We've all had baking disasters. Overbaking, underbaking, multitasking and forgetting.
The burnt-on-the-outside, raw-on-the-inside mishap that occurred in this patriotic pan cookie was due to incorrect oven temperature. We used a different oven that's improperly calibrated - by a whopping 35 degrees!! So we wasted the time and ingredients for want of a simple gadget all bakers and cooks should have. (And use on a regular basis - just in case things have changed)
Behold.....the oven thermometer. This small, inexpensive tool is critical for getting reliable, consistent results. This is especially important in baking, as 10-15 degrees off in either direction can ruin your results.
You can buy these in stores and online just about anywhere. Prices range from $3 to $12 for a standard model. Check ratings for accuracy on reviews from customers and sources you trust.
Well, off to recalibrate the oven.....Most ovens have a way to do this if you find your thermostat is inaccurate. Check your owner's manual or go online.
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