Why you need a TruTemp oven thermometer
A lot of people ask me “How come my cake didn’t rise?” Or “How come my cake sank?” Or “Why didn’t my brownies bake all the way through?” Or “Why did my cupcakes overflow the pan?” I have heard a plethora of questions like those relating to why something went wrong during the baking process. To me the answer is, “I don’t know. There are too many variables for me to be able to answer that question.”
The first thing I always ask people is, “When was the last time you calibrated your oven?”
Right. There are many types of ovens but the one thing they all have in common is the temperature inside might not be what the temperature on the knob or the digital readout says it is.
So how do you calibrate the oven?
How do you ensure that the temperature inside the oven is actually what the temperature on the knob or the digital readout says? I am going to assume you are using a residential oven and not an oven that is used for commercial use in a bakery that, by law, must be calibrated by a trained technician on a regular basis. Here is what you do: get a small thermometer that goes inside the oven. Get one of these:
They are pretty small and they do not take up much room. Place the thermometer inside the oven and then turn the oven up to 300F, which is also about 150C. Wait for a while, say 10 minutes should do it just fine, and then look inside the oven and see what the thermometer reads. Should be 300F right? Is it? The thermometer in the oven at my house will say the oven is actually 325F! So if I am following the recipe exactly I have just burnt my cookies. Not sexy.
Make sure that you have placed your thermometer in the center of the oven. The one I use, TruTemp by Taylor Precision Products features an easy-to-read 2 1/4″ dial with a range of 100F to 600F (50C to 300C) as well as a hook so you can hang it from the top rack of the oven. Since there are cold and hot spots within the oven, again, based on a bunch of different factors, hanging the oven thermometer in the center of the oven will give you an overall general idea.
So there you go. Another Pro-Tip to help your baking be better than a private concert by Black Sabbath.
And like The Who sang, “You won’t get fooled again!”
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