Emergency calls to appliance repair shops increase during the holidays due to the fact that more people are using their ovens to cook holiday meals and goodies. However, having an oven emergency December 24 is not practical as most repair shops can’t get the parts that you need.
One tip to avoid this type of emergency is to try cooking a batch of brownies in your oven. If the brownies come out fine, your oven is working properly.
If the brownies come out undercooked, here’s a few things that can be wrong with your oven:
- How can I get foods to bake evenly in my electric oven?
- How do I keep foods from burning in my electric oven when I want them browned?
- Why are my baked goods burning on top in my gas oven?
- Why are my baked goods burning on bottom in my gas oven?
A guide to freezing food (and saving money)
Many people love to save money by stocking up on food items that go on sale and freezing it for use at a later time.
The Washington Post has an excellent guide to freezing food which you can print out via PDF and post on your freezer or in your kitchen as a reminder.
Here are some tips from the story:
For faster freezing:
- Set your freezer to the lowest setting several hours before adding large amounts of foods to the freezer.
- Space items and packages out evenly, don’t stack them.
Thawing Frozen Items
In the refrigerator: allow one whole day for four pounds of poultry and a one-pound package of meet, two or more days for roasts, steaks or ham.
In cold water: Submerge food in a leak proof bag in a bowl of cold water. Allow 30 minutes per pound of whole poultry and one hour per pound of small packages of food.
In the microwave: Rotate and break up item into individual pieces to allow even thawing.
In the Oven: Add 50 percent additional time to the recommended cooking time of that item.
See the entire article online here, “The Big Chill: A Freezer Guide.”