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

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Can I heat frozen waffles in the oven without a baking sheet?

Where I live I currently don't have a toaster, baking sheet, pan, or really anything that I could use as a container in the oven. I'm starving and I'd like to heat up some frozen waffles and was ...
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How can I adjust oven temperature correctly

I recently bought an oven but it was just yesterday that I saw that the knob for the temperature does not indicate any temperature. Only hi and lo. How can I adjust the temperature correctly?
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Cooking multiple dishes at once in the oven

What is the rule of thumb for adjusting temperature and cooking time when cooking multiple dishes in the oven at the same time? In particular, if the dishes have different required temperatures and/or ...
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What are speed ovens (combo microwave / oven) good or not good at?

We're considering a speed oven as a 2nd oven, probably 27". Our main range is an all gas 30" range. What are those microwave / traditional ovens combo good at? What are the best uses? Conversely, what ...
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How to make the bottom of breads bake a little slower so that the whole bread could stay longer in the oven?

When I bake a bread in my oven, I sprinkle some flour on the pan. But when it's half the baking time, the bottom of burger buns or baguettes become far too brown when the bread itself is not done yet. ...
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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 do I make my pizza crust go from limp to crisp?

Been in business for 30 years but my crust is mostly limp,like when you pick it up it takes two hands to hold it up so you can eat it. I want to pick it up with only one hand. What am I doing wrong?
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Are there any features of cookers that make them rodent resistant?

Our gas cooker has started leaking gas. It is likely that it is because mice have been living in the cladding for a good few months and they have finally got around to chewing through a gas pipe. I ...
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Braised short ribs differ in texture when on stove top vs in oven

I've made braised beef short ribs several times previously and I've found that when they're braised on a low flame in a cast iron pot over the stove, they ended up being more tender compared to those ...
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covertin grilling time to oven time

My recipe calls for grilling a pork loin for 25-30 minutes over medium high heat with the lid closed. How do I convert this to oven cooking?
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How cooking temperature and oven set up can help prevent cakes from becoming too brown or burnt on top?

When cooking cakes (especially lemon cakes for whatever reason; perhaps they're sweeter or have a different type of sugar?), I have trouble with the surface of the cake becoming too brown or burning ...
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When cooking meats such as pork chops in a toaster oven, is it better to use butter or some type of oil to coat the pan?

I often use a toaster oven where I line the tray with aluminum foil and coat it in something so the food doesn't stick. Is a difference between using butter or olive oil or some other type of oil to ...
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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 these settings bake a cake?

I've tried baking so many times with this kind of oven settings but they never work. The exterior of the cake looks fine, but when cut opened, they look as if they were never cooked. The oven doesn't ...
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What is the proper oven rack height position for baking cakes and cookies?

My oven has five rack positions. When baking a cake mix, at what height should the oven rack be placed at? If it helps, I usually bake using two 9" round pans. The box of cake mix typically doesn't ...
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Why do my pre-cooked hams always take way longer than they should?

My ham is 8.5lbs half-ham and was refridgerated, but not frozen. Here are the instructions that were with it. Here's what I did: Preheated the oven to 275. Removed all packaging and put the ham ...
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New Oven in the US, Which would home cooks prefer?

I am an English girl living in New York and looking to re-do my kitchen. The most common oven in the US appears to be 30" single space with a warming drawer underneath. In the UK it is a 24" double ...
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Lowering oven temps

Can you start a cake at 350 F (180 C), then lower the oven to 325 F (160 C)? What happens to cake? Recipe calls for 350 but the recipe is old. Other recipes I have checked online say to bake at a ...
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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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How long should I cook apples in the oven?

How long do I need to cook fresh apples (sliced) in the oven (at 350 degrees) to get a good apple pie consistency?
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One whole duck and extra pieces - how long in the oven?

I have a duck (a bit more than 3 kilos) and two additional breast pieces (each around 300g). Now I am wondering how long this should stay in the oven. Rule of thumb is usually one hour per kg. So I ...
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How to cook rice in an electric oven meant for baking cakes?

Are there any special precautions to be taken? About the water quantity, soaking and timing etc?
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Fake poached salmon machine?

I went to buy what was advertised as "poached" salmon from my supermarket's prepared food counter and noticed that some of the edges were browned, so I was like, "Huh?". I interrogated the guy whose ...
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Can a disposable aluminium pan be used to bake a cake?

I want to know if an aluminium lasagna pan can be used in an oven for baking a cake?
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How much time is required to bake?

How much time should the oven be preheated to reach the desired temperature? To bake cupcake recipes that say 180 C, how long should the oven be preheated and which level must be set among LOW, ...
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oven cleaning help and tips

our house have a built-in oven that hasn't been used since we moved in (a year and half ago). I think the owner didn't clean before we move in. Do you think I can still use it? will it be safe? should ...
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Ideal way to cook a chicken

To get a marinated chicken to be golden brown on the outside, maybe a bit crispy, and tender on the inside, which is a better approach: Cook it on high heat until it browns, then cover it and cook ...
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Why does my pavlova always look like this?

It has circles on it every time I try to make it. And sometimes it just won't dry - it's soft; it doesn't really crack like I hope it would! It always sinks and the bottom is kinda sticky and dark ...
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Can You Blowtorch A Pig Skin to Make it Crispy?

I like to try this recipe here. http://panlasangpinoy.com/2014/01/11/crispy-oven-broiled-liempo/ Liempo means Pork Belly in our country. Anyway, my oven is a simple gas oven with no broiler option. ...
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How long do I cook my brisket?

I have always cooked brisket in a slow cooker, to beautiful effect, but I'm going to be cooking for a crowd this week, and a slow cooker won't be available to me. (not to mention I cannot fit this ...
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Is it normal for flames to come up through the slots on each side of the bottom of the oven?

Is it normal for flames to come up through the slots on each side of the bottom of the oven? They only come up when the burner is on. If not what do I do about it?
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What is the difference between microwave and convection microwave combo?

I have been using microwaves for a long time and just a few weeks ago, I saw a convection microwave combo in my office. I didn't know before that it existed. I saw people putting aluminum foil in ...
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What consistency should flan have when it is removed from the oven?

I am making flan for a dinner party this evening. The recipe indicates the flan should be baked for an hour before chilling. However, having never cooked flan before I am unsure what the flans ...
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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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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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How do I use the clock on my Ilve oven?

I recently bought an Ilve oven second-hand. I can't figure out how to use the clock/timer functions. The oven is 10-15 years old, and all the manuals I have found are for newer/different ovens. Can ...
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Baking apple roses in oven in France, which mark should I choose?

I'm baking some apple roses as described here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rGrwvEjZIQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKOla0-aW5o. Basically, it's apple-packed puff pastry plus some other ...
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The Warm Oven Temp. for Cakes

My Mom is making a cake. Its an old recipe, 50 - 70 yrs old (or older). All it says is to use a warm oven. No temperature range, just a warm oven. What temperature would this be?
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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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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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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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Avoid butter in puff pastry dough from melting while baking in the oven

I made puff pastry dough. I rolled it out and cut into 8 rectangles. Then I put a stick of chocolate in the middle of each piece and rolled the dough to form a semi-cookie. As I put them in the ...
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Smoke coming from oven

I like to bake chicken breasts in a glass container with a layer of vegetable oil at the bottom. I bake at 500 degrees for about 20 minutes. Once I rubbed a bit of Worchester sauce into the ...
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How do I cook large quantities of sliced bacon?

This question is pretty straightforward. Are there ways to take a sliced slab of bacon (i.e. a whole large package) and effectively cook all the slices to be used in standard scenarios, like ...
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Can I cook 2 very different things at same time in the oven?

I want to bake Chicken and Chocolate Chip Muffins in an overlapping time period, at the same temperature, in separate pans, of course. I think it saves time, oven energy, and just is more convenient ...
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Gas or electric oven with gas stove

Always have I wanted a gas stove top. Now is my chance. I had envisioned years ago the best combination in the kitchen would be a gas stove and electric oven. I don't bake often except for old world ...
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What are good tips for an oven that is too hot at the bottom?

I am cooking various food at home in a new oven that I am kind of stuck with. We're renting and this is the only oven we have at the moment. It has four gas stoves at the top. The oven is fan ...
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Roast Cooked all night

I left two big pans of roast (about 20 lbs) in the oven at 350 over night - from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m. Is this still safe to eat and serve.
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Filling tart with beans/rice for baking

I've found a recipe for a lemon tart: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/380616/greggs-tangy-lemon-tart Everything looks fine to me and I get what to do exactly, but I don't understand the part that ...
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Scary moments - what temperature for broiling?

I have a significant problem - our broiler is flat out dangerous. The oven/broiler came with our house. Every single thing we've put under it has been burnt (it says it's 550, but I think it could be ...