Avoid using dark-coloured metallic bakeware as it absorbs more heat
Cooking in an oven is not as intimidating as it may seem. Yes, it’s a bit tricky but not if you get to know your oven. There’s a lot that your oven can do for you and so it deserves more attention. It can make crisp cookies, turn your meat tender or simply cook a healthy dinner. Who doesn’t love a house filled with the smoky aroma of cinnamon or herbs arising from goodies fresh out of the oven? If you’ve not had one, we’ll tell you how to have a healthy relationship with your oven. Here are few basic things to keep in mind while using an oven.
1. Most ovens come with different metal racks. Use the one according to the dish you are cooking and remove the others. Make sure your oven is clean and does not sneakily hide any burnt leftovers from its last use.
2. Temperature is important – both while pre-heating and while cooking. Usually, the oven is pre-heated to its maximum temperature. Also, make sure you don’t oven the oven frequently with the dish inside as it causes the heat to escape and that will increase the cooking time.
3. Keep in mind that hot air or heat rises up. Therefore, if you want to cook something slowly, play it in the bottom tray. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a crisp surface then place your dish on the top tray. In most baking and roasting recipes, it is best to use the middle rack as the heat remains consistent there.
4. Avoid using dark-coloured metal bake ware as it absorbs more heat and the chances of charring your food are higher. Light-coloured metal, glass, cast-iron or silicone works well as they help in transmitting the heat equally and prevent the risk of burning the bottom. If you’re using a dark-coloured metal utensil make sure you place it on the upper most rack so that there is some distance between the heating rod and the dish.
5. Make sure you don’t place anything over the oven while it is in use. Also, make a point to check that the vents on either side are clear and there’s nothing placed over because you don’t want to fire up an entire oven. Definitely not! Make sure you are armed with the right oven accessories and equipment such as a baking sheet and oven mitt.
Follow these easy tips and before you know kit you’ll be cooking in an oven like a pro. For now, if you’re looking to experiment, get your hands on our 10 best oven recipes.