Omnia oven for campers, sailors and at Tinyhouse
Surely you think now: “Oh no not another report about the Omnia oven!” But you don’t think how many people don’t know this ingenious kitchen tool yet. And maybe I can tell you one or the other tip that you don’t know yet.
Especially those who have to look at space and weight, be it in the camper, on the sailing ship or in a Tinyhouse, will be thrilled by this creek oven.
We use the Omnia almost every day in our DUBU, be it for fresh bread, hearty food or to bake sweets in it. Virtually all the traditional recipes you prepare in an oven can be implemented. Of course, the Christmas goose doesn’t quite have room in it, but nothing else stands in the way of diversity.
I would like to share my experiences and some tips with you, but for now we start all over again, for those who do not know the OMNIA oven yet.
The Omnia oven comes from Sweden and has been known since the 1940s.
It consists of three basic elements. The bottom, which is made of stainless steel, is used to distribute the heat. The Omnia shape, which is placed on the floor, is made of aluminium. Then there is the painted lid with the ventilation holes, which I will talk about again below.
ATTENTION: The lid will be very hot (100 °C / 212 °F). So, it’s advisable to always use a pot holder when opening the lid.
With these three basic elements you can already conjure up many delicious dishes on the table.
Heat distribution in omnia
Where can I use the Omnia
It is important to know that the Omnia oven can be used on all types of stoves except the induction stove. I have also seen Omnia ovens above the fire. After that, the oven should only be usable outside for soot.
Various additives such as silicone mould, muffin mould, baking grille, etc. can be purchased. Personally, I bake practically only with the silicone inserts. I bought two of the silicone moulds, one for the spicy, hearty dishes and the other for sweets and bread.
In general, it can be said that there is space for about 500g of flour, so you have an approximate idea of how much you can fill. You can also fill the Omnia up to a maximum of 2.5 cm under the silicone edge, so that a rising dough does not overflow.
Too much heat and problems
In general, each type of stove is different, as is every oven at home. That’s why it’s early on to find out about the temperature settings in the Omnia oven.
You can preheat the bottom at the highest level for 1-2 minutes before place the mould with a lid on it. Personally, however, I never do this and put everything directly on my gas stove. For the first 5 minutes I always bake my dishes at full level and then reduce to a minimum or medium. However, you have to find out something about this with your stove.
Change color is usual
The bottom part is darkly colored over time, which is normal. However, this does not depise the usability of the furnace. The lower part of a dish likes to burn when the heat is too high. For this I have you an exclusive tip that you can try. Place the baking grille in the omnia form and then place the silicone mold on top of it. So the bottom of your dish burns you less, cool gell.
Once you have baked your dish, it is important to remove the omniaform from the ground, as it still gives off a lot of heat and thus the whole thing sizzles even further.
The silicone inserts practically never need to be greased and are easy to clean. If the strong scent of onions or garlic disturbs you, simply add 2 bags of baking powder to the silicone mould, pour in hot water and let it pull. And the smells are gone.
The silicone inserts deform when the heat is too high, but the bulges of the mould decrease after cooling. Under no circumstances should you cut around with a knife or pointed object in the silicone form, but you may like a shape like a Swiss cheese with holes.
Dough in omnia
If you make a dish with cake or puff pastry, it makes sense to whisp out the dough round or buy a round dough. If you only have a square dough at hand, then the lid of the Omnia is a good size template for the optimal dough size. To become a high edge in your dish, add about 5-6 cm in diameter to the lid edge. You can also cut out the central hole with a glass about 6 cm in diameter.
When cleaning all Omnia parts, make sure that you do not use scratching cleaning objects such as steel wool, scouring sponges, etc. In general, normal detergent and warm water are sufficient to clean the omnia. Should still stick something firmly, simply soak in hot water and then wash off normally.
Optimal storage of the Omnia
There are two suitable solutions for this. First, you put the floor in reverse into the shape and put the lid on. Or you do it like me, I lift the lid off and place it on the bottom of the Omnia and thus save a lot of space when stoaging.
A thermometer is not absolutely necessary, but nice to have. In this case, I have made a misappropriation of the right to use it. The outdoor chef thermometer, which I like to link you down, fits wonderfully into the Omnia if you drill one of the ventilation holes a little larger beforehand. The thermometer can then be easily inserted into the slightly enlarged hole and attached to the lid edge from the inside with the kinner nut. It must be said that the temperature of the interior of the Omnia is measured here and not the food temperature.
If you still have questions about the Omnia, you can write me an e-mail.
I hope I could give you one or two new tips and wish you a lot of fun while cooking and baking with the Omnia.
If you are looking for more new cooking and baking ideas for the Omnia, my new book “The Rolling Oven” has been on the market since November and can be obtained from our website.