There is nothing better than a large turkey simmering away in the oven.
- The aromas are heaven sent and the look on people’s faces as it emerges from the oven reminds me of Pavlov’s dogs after that bell rings.
The problem is that it takes too long to cook it thoroughly. My solution was to get a new convection oven that shortened the cooking time significantly as that fan in the oven bathes the bird with waves of circulating hot air. But then a terrifying thought entered my mind. If those convection currents can cook that turkey to a brown perfection, what is happening to me as I conserve energy by using a fan instead of the air conditioner on a hot summer day? As it turns out, my fears are justified in two ways. The first way is when the temperatures are hot, and the air is humid. When the relative humidity reaches a certain level, the body cannot cool itself as quickly through sweat. This can lead to heatstroke, cramps, and organ failure unless a cooler place can be found. With hot dry air, a second threat emerges when the outside temperature exceeds normal body temperature. That is when you are like that turkey in a convection oven as the air from the fan dehydrates your skin and heats up what is underneath it. So, it’s okay to use a fan at 80°F, but you will need your HVAC unit running at full blast if the temperature gets above 100°F. To make sure that your HVAC can handle the added burden, people are advised to get their HVAC systems serviced by a qualified HVAC technician before the “dog days” of August turn you into a roasted “turkey”.