What should I pay attention to when using the oven?

1. In addition to the regular steps of checking the equipment, cleaning the oven, etc., there is also an important work - empty baking.
The purpose is to remove grease and residue from the oven. These impurities need to be volatilized by heating and burning, so it is normal if there is smoke or a small amount of odor.
2. The best way to know the oven - temperature measurement
Different brands and models of ovens have different temperatures. Before use, it is best to use a thermometer to measure whether the displayed temperature of the oven is consistent with the actual temperature, so as to adjust the baking temperature and time according to the recipe to prevent the food from being overcooked or undercooked.
Consistent upper and lower fire of the oven, independent temperature control, and hot air mode that is turned on midway will affect the temperature change in the oven. Fully understanding the oven temperature before the official baking can increase the probability of successful cooking.
3. Preheating, is it really that important?
Preheating the oven is probably the least important preparation step.
If you wait for the temperature to rise after adding the ingredients, the baking time will be greatly prolonged, and the state of the food is difficult to control, not only can not be said to be beautiful, but even the taste will be affected.
Generally speaking, you can preheat at the same temperature for 5~10 minutes according to the baking temperature of the reference recipe. Of course, the specific situation still depends on the model of the oven.
4. Can the oven door be opened during the baking interval?
Many beginners like to stand by the oven when they first practice, eager to see if their work is successful, and even open the oven door repeatedly to check the status of the food.
But in fact, every time the oven door is opened, the temperature inside the oven will drop sharply, and it is difficult to recover in a short time.
During the baking process, you must have enough patience, otherwise there may be problems such as the filling is not solidified, the center of the cake body collapses, and the expansion is not complete.
5. Beware of refrigerated ingredients
If you have fully understood the true temperature of your own oven and preheated it thoroughly, but the baked food is still a little short of "perfect", it may be related to the temperature of the ingredients when you put them in the oven.
Putting the refrigerated ingredients directly into the oven will quickly reduce the temperature in the oven by 10~20℃.
If there is not enough time for the ingredients to rise to room temperature, you can increase the preheating temperature appropriately, and then reset the temperature to the actual required temperature after adding the ingredients.
6. Reserve "up" space
For baking recipes that require the addition of yeast, baking powder, and baking soda, the expanding nature of the ingredients during baking can throw the process out of control.
Therefore, before making these "expansive" foods, it is best to familiarize yourself with the recipes carefully, determine various possibilities and the best "baking position", and leave enough "up" space.
7. Don't rush to power off
An oven that has just finished heating needs some time to dissipate. It is best to wait until the oven temperature has completely cooled before turning off the power.
For some ovens with built-in computer boards, when rapid cooling is required, the oven door can be fully opened to dissipate heat.
But be careful not to open it halfway, otherwise the high-temperature heat will directly impact the computer board on the upper part of the oven and damage the built-in circuit.