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

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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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How long to preheat oven?

This is a silly question, but my wife will turn on the oven to preheat while she prepares stuff, but sometimes it takes her 15 minutes to 45 minutes before she puts things into the oven. Generally, ...
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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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Dutch oven instead of oven?

I'm moving into a small apartment with no oven. Before, I had a 16" oven stone to bake my bread and I'm looking for something to keep baking. Would a duch oven over a gas kitchen work? I can't use ...
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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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Is a little oven less hot than a bigger oven?

Some months ago, I found a recipe for cookies and made them in a big oven; they were delicious and cooked very well (soft cookies) at 180 °C (356 °F) for 7 minutes. I recently tried the recipe again, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How long does it take to warm a ham in the oven?

I bought a fully cooked ham. It was frozen, and it's now thawed. How long should I put in the oven to warm it up?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best time and temperature for tenderness when baking red potatoes?

Lately I've gotten into baking Red Potatoes with butter and spices and I've found I enjoy them when they are nice and tender. What's the best temperature for baking red potatoes for tenderness? How ...
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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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tinfoil at the bottom of the oven (to catch crumbs) is ruining my pizzas

I put a sheet of tinfoil at the bottom of my oven to catch crumbs because I cook pizzas on the rack all the time. This is ruining my pizzas though, because when the top is done the dough is still ...
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Do I need to clean an oven that's not been used in 10 years?

My house has a built-in oven that I've never used since I moved in ~10 years ago. (I prefer to use the oven function of a combi-microwave.) My wife, who has just moved in with me, wants to use the ...
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What to place beneath the vegetables before placing them on the baking tray?

In order to prevent their surface from burning, what can be placed beneath vegetables to be roasted before placing them on the baking tray? I am thinking of applying oil to the tray, but I'm not sure ...
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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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How to deal with an inaccurate oven thermostat

So my oven's thermostat is wildly inaccurate. Case in point: I was roasting some potatoes and squash with the oven set to 350F, but the oven thermometer read 600. It's not usually that bad, but it's ...
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Do oven door liners commonly need replacing?

The first time I used the "self clean" setting on this oven, the strip of padding around the oven door ... puffed out? Heat leaks out ever since, even to the point where the oven light will sometimes ...
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Spatchcock Turkey in Small Oven

I'm looking to spatchcock a turkey this year, and I was wondering what size of bird (in pounds) would fit on a standard quarter sized baking sheet. My oven is relatively small (it looks like it can ...
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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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Are stainless steel frypans oven safe?

I have a Cr-Ni stainless steel frypan which I'd like to toss in the oven. It doesn't have any plastic/wooden components ; the whole thing is SS including the handle. Is it oven safe?
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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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How to get crispy vegetables chips/fries without frying?

Specifically for sweet potatoes, I'd like to get crispy fries via the oven rather than a fryer. Here are some pointers I've read in other recipes: Cuts must be as equal as possible to ensure even ...
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How to roast pork shoulder?

I used to cook pork shoulder in a slow cooker, however found that this didn't render any of the fat out of it. I prefer a leaner meat, so I figure roasting this in the oven and letting the fat drip ...
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Calibrating a home gas oven

We have a new gas oven which is consistently 30-40F low compared to the dial setting (we've checked with two oven thermometers). While we can get it calibrated as a service call by the manufacturer, ...
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In how much water do I need to put ramekins when cooking au bain marie in the oven?

I have been given four ramekins and a cooking book with 30 recipes for eggs in a ramekin as a present. Everything is explained very clearly: Preheat the water for the bain marie dish in the oven at ...
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How to adjust an oven to accommodate two items with different cook times and temperatures?

For dinner this evening we are cooking a roast beef and intend to serve a baked brie appetizer. Unfortunately, we only have one oven. To reach medium rare the roast needs 3 hours at 325° while the ...
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Can a convection microwave be used to dry fruit

My wife has been wanting a dehydrator and our conventional microwave just went up. I did some research and found a new breed of microwave that I was previously unaware of, namely, the convection ...
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Bake and then Broil instead of flipping?

If I wanted to cook a meal - ie chicken wings - in a baking tray evenly on both sides, instead of turning them halfway through the cooking process, could I just switch from bake to broil midway so ...
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Toaster oven features - convection/rotisserie

I need some help in buying a toaster oven: My needs are primarily to roast/grill vegetables, occasional baking (bread, brownies, muffins). I am vegetarian and this is for a 2 person home. I'd like it ...
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What oven should I buy, which is appropriate for baking?

Three months ago I moved to a new apartment. In my old apartment with my old oven, my baked goods turned out pretty well. However, since I moved, my baked goods vary from almost-good to ...
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Can the broiler replicate a regular gas oven?

My oven has been broken about a month, and I am getting a new one delivered Saturday. But in the wake of a failed pilot on the bottom, I was curious about whether the broiler could replicate the ...