Stove Top Baking

Stove Top Baking

No oven?  Figure you can’t bake? Actually, you can!

With a special pan — called an Omnia Stove Top Oven — you can have real baked goods over almost any type of stove burner — gas, electric, kerosene, alcohol or even a camp stove.  And it can be used on a grill, too.

Now, admittedly, you’re not going to roast a turkey in one.  The baking pan is a tube pan, fairly similar in size to a Bundt pan or angel food cake pan.  It’s great for pizza, cakes, bread, quiche, casseroles and more — and I’ve even baked a cut up ham and chicken pieces in mine.

For years, people have tried to bake in Dutch ovens and pressure cookers, with less than ideal results.  Often, food would be soggy as it was more steamed than baked, and frequently the bottom would burn while the top was still raw.

The difference with the Omnia is that it was designed from the beginning to bake.  You’re not trying to use a pan designed for something else and then find “work arounds” for all the problems.

If you’ve heard enough and just want to get one, here’s the link.  Otherwise, I’ve written several articles on the Omnia and they are listed below.

Want to know more about the Omnia?  Check out my articles below:

Recipes for the Omnia — sized to fit and with directions to help you learn the techniques:

Not convinced and want to try other methods of baking on the stove?  Here’s what I’ve learned:

Comments

  1. I used my Omnia this summer. My Omnia is perfect to make bread in the morning and some dinner meals on a gas stove. I need no ovn in my pantry, when I’ve got my Omnia :-)

  2. Kristi Cilles says:

    I have a Coleman folding oven which folds down to 12″x12″ and about two inches thick. I absolutely love it for camping (one of my best camping additions!!) but wondered if any other Boat Galley fans have used it on their boat? And could offer any tips for using it safely? I could imagine it being unwieldy in rolly anchorages?

    • Bob McDowell says:

      Yes you can use the Coleman camp oven on board. Please use caution and make hold-down hooks as it is heavy. Our girls 4th birthday cake was baked enroute to Hopetown Harbour in the Bahamas and other than listing to port it was a great success.

  3. Jamie Larson says:

    We live on 35ft Sailboat and purchased the Omnia oven and it has been the best. We both enjoy cooking in it and use it often. It stores easy and I would reccommend this to anyone who needs an oven.

    Thank you!
    Jamie Larson

  4. Hi, I am new here and new to cruising (about to buy our first boat and live aboard). Carolyn, this site is simply amazing. I did have a question though, what sorts of things can you not bake in an Omnia? I never bake on land other than roasting some veggies and the occasional bread, so I was wondering if I even need my boat oven, if I could use it for storage instead. Thoughts? Thank you!

    • You can bake most things in an Omnia — what you can’t is really more a matter of what won’t fit. Say, a whole turkey or even a whole chicken. But a cut up chicken or ham will fit. Instead of true lasagna with long wide noodles, I make a lasagna casserole with shorter pasta that adapts to the ring shape better.

      If you really don’t bake much, you might be happy without an oven. I know of some cruisers who got rid of their oven because they just never used it. For me, I use my oven not quite every day but pretty often. It really is a matter of personal preference!

  5. Stephanie Kershaw-Marsh says:

    I’ve been experimenting with stove top baking just lately. I use my pressure cooker (without the weight and gasket) as an oven and have successfully produced three loaves of bread, a chocolate cake and a sultana cake within the last week. The bread is the best that I have ever made, lovely texture and flavour, the cakes are light and just moist enough. The next project is a rich fruit cake for Christmas.

  6. My husband and I have been living aboard our sailboat for nearly four months, and are preparing to set out cruising in just less than a year. The Omnia sounds awesome – I’m really impressed with your creations! My question is whether there is any reason to purchase one IF you already have an oven on board (e.g., less propane use), which we do. Thoughts?

    • In that case, assuming the oven works well, the only reason I’d get the Omnia is if you want to bake on the grill to keep heat out of the boat in a hot climate. Our boat had such good ventilation that baking heat was quickly dissipated, but I know some boats retain cooking heat forever.

      I don’t think the Omnia uses all that much less propane. Maybe a little, but my overall sense is that it’s close.

  7. LaMarr Harding says:

    You rave about the Omnia stove top oven, but there are a dozen different brands of stove top oven/roaster pans with baffles and vents. Have you ever tried one of the others “As Seen on TV”? And if you have how would you rate them? Seen quite a few different ones in second hand stores.

    • I’ve never seen anything that works the way the Omnia does. There are some “potato baking pans” that do okay, but they tend to be small. I’ve tried many of the ones that are marketed for camping and don’t like them nearly as well.

      Without actually seeing what you are finding in second hand stores, it’s hard to say for sure . . . but I’m betting there’s a reason you see so many of those other ones being gotten rid of :)

      • LaMarr Harding says:

        Thanks for your reply. They had a Turbo Cooker and a Convectionaire at the Senior Center Thrift Store. I got the smaller Convectionaire. Internet said it was only trade marked from 2000 to 2009, I couldn’t find the Turbo cooker on the internet. Baked three large bisquits in about 20 minutes of a very low flame. It gave off very little heat.

  8. It is so easy to use! Carolyn showed me how when she visited and I made corn bread and Beer bread and both were good, just a little oddly shaped (like a bundt cake) and things don’t really brown. But the taste was wonderful. Great for me because my oven doesn’t work very well.

  9. Have you ever tried a solar oven? Works great at anchor- but a little hard to use on passage. Best thing is that it doesn’t heat up the galley!

  10. Would anyone be able to give the exact dimension of the Omnia Oven. Many thanks.

  11. i bought one, though it was not the brand you specify. made in china….and the exterior paint burned and smoked like heck….good thing we had the good sense to try it at home in our outdoor kitchen first. moral of the story….don’t go cheap!

  12. I have an oven but also an omnia because it’s great for baking when you only want to do a small amount. Whilst I can’t measure it it must save propane because I don’t have to heat up a whole big oven for 3 sausages!!!

  13. Iain it’s funny, I was just going to write that I got the Omnia as I had a mental block about using the oven, which I’ve finally overcome for baking, so I thought about getting rid of mine…but that’s an excellent point you make about saving on propane, I’ll hold on to it!

  14. I love mine!

  15. Hi from Finland!

    I found this Omnia works nicely when your holidayhome is caravan too. There are caravans with oven, but normally not. I bought my Omnia as soon as we started our caravan life, but kind of forgot it in the cupboard. This summer we travel more and I found it again. I love cooking everywhere. I looked for recipes and it brought me here, to Galley! My head is full of ideas after reading Carolyn’s writings. I’ve been really happy with my Omnia. There’s no “extra” space in caravan and things you carry along should be light. So this is one brilliant idea for food lovers.

    Just have couple of questions for you Carolyn. We use metric system in Finland. Are the amounts american or english thinkig of converting? And do you know is it possible to download your cook book for iPad here in Finland? As it would probably be great in our caravan too!

    Summer greatings from Finland and thanks again. I’ll visit here often in the future.

  16. Hi,
    I wanted to know what is the cost of stove top baking and where and how do I purchase this?

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