Your Cooking Companion

Posted in Fixes & Tips
July 2, 2018

Tricky Oven Temps

Wow, guys, I just learned something highly valuable about cooking…from an oven repair guy!

It turns out that most ovens have the temperature sensor at the top of the inside of the oven. Science tells us, of course, that warm air rises, which means that the top of the oven gets hot first. Then the oven beeps to say it’s ready.

If you put your cookies (or whatever) on the middle rack of the oven, as instructed, right after your oven tells you it’s reached the preheat temp, the cookies will start out baking at a temperature that’s too low! This can mean spreading you don’t want or a failure to brown within the time the recipe says they should.

The oven repair guy says not to put your cookies into the oven until about 15 minutes after the oven tells you it’s ready, so that the middle of the oven has time to preheat completely. This is especially true if your oven’s heating coils are beneath the oven floor (where you can’t see them). Of course, you could always put an oven thermometer on your middle rack so you know for sure. That has seemed old-fashioned and unnecessary to me, but I guess it’s not! I’ve also been told by People Who Know that if you keep a pizza stone on the floor of your oven all the time, it evens out the temperature and makes it so you don’t have to wait. (If you’re using a convection oven, you don’t need to worry about any of this!)

Who knew?

Share my content with your friends!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave the field below empty!

For the first half of the 20th century, grocery shopping required stops at several specialty shops: Meat from the butcher,
"So much of what we are comes from our hands. Every time we cook and work with our hands to
These days, I find myself choosing my cooking oil not only by flavor profile, but also by smoke point. The
When you were first learning to cook, did anyone encourage you to read all the way through the recipe before
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to be able to cook my favorite (but not memorized) recipes from