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

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domestic bread steaming -> will my stone be okay?

Trying to maximise the oven rise of my loaf, and think I will try the steaming method, but what is the best way to do this in a domestic electric oven, and will could it damage my bread stone?
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How to build steam in the oven for getting an oven spring? [duplicate]

From: What makes a bread either close or open crumbed/textured? Oven spring Yeasts continue producing CO2 until they die at 60C/140F. Also, gasses expand with heat, so it will also help ...
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Are glass jars from the supermarket oven safe?

I recently discovered from the working class foodies video on french onion soup that mugs are oven safe, or at least their mugs and my mugs seem to be by experimentation. I also happen to be one of ...
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How can I cook chicken breast like Nando's?

I want to make chicken butterfly breast similar to Nando's but plain. I read this question which gave me a good insight. I have no grill so only a gas oven/halogen oven and a frying pan. Am I able to ...
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Why do some instructions tell you how long to preheat an oven for?

Why is it that on some directions it says something like "preheat an oven for 400 for 10 minutes"? Is it not enough to preheat the oven until the oven signals (i.e. usually with a beep) that the ...
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Why does my bread burn at the bottom before it is done?

I bake my bread for about half an hour. At the 15 minute mark, the bottom is already slightly burnt, but the bread is clearly not done. My oven doesn't have a thermometer, so I don't know exactly what ...
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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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Can I do anything to make my gas oven better?

I have an old gas oven at home which is generally pretty rubbish at most things. The temperature in the oven is wildly off compared to what the dial says it should be; there are hot/cold spots ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of Convection Microwave Ovens?

Are convection microwave ovens a useful item to have? Or are they not good as a microwave and not good as a convection oven either? I understand that a regular convection oven helps to cook things ...
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What are the benefits, if any, of using a pizza stone in a toaster oven?

My Oven Toaster Grill. From here: What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven? Toaster ovens have far less thermal mass to ride ...
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What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven?

I have a nice oven but I have stopped making cakes for the reason being that if electricity goes off in between I'll have to throw the cake. Now, if I prepare brown/multigrain breads which need whole ...
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Is there a way to heat a precooked ham in a 425 degree oven?

Is it possible to protect a precooked ham while heating in an over hot oven? For example is it possible to heat a precooked while cooking a turkey at 425 by say wrapping it in a double layer of foil, ...
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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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Baking without a thermometer?

So, I'm staying in a location that has a gas oven with no discernable thermostat, and there are no thermometers in sight (oven, meat, or otherwise). The situation is such that I can't just run out and ...
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The best way to roast silverside of beef in th oven?

I have a fairly large piece of beef (2.4kg) with very little fat on it. I was wondering what the best way to roast without drying it out would be please? I know the temptation is to say that it needs ...
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Can you put All-Clad LTD2 in the oven?

Just got an All-Clad LTD2 saute pan and I was wandering if it is save to put it in the oven. Thanks
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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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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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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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Potato parts in the oven

Yesterday I asked advice how to prepare nice potato parts. I was recommended to not remove the peel/skin and cut the potato in parts. I was also said to use the oven, instead of a pan and ...
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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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Reheating in the oven: why and how?

I recently made some pan-fried chicken breast halves. When I wanted to reheat the leftovers I tried to do it in the conventional oven instead of the microwave oven as usual. Following some ...
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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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Cooking temperature and time adjustments for cooking several whole fish in a conventional oven?

I've successfully prepared one whole fish using a roasting pan and conventional oven, and now would like to make four to six of them at once for a gathering. Is there a rule of thumb to adjust my ...
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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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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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Had a small oven fire, how do i get the smoke smell out of the oven?

I was baking a buttermilk pie. I accidentally spilled it as i pushed the oven rack in. The oven caught fire. Now there is a slight smoke smell in the kitchen. I need to get rid of that smell.
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Fan bake vs bake

Are there any general rules to follow when choosing between bake and fan bake to cook something in the oven? What effect does each have and what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
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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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Are there any 27" residential ovens that can accomodate a 3/4 sheet pan?

I am moving into a house that needs a new oven. We aren't going to renovate the entire kitchen; we just want to swap out the oven. The current cabinet space for the oven can hold at most a 27 inch ...
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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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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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flash fire from self-cleaning oven

We have a self-cleaning oven (GE). We put in some stewing beef in a roaster into the oven at 300F for 45 minutes. After about 20 minutes there was smoke coming from the rear vent. When I noticed it I ...
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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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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 I use an induction cooker to restore silica gel's water absorbency?

It was mentioned in an answer to my previous question that silica gel can be heated in the oven to restore its water absorbent properties. I only have access to an induction cooker, so it possible to ...
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cooking time for chicken-pesto in the oven

I love to make chicken stuffed with pesto. I cut the chicken breast in half, and then fill them with pesto and make a roll of it. I first bake the chicken in a frying pan to give them a nice color, ...
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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 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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What are some best practices to cook salmon on a cedar plank in an oven?

I know that cedar plank cooking is normally done on a grill but I want to see what I can do with it indoors. What are some ways to get more of the wood flavor when cooking salmon with a cedar plank ...
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How should I control the time and temperature when baking two dishes?

I want to cook multiple dishes at the same time using a conventional oven. A 9x 13 pan with potatoes should bake in an oven of 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The other dish, a ham, should be in a 325 ...
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Do the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray?

The cupcakes cook faster than the big one piece cakes, so does it make sense to assume that the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray? My oven has a ...
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Which kinds of vessels insulate well?

From here: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/13170/6168 The first approach which comes to mind would be to use a pan which insulates well. I use these glass vessels: ...
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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 ...
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How much shorter is the turkey's cooking time if I increase the temperature?

I'm baking a turkey in a bag, the brown grocery store type of bag. I love this recipe but I don't have time to cook it at the specified temperature. If my recipe says I should cook my 9 pound turkey ...
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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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What does baking time in oven depend on?

Banana bread recipe requires 1 hour, and the banana muffins recipe require 20 minutes. Both the recipes contain bananas, and flour. Why is the baking time so different among the two?
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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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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 ...