I'm trying to preheat my oven to make pizza, but there is no preheat option. Does the "bake" setting mean the same thing as preheat?

  • If "preheat" is indicated at all it's generally just the oven/stove saying that. What you do is just pick a temperature and tell it to start baking. Some ovens will add the broiler element in when preheating, others will not - some will indicate that they are preheatng, or that they have reached the set temperature - others will not, or will only do so by turning off a lamp indicating that the element is on - they vary, widely.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Oct 26, 2022 at 22:38

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Yes, that is the same thing.

pre-heat just means that you bring the oven up to the right temperature before putting the food in.

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    Also, a lot of people assume that just 2-3 minutes will be fine - but usually, you do have to leave the oven on for some time. Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 12:17
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    @Moustache I have yet to see an oven that does not indicate when it is finished pre-heating. Typically with an oven temperature gauge or an audible tone when the set temperature is reached.
    – SnakeDoc
    Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 18:34
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    @SnakeDoc the problem is that the oven thinks it's preheated when the air inside reaches temperature, but it's important for the oven walls to reach temperature as well, otherwise as soon as you open it the temp goes down a ton and takes time to re-heat.
    – Esther
    Commented Oct 28, 2022 at 14:03
  • @SnakeDoc Well, my oven does no such thing. Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 1:28

Yes - simply put, pre-heating is setting the oven to come up to temperature in advance of cooking. Specific to making a pizza, it can be beneficial to use a pizza stone to radiate more even heat. When pizza is place directly on the stone, it offers the additional benefit of creating that crispy crust on the bottom.

  • Welcome! We usually discourage answers that repeat what was already posted in an existing answer. Can you perhaps flesh out your answer or bring another aspect?
    – Stephie
    Commented Oct 28, 2022 at 17:01

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