Oven - Grrr!

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rosiesq

Oven - Grrr!

Hi guys
New here, just discovered you all. Can anyone help? I've just started baking again, after separating and sorting myself out. I've dug out all my old favourite recipes, but I'm having problems with my oven. It's an electric fan oven, I know that it cooks hot, and I have to lower the temperature by 20 degrees, but it also cooks fast, and seems to dry my cooking out. Any ideas please as to how I can improve things? Thanks.

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SonyaK

Oven - Grrr!

Hi, and welcome to DOL!

My first thought was have you got an oven thermometer?
Ovens often aren't at the temperature they say, so check it and adjust it if necessary.
Lowering the temp. for fan ovens is a good start, but I'd still check the "real" temperature you're cooking at - you may be surprised!!

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rosiesq

Oven - grr

Hi and thank you. I did think that may be a good idea! Any thoughts on the drying out business?

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maggie-

Oven

If you are renting, your appliances will be covered by a gas/electric certificate that your landlord or agency requires by law so you could ask them to call an engineer out, this should be at no cost to you. If not renting...I would still call an engineer to have a look, better to be safe than sorry! : )

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Kayb

Drying out

Hi Rosie, have you thought of putting a roasting pan of water on the bottom of the oven, or is the element there? Some cooks throw a cup of water in the base of the oven, either way the idea is to dampen the atmosphere, the same as putting a container of water on your radiator.
Karen

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rosiesq

Oven !

Hi, and thank you, sorry it took a while to get back. Karen, that sounds like a good idea, as I've been told before that electric ovens dry out food, so I'll give that a go. Also going to try an oven thermometer, just need to decide which one. Thanks again. Oh, and the oven is mine, not rented, and at the moment funds don't run to an engineer, I'm afraid!

 
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