3 Cooking Hacks for the Oven You Need to Try

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Find out if these hacks to skip preheating, clean the inside of your oven and identify hot spots really work.

There are a TON of appliance hacks out there — but how many of them actually work? We’re putting three of the most common oven hacks to the test. If your checklist includes cleaning the kitchen, don’t forget the appliances. The first hack we’re testing is a homemade, all-natural oven cleaner. Does this work better than the store-bought stuff? Watch to find out! Next up, supposedly you can use your broiler to cut preheat time in half, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

We’ll also test a popular hack involving a loaf of bread. Apparently, if some pieces of toast cook more than others, you’ll be able to tell if and where your oven has hot spots. If you find any, you’ll know it might be time to call in an expert to take a look. We’ll see if it works. (Either way, this is a life hack for whipping up a ton of toast at the same time. Keep this in mind for your next at-home brunch!) Watch below to find out which of these hacks passed our test.

Hack #1: Cleaning your oven with a homemade, all-natural solution and baking soda.

  • Combine 2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, lemon peels and rosemary in a spray bottle.
  • Let infuse.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the oven.
  • Spray mixture throughout oven on top of baking soda. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Hack #2: Use the broiler to cut preheat time in half.

  • Turn on the broiler and wait a few minutes.
  • Set desired bake temperature.
  • Cook food as instructed.

Hack #3: Use toast to find out if your oven has hot spots.

  • Set oven to 350°F.
  • Lay out slices of white bread evenly across baking rack.
  • Put rack back in oven for 10 minutes to see how it cooks.

Want even more tips? Check out these oven maintenance tips to keep your oven running strong.

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