It is possible to use an oven exclusively for cooking all your meals; you can roast, broil, bake, toast, and more. Attached to a stovetop, you can do even more. Your cooking needs are practically complete. Whether you are learning how to wield all your cooking prowess with one appliance or you just want to make the most of your range, you can follow these tips and tricks on how to use an oven.
Get to Know Your Oven
The first step is to understand what kind of oven you are using. Do you have a gas or electric oven? Is it a conventional oven or a convection oven? What kind of features does yours have? Some even have airfrying capabilities! Gas ovens heat up quicker than electric ones. Conventional ovens use heated plates to warm your food, while convection ovens circulate hot air, producing a crispier result. Most recipes assume you use a conventional oven for baking.
Adjust the Racks
Make sure you use the appropriate rack position for your given meals. Large items, like roasts, naturally need to sit low enough to fit well and not burn on top. Trays of food that need broiling can go on the highest rack position, while regular dishes can go on the middle rack.
Don’t Skip the Preheat
You might think that preheating is unnecessary, but it could be well worth it! Without preheating, some recipes are ruined. There is a different chemical reaction that takes place when your ingredients meet a hot environment vs. one that slowly warms up.
Keep Meals Warm
Some ovens have a setting that allows you to keep food warm while you prepare other meals or do other tasks. If not, you can set the oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit to do the same job.
Heat Meals Up
You can also use an oven to warm up leftovers. Although the large door might be cumbersome, an oven works just as well as a microwave oven to warm up last night’s dinner.
Keep an Eye on It
Don’t forget to supervise your oven when it is on. Beware of leaving it alone and forgetting about what is in it to avoid burnt food and a fire.
Ovens wear out if they have a lot of caked grime on them. Clean the interior and the racks regularly; there are ways to get off the toughest dirt.
Have you noticed that your oven isn’t heating like it used to, or is making a noise it shouldn’t? If you live in the Baltimore area, you can keep your oven in good health by calling Landers Appliance!
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