For time-crunched cooks, an important question: Does having to pre-heat your oven deter you from a recipe because it takes so long? A recent discussion at the Test Kitchen tasting table got many of us wondering if there's a way to do it faster. Test Kitchen Fellow Rachael Daylong took up the challenge of testing the temps.
In order to develop recipes that fit into our SuperFast column (less than 20 minutes) the Test Kitchen is constantly looking for ways to streamline normal kitchen procedures. We have developed new ways to get food crisp fast by preheating a pan in the oven, or using readily available convienience foods in ways you never thought.
This week I ran a few tests to determine how to get your oven to preheat faster. Like any good scientist I started with a base and measured the time it took a normal oven to reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit (set on conventional bake). I then moved on to see how long it took an oven to get to 450 degrees Fahrenheit if set to full broil. Lastly, we tried to set the oven on broil for 5 minutes and then switch it over to bake to hopefully speed up the process.
The oven set on full broil heated up considerably faster, reaching 450F by 15 minutes while it took both other methods 20 minutes. See the chart below.
A handy tip to know if, like me, you often forget to turn on the oven before you start cooking.
Let us know if you have any other tricks that make your kitchen prep super fast!