We all are becoming so modernize and scientific, in terms of cooking that new methods are created to cook food which not only enhances its flavor but also minimizes cooking time. Baking is one of them. Baking refers to cooking food in sealed enclosure. In past, food was baked closed under wooden or stone stove or underground but these days special purpose stoves are available for baking food and those are called ovens. Oven is advanced version of a simple stove. It has the ability to cook food by baking, grilling etc.
An Oven can be operated either by using electricity or gas. Electric and gas ovens are both used for all types of cooking but electric ovens are generally used for baking cakes and bakery items in bulk , while gas ovens are preferred to use for rest of the cooking which includes roasting, grilling etc.
Advantages of Baked Foods:
As far as healthy food is concerned, baked food comes first in this category because baked food items are low in fat. How they are low fat? Just think about the baking environment and you can easily understand why it has low fat content. Baking is done in area which is fully covered and no heat is passed outside until you open its door. So this stored heat helps in releasing natural energy/fat from the food (like meat) and in this way very little amount of oiling is done in the start which is just for triggering the process of baking.
Baked foods are full of tastes as it cooks more within its own oil, so its very juicy and rich in flavor if cooked with accurate time, temperature and measured ingredients, otherwise baked item will become too dry, hard and will not taste good.
Baked food items become more healthy and tasty when baking is done underground. For example baking a mutton leg or chicken. In this process a hole is made around the item which is to be baked and then red hot pieces of coal are placed in it and then the meal is covered for particular time. In this way all the aroma and flavor remains well absorbed and preserved. Keep in mind that any food will remain tasty unless its flavor is not removed.
Now by learning these benefits of baked food, I usually prefer to use it rather than cooking by deep frying and making oily food on stove. Although, we cant ignore the importance of stove cooking but where ever possible it is better to bake your food.