Bake to Perfection: 5 Oven Tips to Maximize Performance

It’s baking season!

 

Whether you’re baking Christmas cookies with the family or making batches of fresh bread or other goodies as gifts, it’s important that your oven performance is at its peak!

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas knows a thing or two about optimizing oven performance and what makes them tick. Follow these 5 tips to maximize your oven’s performance this holiday season:

 

1.   Preheating is Not Optional

Chefs cringe when people tell them that they don’t wait for the oven to preheat before beginning to bake. A standard preheat cycle takes about 10-15 minutes – depending on the preheat temperature – and starting your food at the wrong temperature can undercook or overcook parts of the dish, depending on the recipe. Waiting for the optimal oven temperature allows your food to cook and crisp to perfection.

 

2.   Do Not Open the Oven Door

Oh it’s so tempting! You just want to peek into the oven and make sure everything looks right. Opening and closing the oven door lets out heat, changing the temperature of the oven – even if the temperature gauge doesn’t say so.

 

3.   Give Yourself an Extra 15 Minutes of Preheat Time

Did you know that it can help baked dishes cook perfectly if you give yourself an extra 15 minutes of preheat time? Run the initial preheat, then wait a little longer to pop in your food. This ensures the proper temp has been fully reached before beginning to cook.

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4.   Optimize Rack Positioning

Oven racks generally need to be in the center of the oven, but follow instructions per your recipe on whether you need them a little higher or lower.

 

5.   Do Not Put Aluminum Foil in the Bottom of the Oven

Some people recommend putting aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven to catch overflow and spills, but don’t! It can actually cause more damage than good to your oven and its components. Plus – it voids most manufacturer warranties.

 

Need oven repair before the holidays? Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all your Dallas oven repair needs!