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Old 11-26-2006, 02:57 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my oven?

Ok, it might not be the oven, I must be doing something wrong Meat just doesn't seem to ever get cooked in my house! I always worry about meat being undercooked so I've been using thermometers. Well, I can never follow the time directions on recipes anymore, it takes me at least twice as long, if not longer. It goes on forever and by the time the thermometer shows a decent temperature the outside is all burnt and I feel like tossing it. I even thought the thermometer must be wrong at first, but now I use two, so I'm sure it works. Any tips?

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Old 11-26-2006, 02:59 PM   #2
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Do you pre-heat your oven before you start to cook your food?
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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Is it an electric oven? I also echo the same concern about preheating. I know my oven has an indicator that lets me know that it has reached the desired temp.

That is a strange thing to happen with your oven. If it is electric, I wonder if the heating element is bad or maybe the internal temp gauge of the oven is off.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:18 PM   #5
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Buy an oven thermometer and ensure your oven temperatures are accurate. It sounds like that could be the problem.
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:19 PM   #6
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I do preheat the oven, but I'll try the oven thermometer and see what it does, thanks! : ) I'll test the other thermometer too, thanks for the tip Katie.

I do sometimes forget to let the meat get to room temperature first, I suppose that doesn't help either. Well, I did manage to save my roast today : ) It took almost two hours longer than expected, but it was delicious.
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:24 PM   #7
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Buy an oven thermometer and ensure your oven temperatures are accurate. It sounds like that could be the problem.
My oven temp is 30 degrees off so until I'm ready to pay an electrician to put a new heat element in, I'm using an oven thermometer.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:14 PM   #8
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You should pre-heat your oven before using it and also buy an oven thermometer.
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:25 PM   #9
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If the temp is off, you probably need either an adjustment to the thermostat or a new thermostat.
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:46 PM   #10
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My oven temp is 30 degrees off so until I'm ready to pay an electrician to put a new heat element in, I'm using an oven thermometer.
If it is consistently off by the same amount you may just need to recalibrate. With my oven that just means pulling off the knob and making an adjustment with a screw driver to the back side of it.
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