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The TurboChef Cookbook:

A great tool for product demonstrations, the TurboChef Cookbook provides accurate information and settings for a variety of food products widely used throughout various business channels and markets. Many recipes use products made by various manufacturers – ready for baking or heating. Others are “scratch” recipes and require some preparation prior to cooking.

SOURCE
Each recipe specifies if the product comes from a retail (pick up at the grocery store) or commercial (purchased through a broker or distributor for foodservice) source. Using the same product every time will help ensure consistent results.

MANUFACTURER
The manufacturer and product codes (where available) have been provided to further specify the exact product used in each recipe.

For example, don’t assume that the Tyson chicken wings at the grocery store are the same as the foodservice wings. Often the size is varied, which may cause a change in the settings. For best results, use the product specified.

WEIGHT
The exact weight – in both ounces/pounds (for U.S. markets) or grams/kilograms (for international markets) – is specified for every item.

If the product to be cooked does not match a recipe’s specifications, it will be easier to adjust for products of similar weights than those with a greater difference.

STARTING TEMPERATURE
A product’s starting temperature is very important when using speed cook technology. As a general rule, more even heating results when cooking from refrigerated or ambient temperatures rather than from a frozen state. This results from both the way microwaves cook frozen products as well as the fact that freezer temperatures tend to vary more than refrigerated temperatures. If one freezer is kept at (-10)ºF ((-23)ºC) and another at 20ºF ((-7ºC), there will be a difference in the required cook time.

Throughout this cookbook, starting temperatures have been specified. If a starting temperature is lower then specified, additional time may need to be added to the same set of settings. Start by increasing the time by 5-15 seconds, and then testing the product for doneness. If the starting temperature is higher, reduce the time and test in a similar manner.

QUANTITY (PORTION SIZE)
TurboChef Cookbook settings were established for specifically stated portion sizes. If a portion size differs from what is specified, the recipe settings may need to be adjusted.

Larger portions will require more time. Start by increasing the cook time by 10-12%. Then test the product for acceptability.

COOKING VESSEL
The cooking vessel – screen, mesh basket, parchment paper, casserole dish – used and the item’s placement in the oven can impact the final results.

In the C3, items placed directly in the center cook best due to the “shrouding” effect. In the Tornado, larger loads placed in all four corners yield the best results. Single items should be placed to one side.

Precautions to Avoid Possible Exposure to Excessive Microwave Energy

  • Do not attempt to operate this oven with the door open since the open-door operation can result in harmful exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.
  • Do not place any object between the oven front face and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces.
  • Do not operate the oven if it is damaged. It is particularly important that the oven door close properly and that there is no damage to the: (1) Door (bent), (2) hinges and latches (broken or loosened), (3) door seals and sealing surfaces.
  • The oven should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except properly qualified service personnel.

The objective in creating the TurboChef Cookbook was to provide a collection of consistent settings for items regularly demonstrated as well as those used in more specific situations.

COMMON COOKING CONVERSIONS
VOLUMES
 
Teaspoons
Tablespoons
Cups
Fluid Ounces
Pints
Quarts
Gallons
1 Tablespoon =
3
1
.063
.5
.031
.016
.004
1 Cup =
48
16
1
8
.5
.25
.0625
1 Fluid Ounce=
6
2
.125
1
.0625
.031
.008
1 Pint =
96
32
2
16
1
.25
.125
1 Quart =
192
64
4
32
2
1
.25
1 Gallon =
768
256
16
129
9
4
1

WEIGHTS
 
Ounces
Pounds
Grams
Kilograms
1 Ounce =
1
.0625
28.35
.028
1 Pound =
16
1
455
.455
1 Gram =
.04
.003
1
.001
1 Kilogram =
.137
2.198
1,000
1