Brace yourself. Today’s post is pretty, pretty, pretty exciting. It’s not for the faint of heart. We’re going to be discussing…oven thermometers! Woohoo!
For years I’ve been planning to try out the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day technique and am just now finally getting my act together to give it a go! One of the “must-haves” in the book is an oven thermometer.
Here’s the deal with me and cooking. I am not very scientific about it. I rarely get out my measuring spoons. I take shortcuts left and right. I’m surprised that the baking I do is successful, actually. My last oven cooked VERY unevenly and it ran cool and was basically a complete mess. Did I ever bother to get an oven thermometer, to get a better idea of what I was dealing with? Nah, I just sort of felt things out. And, most of the time, it was fine, but I’m sure I would have had much better success with that oven if I’d at least known the temperature!
Now that I will be attempting more baking AND since I’m using an oven I’m not familiar with, I’m going to stop messing around and get serious here! I bought an oven thermometer at the store yesterday and tested things out this morning.
I set the oven for 350 degrees and let it preheat for a good half hour. And my oven was surprisingly accurate! It clocked out just under 350 degrees. Of course when I finally get a thermometer, the oven is actually pretty much right on. I am finding, though, that if I want the oven to be 350, I need to set it to 360. Interested to see what the higher temperatures will be like!
Today’s homework, if you haven’t already done so, is to get an oven thermometer! They carry them at the regular grocery store, so no excuses! And when you DO get your thermometer, report back and let us know how your readings come out!
Here’s to happier baking!