Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Saving energy during oven pre-heating
Have you ever read a recipe that told you to pre-heat your oven first thing -- before doing 20 minutes (or more!) of work to get your food ready to be baked? That's a lot of extra heating time!
I timed how long my oven takes to pre-heat. (Mine takes about 5 minutes to get up to 350 degrees; higher temperatures take a little longer, of course.) Now, when I'm baking, I turn on the oven when I am just a few minutes from being ready to put the food inside -- usually for me, that's about when I'm greasing the pan(s) and getting ready to pour in the batter or form the cookies. :)
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