Check Your Oven's Temperature

Time: 20 minutes

We’ve referred to the oven as the quarterback of your kitchen before, and with football season right around the corner, it’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.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fewer repairs
  • 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!)

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!

  1. To start, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. 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.
  3. If the sugar doesn’t melt on this setting, raise the temperature of the oven by 10° and repeat the process.
  4. 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, and you should hire a professional to take a look.

Notice a problem? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.

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