AGA owners have long known that AGA food tastes better, but now there is scientific evidence to support their view….
Researchers at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing part of University Lincoln spent 18 months examining the difference between food cooked in an AGA range cooker compared to a conventional appliance.
“Most AGA owners believe there is a difference, but no one had looked at this in detail to try and prove it,” says Dr Wayne Martindale, Associate Professor of Food Insights and Sustainability.
“Cooking with an AGA cast iron range cooker is a simpler, more forgiving process than a conventional oven, where there can be a lot more variability in temperature. In essence, [the AGA] is a more predictable oven and a more predictable oven is one we get to know well. An AGA cooker is less likely to experience variability.
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Designed and made in the UK, the AGA R7 100 offers the iconic good looks you’d expect from AGA with enhanced controllability.
AGA R7 cookers feature a clear, easy-to-use control panel and offer four different temperature settings for flexibility and energy saving, including a low mode and a high temperature option to provide a boost when you need it, such as for festive cooking.
The AGA R7 150 offers three cast-iron ovens with four different temperature settings as well as additional slow-cooking and warming ovens, and two independently controlled hotplates for true cooking flexibility. Available with a warming plate or a one-zone induction hob.
Designed to be left on and always available for use, this radiant heat cooker provides a gentle, cosy warmth and is ready to cook whenever you are.
The AGA eR7 100 offers that iconic AGA design and three cast-iron ovens for radiant heat cooking.
AGA eR7 models are on when you need them and off when you don’t and, like all AGA cookers, can put gentle heat into the room when you want it.
They feature a touch-screen LED control panel offering digital control of the three cast-iron ovens to give more accurate temperature control, and a digital heat indicator that displays when the AGA is heating up and has reached the required temperature.
With three cast-iron ovens, two additional ovens for warming and slow cooking, two hotplates and the choice of an induction hob or warming plate, the AGA eR7 150 offers incredible cooking flexibility with iconic AGA styling.
Designed to provide optimal control, ovens and hotplates can be operated independently. The roasting oven has five temperature settings, and the baking oven has four settings, making it the perfect choice for those who love to cook.
Controllable and practical and with the kind of design values you’d expect, the new AGA 3 Series is the addition you’ll want in your kitchen today and every day. The AGA cooker has long been described as a design icon and this new contemporary model draws strongly on its heritage. It is available in 16 colours, all with the beautiful enamelled finish the AGA is well known for. The AGA 3 Series sets the standard for 21st century cast-iron, radiant-heat range cooking. However you like to cook and whatever the style of your kitchen, you really can make AGA your way of life. AGA food tastes better simply because an AGA cooks better, using gentle, radiant heat to retain the food’s natural goodness and flavour.
The heat steadily radiates through the ovens and hotplates, creating dedicated cooking zones at pre-set temperatures for ease, convenience and stress-free use. Heat is transferred to the cast-iron ovens and released steadily from all the inner surfaces simultaneously.
This unique cast-iron radiant heat cooking is an altogether gentler process than the fierce hot air of other cookers and is the reason AGA cooking preserves more of the food’s moisture, flavour, texture and goodness. Ultimately flexible, 3-series AGA cookers make light work of everything from a weekday pizza to a a roast lunch.
The AGA 60 couldn’t be easier to use. With one control knob for the hotplates and another for the ovens, the cooker has been designed with simplicity in mind. The AGA 60’s roasting/baking oven can be programmed and can have up to three events programmed per day*. They operate using a timer similar to that used for controlling a central heating programmer. This means the ovens can be timed to come on and ready to cook when you are.
*Using the optional extra AGA 60 Programmer.
“I couldn’t be without an AGA. They are brilliant. They are always on, so it tempts you to cook and they keep the house beautifully warmed and aired.”
“It’s a much better way of cooking rather than an open gas or electric hob. In my opinion the AGA cooker is the closest you get to a professional stove. I’ve cooked on an AGA now for 20 years, always at home. But you know something, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have one in a professional kitchen because they’re fantastic things and they are so strong. It’s like having a workhorse next to you.”
“My AGA Total Control is very, very lovely. It’s easy to use, makes food taste delicious and all in all I’m a very happy bunny. It’s great having an AGA Total Control because I can turn it on and off. One of the best things it is that I could stick it in the island because my kitchen isn’t very big. But I also go away a lot, so I won’t be using energy when I don’t need to and that makes me happy.”
“We always eat together, except during the competition season, when Emily and I are away. Then, on a Saturday night, we often do our own thing. But during the week, if we’re not competing, we will always sit together and have supper. I think it’s really important.”
“I think the AGA makes people better cooks; they’re generally technically better cooks because they understand cooking.”
“Cooking with an AGA is fabulous … and allows for little mistakes. And with an AGA, it is so easy to prepare dinner for 10 and still be around for your guests.”
The AGA cooker is a heat storage stove and cooker, which works on the principle that a heavy frame made of cast iron can absorb heat from a relatively low-intensity but continuously burning source, and the accumulated heat can then be used for cooking. Originally heated by slow-burning coal, the Aga cooker was invented in 1922 by the Nobel Prize–winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén (1869–1937), who was employed first as the chief engineer of the Swedish AGA company (Swedish Aktiebolaget Svenska Gasaccumulator, English Swedish Gas Accumulator, Limited). The cookers were first imported to Britain in 1929, and were first manufactured there under licence in the early 1930s. The cast-iron parts were first cast at the Coalbrookdale foundry in the 1940s, where they are still made by the Aga Rangemaster Group.
AGA /ˈɑːɡə/ is an abbreviation of the company name, Aktiebolaget Gas Accumulator.
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