If your oven cooking times are off, recalibrate your oven temperature to match an accurate oven thermometer. The procedure is in your oven’s instruction manual.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:November 2010
Set an oven thermometer on the center shelf and let the oven heat to a constant temperature.
On this GE oven, you press the “bake” and “broil” buttons simultaneously,
and then press “bake” to enter the temperature-adjusting
mode. Then you keep pressing the “+” or “- ” button to coordinate
the thermostat with the actual oven temperature.
If the temperature in your oven
doesn’t match your temperature setting,
or if your new oven just doesn’t
cook like your old one, you can recalibrate
the temperature setting. The
instructions for adjusting the temperature
are in your instruction manual. If
you don’t have a manual, ask the manufacturer
to send you one or go online
and search for a downloadable version.
Enter your oven’s model number
along with the words “instruction
manual” in the search box and you’re
sure to find what you need.
You’ll need a good-quality oven
thermometer to see if your oven is
heating accurately (Photo 1). (We show an OXO brand). Check local retailers (kitchen and department stores
tend to carry good ones) or buy one online. Place the thermometer on the center
shelf and wait for the oven to maintain a constant temperature. Then use
the procedure outlined in your manual to match the temperature setting to the
thermometer reading (Photo 2).
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
You'll need an oven thermometer and the oven's instruction/owner's manual.
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