing both veggies and fruit to retain their nutrients and antioxidants. That way your food will be both tastier and healthier.
Besides being better for the environment, these ovens can also reduce your electricity bill. Since a wood oven doesn’t need electricity or gas to operate, this will certainly help you save money and gain food quality.
You can cook a variety of things in these ovens. In fact, anything you can bake in your regular oven and on the grill, you can make it in the wood oven, and it will taste even better. Besides pizza, with the help of cast iron skillets, you can bake literally everything you like, from rice, veggies, stews, soups, fish and any type of meat.
Seasoned potato chips, Italian focaccia, roasted summer vegetables, basque burnt cheesecake and so on. There are lots of recipes available online that can help you create mouth-watering meals.
It’s no secret that people have baked bread in wood-fired ovens for thousands of years. For one reason or another, the bread in these ovens is more tasty and flavoury, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. There are a few types of bread that you can cook in a pizza oven but you should keep in mind that not all pieces of bread/dough can be baked at the same temperature. In order to keep it crunchy on the outside, you should create some steam in the oven before cooking.