Oven Aire

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Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware produced the Oven Aire in 1992. The unit is a small fan that could be put inside an oven to circulate air and make it a convection oven. The Oven Aire was poorly received, with most consumers not understanding the potential benefits of the device.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Nordic Ware
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 in x 11 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
2007.0034.20
accession number
2007.0034
catalog number
2007.0034.20
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
subject
Household Tools and Equipment
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

I purchased a new-old-stock Oven Aire sometime around 2011. I use it regularly in my baking and I love it. The instructions say that it should not be used at temperatures over 350 degrees Fahrenheit and if it is used either the cooking time or the cooking temperature must be reduced. When I use my Oven Aire whatever I bake cooks more evenly and rises much higher. Breads and cakes come out lighter, fluffier, and thicker, often 2-3 times thicker than if I didn't use the fan. The fan can be lubricated with cooking oil (such as Pam) but really doesn't need it very often. The only downside to this device is that it takes up one of the racks in the oven so you can't cook as much at the same time. I solved that problem by getting an extra rack from an old stove that was junked. Now I have two racks for baking and one for the Oven Aire. I love my Nordic Ware Oven Aire (also marketed as the Nordic Ware Oven Booster) and am always on the lookout for another. This is a great product that I wish was manufactured again. It makes a very noticeable difference in how everything I bake turns out. It is a very nice alternative to an expensive convection oven.

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