Time: 20 minutes
Weâ€™ve referred to the oven as the quarterback of your kitchen before, and with football season right around the corner, itâ€™s important that it keeps making plays. Burned or undercooked food can ruin any meal, so take a little extra time to make sure your oven temperature is accurate. Even without an oven thermometer, a couple of household items can take your food from raw to just right.
Whatâ€™s in it for you?
- Fewer repairs
- Food safety
- Longer oven-life
What do you need?
- Â½ tablespoon of granulated sugar
- Aluminum foil or an oven-safe cooking dish
- Oven mitt (for safety!)
When a recipe tells you to preheat your oven to a certain temperature, itâ€™s important to know that temperature will vary. For example, during one session set at 350Â°F, the oven temperature will fluctuate between 330Â°F and 370Â°F. To make sure your oven is staying within a consistent range of the set temperature, a little sugar can go a long way.
Letâ€™s test it!
- To start, preheat your oven to 350Â°F.
- Once your oven indicates that itâ€™s reached 350Âº, place the sugar on the foil, and put it in the oven for 15 minutes. Sugar has a melting point of 366Â°F. With the given fluctuations of a typical oven, the sugar will likely melt.
- If the sugar doesnâ€™t melt on this setting, raise the temperature of the oven by 10Â° and repeat the process.
- If a setting around ~400Â°F is still not melting the sugar, you might have a problem with your ovenâ€™s bake element or temperature sensor, and you should hire a professional to take a look.
Notice a problem? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and weâ€™ll send a pro ASAP.