Don’t you hate it when it’s time to pop your dinner or baked good in the oven, only to realize you forgot to preheat? Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s a clever hack for preheating your oven with a quickness!
Some foods—like casseroles, lasagna, or roasts— will be just fine if you put them in the oven without preheating. Others, however, need heat immediately.
Dishes with flour, eggs, or basically any leavening agent, likely need full heat immediately to set properly. If you’re an avid baker, you most likely always have to preheat.
So, what can you do when your cake or bread is ready to go in the oven but it’s still ice cold? Use your broiler!
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According to Rachel Fairbanks over at Lifehacker, the broiler is a quick, easy way to get your oven hot. She recommends turning it on for three to five minutes to give your oven a quick burst of heat. Then, turn off the broiler and set your oven temperature to whatever you need. Thanks to the existing warmth, your preheat time will be dramatically reduced.
Now that fall’s here and all that holiday baking is on the horizon, this is a handy trick to keep in your back pocket.