Below are several of our most popular AGA Cooking Tips to help guide you in the kitchen! These tips are for all cast iron AGA ranges.
The Aga Cooker Rule Number One — if it takes more than 5-6 minutes, use the ovens! To take full advantage of radiant heat, only use the top hotplates for starting foods. Use the Roasting Oven for frying, grilling and sautéing.
For energy conservation and safety – Remember to keep the hotplate lids down as soon as you’ve finished cooking.
Timing food – AGA owners love the West Bend Triple Timer which will time foods in three ovens at once! Since food cooking in the ovens doesn’t omit any smell inside the house, a timer can be your best friend and has saved many fabulous creations from being forgotten. Also, consider keeping a stash of bright post-it notes in the kitchen and placing them on the oven door as a reminder of the food in the oven.
For the fastest cooking time – Cookware with a thick, flat bottom works best as it ensures complete contact with the hotplates. Cookware with flat lids and recessed handles also allows you to stack pots in the oven, helping you get the most of your oven space. We carry cookware specifically designed to be used on the AGA.
When removing food from the ovens – Be sure to open the door all the way or use a set of mitts that go up to the elbow. The cooker is so well insulated that it doesn’t lose heat with the door open and the longer mitts will keep you from inadvertently touching the hot insides or the doors of the ovens.
Careful, hot! Be cautious when handling pot handles and lids as they will be hot when they come out of the oven. Always use a pan handle cover or a pot holder. And since we often put plates and serving dishes in the cooker to keep them warm before serving, be sure to warn children and guests.
Quick and easy coffee – Find a new home for your coffee maker and purchase a French press. Simply bring water to boil on the Boiling Plate, pour it over your coarsely ground coffee and steep for a minute or two before using the plunger. Voila, a great cup of coffee! Keep your freshly brewed coffee warm by placing it on the Warming Tray or in between the hotplates.
Toast three ways – If you prefer your toast soft on the inside, try toasting it directly on the Simmering Plate. For toast that is dry all the way through, preheat your toaster on the Boiling Plate. Insert your bread into the toaster and return to the Boiling Plate, turning over once. Toast can also be done in the roasting oven on a baking tray – and you won’t even need to turn it over!
To loosen jar lids – Place them lid-down on the Simmering Plate for 30 seconds, cover with a cloth and unscrew.
Simmering oven tip – Make sure not to completely cover the entire bottom of the simmering oven with your pans or sheets, but rather place them on the lower runner. This tip only applies to this oven.