Questions about selecting, operating, and maintaining conventional and convection ovens.

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What happened to my duck?

This happened a couple of years ago, but I still don't have an answer. Christmas eve. I had a duck in the oven. I tried to cook it at a slightly lower temperature and a little longer than the recipe ...
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Bread has tough, crunchy crust but is underbaked in the middle - how to fix?

I've been attempting to make white bread using a recipe from my grandmother. However, since she used to bake this bread every weekend and could probably have done it in her sleep, when she wrote down ...
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How do I know if my meat thermometer is ovenproof?

Ever since a supposedly "ovenproof" thermometer shattered glass on my turkey Thanksgiving 2006 I have been afraid of these things. Is it generally safe to use them? Any maximum temperature I should be ...
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Differences between the oven stone and the pizza oven?

I'm undecided between buying an oven stone, or a pizza oven (like http://j.mp/YXeiTr). I can't find any helpful suggestion - does anybody have any comment? I'm aware of the major differences - for ...
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What is the best time and temperature for taste when cooking a salmon fillet in the oven?

I have an Atlantic salmon fillet in my frig at the moment, but I really have no idea what the normal cooking temperature and time are for a salmon fillet. What's the best temp and time to cook a 1lb ...
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Are there reasons to use olive oil when roasting food at high temperatures?

I see many times chefs choosing olive oil as the fat for cooking recipes that undergo heats of 400f+ (very much above the smoking point of refined olive oil) for 30 minutes, and its virgin olive oil ...
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Should I flip a roasting chicken in lieu of having a rotisserie?

I don't have a rotisserie, but would love to impart some of the flavor that seems to come with rotisserie cooking. The rotisserie chickens I've had were significantly juicier and more flavorful than ...
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Roasting corn in the oven

I am trying to roast the corn in the oven, by: leaving it in its husk wrapping it in tin-foil There are results, but far from real-grill roasted corn. Any pointers on how to really do it? EDIT: ...
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Can you use a convection oven to make a Soufflé?

I separated this question from the original as there were no answers.
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Why does my oven take so long to heat up?

My modern whirlpool electric oven take forever (about 20min) to heat-up to 200C. This seems similar to other electric ovens I have used in Ireland. Hoever, when visiting my mother in law in the ...
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Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven?

Can microwave safe glass vessels be used in an electric oven? I have this oven: http://www.cromaretail.com/Bajaj-28-Litres-2800TMC-Oven-Toaster-Grill-%28White%29-pc-469-468.aspx I just checked and ...
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Can I use the grill tray in my oven for grilling?

My oven came with 2 baking trays, and a small tray which looks like a grill (i.e, its got rows of vertical metal strips the same way as a grill does). Can I use this tray for grilling or broiling, and ...
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Baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens

Is there a difference in the output or in the procedure when baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens? What are the basic and crucial differences found among cakes baked in ...
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Are oven bags anything more than disposable dutch ovens?

A few months back, on a whim, I bought plastic oven bags. I'd never seen them before so I was curious. According to notes on the packaging I can cook chicken, beef and pretty much anything else in ...
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Stew in the oven or on the stove, does it make a difference?

What is the advantage (if any) of finalizing a stew or other slow-cooked meals in the oven instead of on a hob? A lot of recipes tells you to set the pot in the oven to cook for x hours after the ...
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Is oven an important factor in getting great baking results?

I bake almost everyday, sometimes I am very happy with my baking results and sometimes I am not and when I don't like it, I think it's me as a beginner, I might have done something wrong or not quite ...
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How to cook tubular ground beef using only disposable items?

How do I cook ground beef (in those 1 pound tubes) using only disposable items? Details: I can cook pizzas in my oven by putting them directly on the rack. I can cook chicken and toast bread by ...
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Why can heating things in a microwave make them soggy?

Why does heating something (like pizza) in an oven make it crisp but heating it in the microwave makes it all soggy?
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What should be the material of the vessels to be used in an electric oven?

Could you please provide a general guide figure out if a piece of cookware can be used in the oven, based on what material it is made of?
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Baking in gas oven does not brown the top

I need advice from those who bake in gas oven without fan. I bake on the middle rack and have an oven thermometer(my oven is -20 deg off). My cakes get baked darker on bottom and paler on top. Cookies ...
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Can I salvage an uncooked bread?

I made pan de muerto roughly following this recipe. I put the breads in the oven (made 3), took them out and let them cool completely. Today (the morning after), I cut into the first one and see that ...
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Oven Jerky a Possibility?

I was thinking a lot about comments on my posts that claimed that the oven would dry out foods meant to be cooked on a stove. This got me thinking that I could make beef jerky in the oven. Any tips, ...
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Challah rolls open up when baking in the oven

I cook Challah rolls very often. Sometimes it all goes great. Some other times I encounter an issue I cannot identify where it comes from. The baked challah roll comes rises in the oven and opens up ...
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Are coffee mugs oven safe?

Is a coffee mug oven safe? I'd like to make French Onion soup au gratin in a mug. My concern is the mug shattering while the food is being served. I currently bake the french onion soup at 450°F, but ...
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Which fuels (burning materials) are healthy safe in a wood fired oven?

I have recently made a brick wood fired oven. It's a black / dirt / Roman / traditional type of oven: where you burn the fuel (typically wood) in the same chamber where you put the food to be cooked. ...
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What is the right use of bake and broil?

I look inside the oven and realize that when baking the heat comes from below and when broiling the heat comes from the top. Although there's a intuition which says that the oven is small and so ...
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Infrared thermometer for oven temperatures

IR Thermometers read surface temperatures. Can they accurately read the interior temperature of my oven through the glass panel? Or will it be reading the surface temperature of the glass rather than ...
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Do I need a special oven to cook a pizza as evenly as the chain stores?

When I buy a pizza from Pizza Hut or Domino's, it has a crispy base with a soft cooked middle and a properly done top. When I make a pizza in my own oven (electric, fan assisted, maximum 230° C), I ...
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Home oven over 500°F?

I am curious why I can not find a home oven that can reach temperatures over 500°F/260°C. Every oven I have seen maxes out at 500°F. I am wondering are there safety regulations that limit this, or ...
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Oven vs pan for meat stews

I have noticed that English-related cultures use an oven much more than say French or Spanish or German cultures. My question is specifically for stews. In English recipes you read often that putting ...
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What are good settings to reheat french fries soggy from refrigirating overnight in a small oven?

I have yesterday's French Fries (Chips for those of you across the Pond). They were stored in a refrigerator overnight and now are cold AND soggy. What's a good technique to reheat them in a small ...
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Can I make baked veal more soft?

I usually cook meat in a steamer or multicooker, and it gets very soft. This time I've decided to experiment and baked a big chunk of veal stuffed with garlic in the oven. Not that result was ...
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How should I cook a 1lb bottom round roast beef in the oven?

I'd like to try cooking a small roast beef. It's just me and my boyfriend so I only got a small 1lb one. I don't have any special cooking tools like crockpots, so how can I cook this in the oven so it ...
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Oven Temperature: How to be sure the selected temperature is correct.

I suspect that my - fairly new - oven gets too hot, so I bought an oven thermometer, which confirmed this. So I called the supplier. They say that in order to obtain the correct actual oven ...
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Baking pizza without an oven

How can I bake a pizza without an oven (or any other fancy stuff, so no suggesting of charcoal, sun oven, and so on). Just using a plain heating element on the bottom, like a burner, what are the ...
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Why did my roast beef turn out chewy and not tender? Where did I go wrong?

I recently made an Oven Round Roast in the oven and I followed directions quite well. I would really like to know where I went wrong. The roast was 1.4kg and relatively round in shape, it was also ...
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Toasting bread in a gas oven

I am trying to toast bread in a gas oven on a rack about 8 inches from bottom, but all the toast in the centre part of the rack are burnt and the ones to the sides are perfect, is this a normal thing ...
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Vegetable internal temperature (oven)

This question is inspired by this week's cooking of a 3kg (estimate - it was plenty huge and took 6 people to eat) courgette / zucchini. The 'quote' is a digression about what happened - skip it if ...
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Problems cooking Wagyu brisket

While I save up for a proper outdoor smoker, I've been experimenting with using the basic brisket BBQ techniques, but with a fan forced in our kitchen. So far, the regular briskets have turned out ...
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Why do you slice whole ducks in half when roasting but not for other poultry?

Last time I made a roast, I used a recipe from BBC good food. Since I have had luck with those recipes, I decided to go for their roast duck recipe. That recipe involves cutting the whole duck in ...
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How do I recognize if a dish cannot be cooked in a gas oven?

I have moved to a house that has a gas oven. I am new to gas ovens. What dishes can we cook in a gas oven? Cake? Are cookies possible to bake in a gas oven?
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Do breads always have to be baked in some vessels in an oven? If yes, then what shaped vessels would those be?

Is it even necessary to use a vessel for baking breads (assuming I don't care about the shape of the bread)? In this link for (example) French bread I saw that the dough is not in liquid form, so it ...
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Cooking food directly on oven rack

Is it common to cook food directly on the oven racks? I often do this (with a container for drippings) and was wondering if this is common or if there is a better solution. It has worked out fine ...
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How does roasting beef in a rotisserie compare to doing so in a regular oven?

When I prepare roast beef at home, it's never as good as the one prepared with a rotisserie. What is the difference between a roast beef cooked in a rotisserie, and a regular oven?
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Graphing oven temperature over time

Someone asked about measuring oven temperature. That's great for seeing how well an oven does as far as getting to a certain temperature. However, just because an oven can be guaranteed to achieve a ...
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How can I stop my pie from burning?

My oven heats up by putting on the grill. Yesterday I was making pie and the top burned a little bit. This happens almost every time. It happens at the moment the grill goes on for a short moment ...
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Could plastic or metal cans damage my oven?

Is it possible to put vinyl plastic and metal cans in the oven at 200 degrees F for roughly 5-10 minutes? More specifically, I was came across DIY Vinyl Bowls where you place the vinyl record over a ...
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How to simulate an oven when what you actually have is a gas stove?

Well, I currently don't have an oven. And also, I don't expect to prepare cakes on gas. :rolleyes: But, is it possible to bake things like garlic bread (at least) on gas stove somehow? If yes, then ...
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Combining dishes that need oven temps of 450, 425, 400, and 350

I have three dishes that need to be baked but all have different temps. My oven is a standard, 80's range with oven and broiler - nothing special. I am cooking a Leg of Lamb of 5 lbs at 450, which ...
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Why is the butter gradually melting and only the top of my butter cake done?

I didn't use melted butter like liquid. I only used softened butter and mixed it with sugar in my blender. It became like cream. I also used 1 cup and a quarter of flour and other ingredients. I ...