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4 Surprising Tips for Your Oven

4 Surprising Tips for Your Oven

 

Your oven gets a lot of action this time of year. Between Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies, and everything in between, make sure to put these tips to use. Your holiday meals will thank you!

1. Use an Oven Thermometer. Ovens are notoriously unreliable when it comes to reading temperature. I found that the cheap range in my apartment was a whopping 75 degrees off! An oven thermometer is also useful for figuring out which parts of your oven get the hottest. It’s not much of an investment, either; good ones can be found for less than $10.

2. For Really Precise Baking, preheat the temperature to 25 degrees over what the recipe says. Heat escapes when you open the oven, and can bring the temperature down a couple dozen degrees in just a few seconds.

3. Pizza Stones are Your Friend. Pizza stones aren’t only for pizza! For gas ovens in particular, leaving your pizza stone (or unglazed quarry tiles) in the oven 24/7 will help distribute heat evenly. Anything that needs evenly distributed heat, or when you’re baking two things at the same time, will really benefit here.

4. Never Use the Self-Cleaning Function. Many new-fangled ovens have a self-cleaning function, but it’s best that you stay away. The heating element usually isn’t exposed to food in newer ovens, so they stay cleaner, and are less likely to scorch. But the bigger problem? Using them can lead to very serious damage.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:47PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thanks for the information. Good to know about not using the oven self cleaning function

1:49AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

i really do need to clean my oven. i used the self-cleaning function last time, wasn't happy.

1:37AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

I have a combi microwave/oven and so far no problem with it. Use vinegar+baking soda sounds good to know to clean the oven.

10:29AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

This advice sounds smart:

""""Pizza Stones are Your Friend. Pizza stones aren’t only for pizza! For gas ovens in particular, leaving your pizza stone (or unglazed quarry tiles) in the oven 24/7 will help distribute heat evenly. Anything that needs evenly distributed heat, or when you’re baking two things at the same time, will really benefit here.""""



4:59AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Thanks, I just cleaned my oven.

9:06PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

These are good tips.

8:47PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

great tips, thanks.

10:49AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Thanks

3:08AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

good to know about pizza stone!

10:58PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

ty

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