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How Does an Aga Work?

An image of a pile of potates in a kitchen, next to a cooking pot.

Way back in 1922, the first heat storage cooker was created. By 1929, manufacturing was underway to bring this design to the masses.

Agas are loved up and down the country and last for many years, passing through the generations. So how do Agas actually work? Let’s take a look.

Do I need a Conventional Oven With an Aga?

No. If you have an aga, you will find that you can perform all of your cooking using only this. Some very large kitchens may have both and this will help if you regularly have to cook for large groups of people. There is, however, no need to install a conventional oven if you have an Aga.

Elements of an Aga

Boiling Plate

Agas come equipped with a large boiling plate and a separate simmering plate. The boiling plate can bring food to the boil quicker than many kettles can, and make cooking a breeze.

Aga hot plates have covers which prevent unnecessary heat loss. These covers will feel warm to touch but the plate underneath will always be ready to use. Newer models have an on/off switch for all separate plates and ovens so you can save on your energy bills.

Roasting Oven

The size of the ovens on an aga are typically equally large. As the name suggests, the roasting oven is used for roasting food and can hold meat up to 13kg (28lb).

Baking Oven

Agas are great for baking as they hold their heat, meaning you can take a peek at your creations, without risk of letting too much heat out of the oven. The baking oven will maintain a steady temperature to ensure an even bake, perfect for bread, biscuits and cakes.

Simmering Oven

The simmering oven will slow cook your food, meaning you can pop your dish in before you leave for work and have it ready by the time you come home.

Warming Oven

Warming ovens come with every 4 or 5 door aga. The warming oven may be used to keep food warm when you are cooking various courses, or to store plates before serving. The warming oven will not dry out your food, but will keep it fresh and warm before serving.

Cooker Solutions

If your conventional oven has suffered a fault, please give us a call. We’ll identify the issue and carry out the repair to get you back on track. We have appointments available 7 days a week to suit your schedule. Call 0203 478 0883 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly.