This really is the story of why I needed an oven thermometer, but consider this my PSA for anyone who’s been having trouble with their oven… (And, for the record, this is not a paid post about thermometers )
I moved into a new place earlier this month and have been quite challenged by living in an older building. The apartment itself is great, but everything seems to break or fall apart every time I turn around and the kitchen is no exception.
Remember how a few weeks ago I shared the crazy story of the glass pan that exploded in my oven and I had no clue why? Ever since then I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that my old oven runs hotter than the temperature I set it to. This suspicion only got stronger as I noticed recipes were repeatedly burning. So, I finally decided to purchase an oven thermometer and check it out for myself.
The results? You won’t believe this… I didn’t believe this… My oven runs 200 °F hotter than the temperature on the dial says. Say wha?!
Mine might be an extreme case, but it reminded me of a great article I had read by Cook’s Illustrated where they tested several ovens and found that most can differ by as much as 90 degrees!
When it comes to oven thermometers, there are two different types: the old-school ones with the glass bulb and the ones with the large dial-face. (Note: I’m not talking about the instant-read thermometers that are used for taking the temperature of food.)
I ended up purchasing this one with a dial face because it’s easy to read and has both temperature scales since I do follow non-US blogs which use Celsius for cooking. The great thing about having an oven thermometer is that you can be much more accurate in your cooking and ensure that an oven is sufficiently preheated.
If you do a lot of baking or make dishes that are very temperature sensitive, I might recommend getting a thermometer. The great thing is that most oven thermometers are pretty cheap (mine was $8) and this simple tool can ensure that recipes turn out as they’re supposed to.
Do you own an oven thermometer? Has this been helpful in your kitchen?