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Why should one pre-heat an oven?

It is not a problem to put whole potatoes for roasting in the oven while it heats up. In fact, it's a good idea. However, if you are following instructions or cooking times written for a preheated ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

In general, you wouldn't want to put a sealed glass bottle filled with any liquid in your oven. If you want to try and are still working on it, remove the cap, empty the alcohol into another container,...
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Oven management in restaurants

tl;dr - they never turn off. I've never worked in a kitchen with only one oven. I'm sure they exist, but I've never been in one. That said, contrary to moscafj's answer, I've certainly used ovens ...
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Do modern ovens bake the same as the old ones? Is the new oven the reason popovers don't rise?

I'd guess it's not the new oven that's wrong, but the old one. Older ovens has less accurate thermometers & were maybe 20° hotter at the top than the bottom. The chances are your hand-me-down ...
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Do household ovens ventilate heat to the outdoors?

I've never seen one that vents to outside, and I've used kitchens in several countries. In many places we need to heat our houses for quite a few months each year, and the waste heat from cooking is ...
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Pizza stone made out of multiple pieces

Do not do this. Marble is, compared with ceramic brick or lava stones, extremely vulnerable to thermal shock. Your "bricks" will almost certainly crack within a few uses, and might even ...
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Why should one pre-heat an oven?

FuzzyChef gave a good answer. To add to this a bit, the reason it's good to cook potatoes in a cold oven or starting from a cold pot of water is so they cook more evenly. Otherwise the outside is more ...
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Knowing temperature in oven with no preheat indicator

You don't mention if it is an gas or an electric oven, but if it is the latter, there is generally an easy way to tell if the oven is up to temperature without a thermometer. Give the oven about 10-15 ...
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Is there aroma transfer in wood fired ovens?

The book is correct, for two reasons: Wood-fired pizza ovens are not smokey, instead having very good draft in order to allow maximum hot fire burning. A pizza is in a Neapolitan pizza oven for 60-...
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Can a microwave oven cook chicken?

A microwave can cook a beef steak or piece of chicken to a safe temperature and make it edible, however the result is often tough and you won't get a crust of any kind on it. When you cook something ...
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Why do I need to use the oven to make crème brûlée? Or do I?

You can certainly use the stove, it is just that using the oven works better. on the stove, you will have to babysit the water bath so it doesn't get too hot. In the oven, it is less likely that this ...
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Accidentally left the oven on overnight, do I need to do anything?

No, ovens are designed to function for long periods if necessary, for example in overnight cooking. You might have some burned-on dirt that is harder to clean than usual. I've done this before and ...
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Pizza stone made out of multiple pieces

America's Test Kitchen did tests of pizza stones, and one was actually a set of bricks. They found no problems from the seams ... which makes sense, considering that brick ovens would've been made ...
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My new convection/convention oven will not bake anything correctly

The first thing to do is buy an oven thermometer to see what temperature your oven actually is. Technicians have no real way of knowing what the temperature is when you are using it; what you need is ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

Use different modelling clay Two-part putties such as Milliput are just as well designed for fine model-making, and set in air at room temperature. If you start with a white putty then you can mix it ...
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Does it matter if you don't preheat the oven for frozen French fries?

For fairly forgiving things like french fries, I've never found it makes a difference. Typically I turn the oven on, get the chips (which is what we call them here) out of the freezer, and the baking ...
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Why does it take longer for food to bake when the oven is full?

Regular domestic oven - so, not convection. Fill it up with pans, poor air circulation. The area near the thermostat sensor may well be at 400 °F (or depending how much your oven lies, it may not - I'...
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Making crispier waffles in the oven

You will never ever get crispy anything out of a silicone baking dish. Silicone conducts heat too poorly; it won’t be able to bring the surface of the food far above boiling temperature, which is ...
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Melted plastic wrap in oven at high temp

It's doubtful the plastic vaporized. It probably just made a hole because it melted and stretched. I'm sure your oven is safe. Any tiny amount of plastic that might have melted and landed on a surface ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

I don't know how hot or how long your polymer clay bakes for, so you might get away with it, but in general I wouldn't risk putting a sealed container in the oven, whatever the contents. The primary ...
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Does my electric oven need to be calibrated?

The advantage is not having to make adjustments in baking to compensate for how your oven is different than the one in the recipe (allowing for the generous assumption that the writer of the recipe ...
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Preheating oven increases temperature?

Sadly, yes. Your oven most likely has been running too hot for a while and now that you are actually measuring it, you noticed it. We have a lot of Q/As on the site that recommend using a separate ...
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Would cooking a leg of lamb for 12 hours be a problem?

It shouldn't be a problem. I would probably use a lower cooking temperature however. Start with a highish temperature of about 180-200C, to bring the meat out of the danger zone quickly, then lower it ...
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What temperature would a "quiet oven" be in old fashioned temperature vocabulary?

A “quiet” oven is likely around 325° to 375°. The two main resources I’ve used are the Internet Archive and Michigan State University’s Sliker Culinary Collection. The term “quiet oven” does not ...
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Can a microwave oven cook chicken?

By itself? Not really, the results will end up edible (i.e. fully cooked) but not very tasty (chewy, no searing/caramelization). However, there are dedicated "microwave grill" devices like the ...
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Do modern ovens bake the same as the old ones? Is the new oven the reason popovers don't rise?

One thing to check is whether the new oven has "convection" baking features, and if so, if they might be turned on. My wife and I have an oven with a convection baking mode. A fan blows the ...
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Why does baking cooked rice not overcook it?

Rice does taste a little different after baking, and its texture is also a little different, but the reason it is not mushy or overcooked is that the recipe controls the moisture levels. Totally ...
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Why does baking cooked rice not overcook it?

There are several factors involved here. Being stuffed This plays quite a big role. My mother would usually run out of peppers and place the extra stuffing in the pan alongside the peppers. The ...
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Why should one pre-heat an oven?

The other major reason to heat the oven in advance is that the oven will run the heating elements at full duty cycle until the oven comes to temperature. This effectively turns the bottom of your ...
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Oven management in restaurants

In restaurant kitchens, during service, ovens are mainly used for finishing, so food only spends a little time there (if at all). Often, a salamander is used to quickly broil. So, the oven, as you ...
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