Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Vintage Recipes: Defining Oven Temperatures

WHAT TEMPERATURE IS A “MODERATE OVEN”? 


Many older recipes don’t give an exact oven temperature for baking food. Most commonly, I see recipes calling for baking “in a moderate oven”. But recipes may also ask for a “hot oven” or a “slow oven”. Well, that seems a bit vague, especially in a time when we’re wanting exact measurements and specifications for everything. So what do you do when you encounter a temperature term like this in an older recipe?

WHAT DO THESE TERMS MEAN?
HOW DO THEY TRANSLATE INTO COOKING TEMPERATURES
AS WE UNDERSTAND THEM NOW?


Not to worry! Although you will find variations in different publications, the following chart breaks it down for you…from the “Cool Oven” at 200˚F, to the “Moderate Oven” at 350˚F, on up to the “Very Hot Oven” at 450˚F. Both Fahrenheit and the approximate corresponding Celsius temperatures are also included. 


Most of the time you will probably just encounter the “moderate oven” but just in case… Be sure to pin this for fast and easy reference later when you come across another vague recipe!



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