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When you bake a food, you are using dry heat (no open flame) to heat and cook the food. This is typically done using an oven.


Difficulty to learn: Easy/Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

Baking using an oven is a fairly straightforward process: set the cooking temperature, adjust the racks in the oven, and close it up during the baking process. But, nailing the exact temperatures and rack heights can be finicky.

When in doubt, keep the oven rack adjusted to the middle of the oven. The closer to the bottom of the oven, the faster it heats up. So use the top for broiling, and the bottom for quick and fast baking items.

Always check the recommended temperature of the recipe itself. Guesswork could lead to your food being over or under baked.

Tips For You:

  • When baking, always use oven mitts. Even if you think the pan is cool, someone could have heated it up when you weren’t looking.
  • If you are unsure of how long to bake your food for, choose a low estimate. Once a food is overcooked, there’s no going back.

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