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

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Can I make a good pizza in a home portable oven?

I have a portable small oven with a max temperature of 250°C. There are two hot bars, one at the top and the other at the bottom. First of all, I'm not sure that I can get good pizza in that. My ...
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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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When should I use convection when baking? [duplicate]

I think I understand what convection does, and (some) of the benefits, such as eliminating hot/cold spots, and being more efficient overall. Does this mean that I should always take advantage of it? ...
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When should I use the convection setting in my oven? [duplicate]

My oven has the convection setting but I have never used it, mostly because I don't know when it would be appropriate to use it.
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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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Replacing toaster oven with convection oven or convection microwave?

I am getting new counter tops and want to move the toaster oven off the counter. Would an oven with a convection function be an equivalent replacement for the toaster convection oven? Alternately, ...
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Can Jam be reheated?

I just got a bottle of strawberry jam. I am trying to make puff pastry filled with Jam and cream cheese inside it. I have never done this before. It is just an Idea in my mind so far. I need advice ...
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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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How to light this type of basic, old fashioned gas-cylinder-powered gas oven?

My rented apartment has an old rickety gas stove, fuelled by a hose connected to a gas cylinder. No electricity is used at all in any way. This is fine because in this part of West Africa we get ...
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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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Is there no use for high temperatures in ovens?

I'm about to buy a new oven. I can buy one which is able to steam the food, or one without. The one with steam (a nice, but not necessary feature) only goes to 230 °C / 446 °F, while a ...
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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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Our oven consistently undercooks food

Our home oven consistently undercooks food when we follow the recommended cooking directions. Case and point: We just bought some chicken skewers from Costco. The directions say to cook them at 350F ...
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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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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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Multi-step Programmable Comercial Convection Oven

I have some Turbofan convection ovens which I use for baking. They have a program mode but it only supports one time and temperature setting. What I really need is to be able to create a program with ...
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How do I cook food in this square stone oven?

I've recently become the owner of this outdoor stone oven. However, I am at loss how to cook in it. It continues up into a rather large chimney. The bottom has two furrows about a thumbs length ...
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How do I remove aluminum foil from the bottom of my oven?

I had this brilliant idea to put aluminum foil at the bottom of my oven while I cooked pizza at very high temperatures. I was hoping it would catch any toppings that fell off so I could quickly remove ...
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Why do I need to pre-heat oven? [duplicate]

Here are some reasons I think it why it would be necessary Follow a recipe without adjusting time in it Food safety - to make sure that object spends enough time at required temperature Uneven ...
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I have clay tajines from Morocco that I've always cooked in and suddenly new stove is smoking?

When I lived in Morocco I purchased small clay tajines to bring home and I've been cooking in them ever since; several years. Mostly on convection ovens, and once on a flat surface stove. I've just ...
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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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At what temperature to bake waffles in a Lékuké silicon mold?

We bought a Lékué silicon mold for waffles to be used in the oven, but the box in which we bought it does not mention the temperature at which to use it. Can anyone having experience with baking ...
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Oven problems in VA

I just moved from CO to VA- having mastered high altitude baking. But here I can't bake anything: cookies are burned on the bottom and uncooked on top, pizza dough is nearly raw in the middle. ...
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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 ...
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Is this canning method safe to use for spaghetti sauce? (Boiling the sauce in the jars in the oven)

This technique has been used by my family for decades but I'm wondering how safe it is to kill Botulism spores. Step 1, cook the spaghetti sauce in a large pot (tomatoes, meat, fruits, vegetables, ...
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What is the difference between Microwave, Microwave Oven, and Oven?

Some sites say that a "microwave" is only for heating or re-heating cooked food. Whereas, in "microwave ovens", you can microwave and bake. Is that true? If it is, then why I can cook main course ...
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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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How much thermostat “range” in oven temperature is too much?

I recently renovated my kitchen and have a new Bosch wall oven. I've noticed many baking recipes that used to be reliable are no longer so. I have a ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and calibrated my oven ...
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When does the new home oven/stove smell go away?

Our last stove broke and our landlord had to replace it. We got one from GE Hotpoint and it seems like an OK stove. It's a gas model. We have had it for a few months now but haven't been able to ...
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Why my meatballs sweated all of their fat?

I have made simple meatballs with red onions, some eggs, drizzle of olive oil and chopped scallions. Put them into the oven at 220c (440f) and this is what came out: They sweated all of their fat ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a significant difference between pizza ovens and conventional ovens with pizza functionality?

I have a small pizza oven (the round ones, with stone), with whom I make an adequate pizza; according to the manuals, temperatures go from 190 to 400 °C, so I guess I'm baking it between 300 and 350 ...
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How to what is left behind when I have Removed the Melted Aluminum Foil from the Oven bottom [duplicate]

I used Twizttid' protocol successfully (BELOW) BUT... You’ll need some Plasticine, Drano, water, GLOVES!!, a lot of paper towels and wood skewers and GOOD VENTILATION. Start the ventilation and ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a pan/pot is oven-safe?

I have a couple of old pots and pans laying around in the house and unfortunately I don't have the original box. Is there an easy way to tell if they are safe to use in the oven? Like for stainless ...
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Reaheating 2 Spiral hams at same time

I'm reheating 2 9.8# spiral hams in 1 oven. Do I need to change the cooking times and if I do how much time do I add?
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How to adjust time for oven stuck at 350F

My oven is stuck at 350F. I need to cook a lasagna that requires 400F for 1:55 (one hour 55 minutes). I also need to cook a turkey at 375F for 4:30 (separately). How do I adjust since my oven is stuck ...
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What should I do if power goes out while I am baking cake/cookies?

If I am baking cake or cookies in the oven and I lose power, what should I do? Does it make to sense to leave the cake/cookies in the oven until the power comes back on, or should I take them out? ...
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Are my pots oven-safe?

My pots are WearEver Cook & Strain Stainless Steel 1.5-Quart Saucepan Model No.: A8342264 Tramontina 3-Quart Sauce Pan, Stainless Steel Model No.: 80154/516 The handle of the ...
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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 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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How do I produce lots of steam in a plain household oven? [duplicate]

Professional bakery ovens produce steam which is needed for baking bread (developing the crust). In a plain electrical household oven: how do I produce enough steam to bake delicious bread?
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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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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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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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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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Electric tandoor foils, food sticks to the aluminium foil

I baked potatoes and cottage cheese, in an electric tandoor. I covered the tandoor plate with the foil and placed the stuff over the foil. After baking for around 10 mins(tandoor burns like hell), ...
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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 ...