Tip & How-To about Ovens
This tip will help consumers get the best cooking performance out of their ovens, gas or electric. When an electronic controlled oven pre-heats, it has what the manufacturers call "the initial spike". That is, for the time until the unit beeps at you telling you it's at the proper temperature, most ovens heat up 50 degrees or more hotter than what the set temperature is. This extra temperature is to help the floor, walls, and ceiling of the oven reach the same temperature and stabilize, providing more even cooking. When the oven beeps at you, it has measured AIR TEMPERATURE, NOT THE TEMPS OF THE CAVITY AREAS. For **exposed element** models, normally, the consumer should wait approximately 10-15 minutes AFTER the beep is heard.
For **gas ovens**, the consumer should wait approximately 8-10 minutes after the beep before cooking anything.
For **hidden bake element models**, the consumer should wait approximately 20-25 minutes after the beep is heard to cook. This is because the heat from the bake element must pass through the metal of the floor and heat up the oven cavity.
I hope this information clears up some confusion about oven operation!
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