All ovens in an AGA range cooker are not only deceptively big, but you can use virtually every square centimetre. This is because you can slide tins onto the runners, stack up to seven pans in the simmering oven and cook on the floor of the oven. The AGA cooker’s ovens are big enough to hold a 28lb turkey. Although the doors look small- the oven is likely to be much bigger than anything else you have experienced; look at one of our large Roasting tins in your local AGA Shop if you have any doubt about the oven sizes.
With a number of ovens and two hotplates at your fingertips cooking for a large group of people isn't a problem with an AGA cooker – and here's an idea of the number of people you can feed with each cooker:
2-oven AGA cooker – up to 8 people
3-oven AGA cooker – up to 8-10 people
4/5-oven AGA cooker – up to 12-14 people
Every experienced AGA owner will tell you how conservative these numbers are and will tell you tales of catering on occasion for dozens of people from their AGA, no matter what the size!
Cooking on an AGA is different to cooking on a conventional cooker but really isn't difficult. The AGA is a really instinctive cooker and we often hear about people cooking on an AGA who have never cooked at all before! We know the lack of knobs and dials on an AGA cooker can be a bit off putting but you can cook everything on an AGA that you can cook on the best conventional cooker - often quicker and it will taste as good, and often better than you are used to.
The great thing is that you have every temperature available all the time so you can cook lots of different things at the same time. As a general rule, the higher up in the oven something is, the hotter it is. So if something is cooking too quickly you just move it down. If it is cooking too slowly, you just move it up!
To make it even simpler, once you know the best place to cook an item; that is always the right place to cook it. As the ovens are at a preset temperature, you get really consistent results - just by putting the food in the same place each time. With a cooker with knobs and dials you need to adjust, there is always the risk of a variation in temperature each time you cook.
There is so much you can do with an AGA; whether you are a gourmet cook or just want to cook ready meals, or are anywhere in between. The simple rule of AGA cooking is that you cook by positioning in the ovens and by timing: it really is very hard not to get superior results, all because the ovens cook using radiant heat from the cast iron walls of the ovens.
Your local AGA shop has regular demonstrations and one to one cooking sessions to show you how to get the best from an AGA and help reassure you that it really is very easy to use an AGA cooker.
Each new AGA cooker is made from a large proportion of claimed iron, including old cast-iron cookers, drain covers, etc. We actively encourage AGA owners to trade in their old AGA cookers so every new AGA contains cast iron from old AGA cooker!
The AGA Total Control and AGA 60’s ovens and hotplate(s) can be switched on and off independently, meaning the AGA only works hard when you want it to. The AGA Dual Control also features hotplates that can be turned on and off as required. All of which means you can reduce the running costs of your AGA should you want to.
An AGA cooker can also do the same jobs as many of your domestic appliances more efficiently, which could help you reduce your domestic energy usage. Another thing to keep in mind is that the AGA cooker is built to last for generations. AGA is dedicated to developing more efficient energy sources including programs using micro-generated electricity such as wind, solar power and heat pumps.