Time: 20 minutes
Your oven is a key player in your kitchen, and with the holiday season right around the corner, now’s the time to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. Burned or undercooked food can ruin any meal, so take a little extra time to make sure your oven is is working properly, and its temperature is accurate.
What’s in it for you?
- Fewer breakdowns
- Food safety
- Longer oven-life
What do you need?
- ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar
- Aluminum foil or an oven-safe cooking dish
- Oven mitt (for safety!)
- An oven thermometer
When a recipe tells you to preheat your oven to a certain temperature, it’s important to know that temperature will vary. For example, during one session set at 350°F, the oven temperature will fluctuate between 330°F and 370°F. To make sure your oven is staying within a consistent range of the set temperature, a little sugar can go a long way.
Let’s test it!
- To start, preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Once your oven indicates that it’s reached 350º, place the sugar on the foil, and put it in the oven for 15 minutes. Sugar has a melting point of 366°F. With the given fluctuations of a typical oven, the sugar will likely melt.
- If the sugar doesn’t melt on this setting, raise the temperature of the oven by 10° and repeat the process.
- If a setting around ~400°F is still not melting the sugar, you might have a problem with your oven’s bake element or temperature sensor. That means it may be time for professional help.
Want to make testing even easier? If you have an oven thermometer, you can go ahead and test your oven’s heating and functions without the sugar. Just follow the same steps as above.
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