Your new oven is shiny and new, you bought it from the store and now you want to start cooking!
But wait… what’s that smell? What does this button do?
Don’t worry! This article will tell you everything you need to know about your oven.
First of all, we’ll start with the basics: how the controls work. Your brand new oven probably came equipped with a basic control panel such as this:
1. Timer – Set the time for when you would like your food finished e.g., 10 minutes for your garlic bread. Your oven will beep at the end of this timer, so take note of when it will beep using the minute and second hands on your clock.
2. Temperature – The dial for this control can be located on the top or bottom of your oven, and it changes between Celsius and Fahrenheit measurements.
3. Function – This control will allow you to select different cooking modes; grill mode, baking mode, roasting mode, etc., depending on your model of oven.
4. Fan Speed – Some higher-end ovens have a fan speed control which allows you to choose how fast the hot air should blow around inside your oven – useful if you want crispy or moist meat! If your oven doesn’t have a fan speed setting then don’t worry – just set it to full blast!
5. Grill/All Surface Heat Source – Grill mode is great for cooking things like steaks, chops, and stir-fries – if your oven has a grill function then you can select this by turning the control knob to “grill” or pressing the corresponding button.
6. Oven Light – This is usually located in the top of your oven door, which allows you to see how your food is cooking without opening the door!
Now that you know how your oven works you can go ahead and get started with making something! You may have noticed that there are metal racks inside your oven – these are called ‘shelves’ and each shelf has prongs on it to stop hot air from coming straight up into the roof of your oven every time you open the door (it’s!). To remove a shelf just pull it out from the oven, to put it back in again simply push the prongs into place on either side of your oven. If you don’t have a shelf you can use baking trays as an alternative as long as they are heat resistant and won’t melt or deform.
Now, you may notice that there is some smoke coming from your oven – don’t be alarmed! That’s just the residue leftover on your oven, it will quickly stop once you’ve cooked a few things. If this happens to you then simply open up one of the windows (if it’s cold outside don’t worry about opening it too much) and wait for the smoke to clear. After about 10-15 minutes the smell should have disappeared completely.
Cooking Tips For New Oven
Next, let’s discuss how to tell if your food is done cooking or not. This is an important step in making sure that you do not serve undercooked or burnt food. If you are baking something like cakes or slices then use the wooden skewer test; stick a wooden skewer (or a knife if you don’t have a skewer) into whatever you are cooking and then hold it to your bottom lip. If the tip of the skewer/knife is cold then it’s not done, but if the metal is warm then it’s ready to come out!
For things like roasts and meats, use something like an ovenproof thermometer in the center of your meat to check that your food is cooked all the way through – this will prevent overcooking or undercooking. If you want crispy hot chips for dinner, try putting them on one of your grill trays and setting them to ‘grill’ mode instead of baking mode.
The last point we’ll mention about using your new oven is that you don’t need to cook everything on your stovetop first and then move it into the oven – a lot of dishes can be cooked entirely in the oven! This means less washing up afterward which is always a bonus.
Your oven is now ready for cooking – try making a cake! Remember that if you’re using a fan speed setting then set the knob to full blast – airflow speeds up when this burner is used so things will cook more quickly at high fan settings.