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Old 11-26-2006, 09:50 PM   #11
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How old is the oven. Like many have said, it could very well be the thermostat. A very simple fix.
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Old 11-27-2006, 12:38 AM   #12
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As a second "check" measure, be sure your thermometers are accurate. Bring a pot of water to boiling, which is 212 degrees F. Insert your thermometer(s) in the hot water. If they register 212 degrees, they're accurate. And, yes, you should be preheating your oven.
Actually this is not a recommended way to check a thermometer unless you live near sea level. Here in Denver, water boils at about 206. At higher elevations it can get to well below 200. The most dependable (and recommended) way to check a thermometer is to fill a glass with ice cubes, then fill it with water. Let it set for a minute to stabilize, then the reading should be 32. This works at any elevation.
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:31 PM   #13
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As has been stated before - it sounds like your oven thermostate is way out of calibration - especially since it consistently cooks too slow. You need an oven thermometer - one that will monitor the thep of the oven, not the probes that you use to monitor the temp of the food you are cooking.

I would suggest the Taylor #5921N Commercial Oven Guide thermometer. It's the most accurate and doesn't ever need to be calibrated - unlike the "dial" type that use a metal spring that will get off with time and useage. They will run you about $15 no matter where you get them ... for Sur La Tab to Ace Hardware to Target. The above link was to Amazon just because they have the best picture - and you can enlarge it. Since you have an Ace Hardware there in Key West I would try them first.

As for checking the calibration of "cooking" thermometers ... some can be calibrated and some can't. Dial types that can be calibrated should be set for the boiling point of water - since Key West, FL is at sea level that would be 212F. Digital models will usually have two calibrations ... a zero or set point (set to 32F) and a span which is set to the local boiling point of water, again 212F in your area. If your thermometer is a wet bulb type - it doesn't need recalibration.

CHECKING YOUR OVEN:

Get a sheet of paper and down the left side make a column ranging from 200F to 550F (or whatever you higest oven temp is) in 25 increments. This isn't quick but it will give you an idea of what you are working with.

Place the top oven rack in the center position of the oven and put the oven thermometer in the middle of the rack (this should be the middle of the oven) - and preheat to 200F, wait for 5 minutes after the oven indicator says it is at temp. Pull the thermometer out, check the temp, put it back in the oven, and record this next to 200 , ie, 200 = 135. Bump the temp up 25 (to 225) and repeat. Keep repeating this process until you reach the top end of your oven temp range. When you are done you will have a chart of the actual oven temps you get from the dial settings.
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:17 PM   #14
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Yup, you can't get closer to the sea level than Key West : )

Thanks for the tip. I might try that method later, but it looks like I've found the problem already. I've tried preheating the oven at 350 and at the moment the indicator turned off, the oven thermometer gave a reading of about 310 (-_-); But then I tried preheating it for a longer period of time, and when I checked it it was at the right temperature : ) I'm gonna test it out a few more times to make sure. I hope the meat cooks now! : D
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:56 AM   #15
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I'm gonna go out on a limb then and say if you want 350, set for 400 and see where it is. You are off by 40 degrees(obviously) so set it to 400 and see if it is between 350-360. Sounds like a case for calibration.

I though people in Key West only cooked on a grill, or drank their dinner(like I did when I was there).
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:11 AM   #16
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Yup, you can't get closer to the sea level than Key West : )

Thanks for the tip. I might try that method later, but it looks like I've found the problem already. I've tried preheating the oven at 350 and at the moment the indicator turned off, the oven thermometer gave a reading of about 310 (-_-); But then I tried preheating it for a longer period of time, and when I checked it it was at the right temperature : ) I'm gonna test it out a few more times to make sure. I hope the meat cooks now! : D

Longer preheating seems to be the answer.
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