oven never seems to cook things crispy..

  • oldrat
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    #1678669

    hey I have had this oven for years.. and it just never seems to bake things crispy or dry.. they always seem to come out a touch soggy.. even French Fries.. they will burn before they come out crispy.. any thoughts ideas.. things to fix? I appreciate all the advise that I have gotten here over the years..

    munchy
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    #1678675

    Electric or gas?

    Have you checked your temperatures?

    How long do you let it preheat? Preheating involves heating the entire oven, not just the air. If you don’t preheat long enough the moment you open the door it will let all the heat out and the oven will have to start over. Even if there is a preheat light, I always do at least a 15 minute preheat.

    oldrat
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    #1678677

    electric.. and no I am not a ‘pre heater”

    1hl&sinker
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    On the St.Croix
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    #1678696

    Without preheating steaming starts to occur so the food is cooked before a crust can form and the outside of the food gets saturated from the steam where its unlikely to dry out.
    Try cooking as you normally do, when your food is almost done pull the food out to rest while turning on the broiler or cranking the heat to 450.
    When you feel the oven is up to temp put food back in oven and cook a while longer 10 or 15 minutes. Watch closely. Letting it rest stops the cooking process internally. This is a good method for beef roast starting at 250 degrees till internal temp is 121 degrees.

    riverruns
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    #1678702

    Pre heat the oven. Go there and do that before you take the food out of freezer, and turn on the oven. Then in 10 minutes the oven will be preheated and ready to go. Food also gets done quicker in a preheated oven. Turn on the broiler setting at the end if you like.

    An oven is like a man’s inside grill when it’s really cold outside.

    Bassn Dan
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    #1678748

    Preheat at least until the oven “says” it’s up to temp, and it’s better to go longer especially for higher temp settings. Most ovens now use a timer, not a thermostat, for the preheat indicator to be energy efficient….

    Also run the self-clean cycle to clean the oven if it’s been a while. The self-clean burns the crud out of the oven’s vents so it has better air circulation and things will brown better.

    ?????
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    #1678749

    Does your oven have a convect bake setting? If so use it. thisng wil crisp up faster and cook faster as well.

    munchy
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    #1678755

    electric.. and no I am not a ‘pre heater”

    I suggest trying to cook a couple meals after a good preheat and see if it makes a difference. Also get a cheap oven thermometer and hang it on the middle rack just to see if you have somewhat accurate temps.

    I also like the suggestion of the self-clean, if the oven was pre-owned that is. You never know what the previous owner may have cooked in there. If you got it new then it maybe for naught. Just do it on a nice day where you can open the windows and have a fan or two going. It may make some noxious smoke.

    jeff_huberty
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    #1678759

    hey I have had this oven for years.. and it just never seems to bake things crispy or dry.. they always seem to come out a touch soggy.. even French Fries.. they will burn before they come out crispy.. any thoughts ideas.. things to fix? I appreciate all the advise that I have gotten here over the years..

    I could send MY wife over for ya, she is an expert at crispy coffee

    Iowaboy1
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    #1678778

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>oldrat wrote:</div>
    hey I have had this oven for years.. and it just never seems to bake things crispy or dry.. they always seem to come out a touch soggy.. even French Fries.. they will burn before they come out crispy.. any thoughts ideas.. things to fix? I appreciate all the advise that I have gotten here over the years..

    I could send MY wife over for ya, she is an expert at crispy coffee

    hopefully she doesnt use the smoke alarm for a timer like mine does!!

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