I know that the temperature inside an oven fluctuates, but I'm just curious. Won't the temperature inside continue to rise?

How do I manage, or control, the temperature inside the oven after removing the thermometer so that whatever it is I'm baking won't be over or under cooked?

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    Why would you remove the thermometer? – Stephie Sep 12 '18 at 9:28
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    That doesn't make any sense. If you want to control the temperature with a thermometer, keep it there... What kind of oven are you asking about? Is your thermostat broken? – Luciano Sep 12 '18 at 9:46
  • Did you remove the oven thermometer or its thermostat? – Erica Sep 12 '18 at 23:47

Most home ovens are not insulated well, and are not all that precise. They maintain temperature by cycling on and off relative to your temperature setting and a thermostat. It is quite common for the actual temperature in home ovens to be upwards of 50 degrees F more or less than the temperature you set on the dial..and that temperature fluctuates as your oven's heating element cycles on and off. So, many people use an oven thermometer to determine the actual temperature inside their oven. Once you know the difference between your actual temperature and the dial setting, you can compensate by raising or lowering the setting. You should also note, that the difference between the setting and the actual temperature might be different in a low oven, as compared to one set at a higher temperature. That is why it is good to keep a thermometer in there, and take a peek at it once in a while. After some time, you will be able to reliably gauge how your oven behaves. For the most part, there is no need for an oven to be all that precise because the kind of cooking we do in there allows for a great deal of temperature variance.

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