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Food Q & A

November 30, 1999

Do you really have to preheat the oven?

How do you know if it's at the right temperature if your oven doesn't have any kind of indicator?

Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for General Electric in Louisville, Ky., says whether an oven has to be preheated depends on the item being cooked or baked.

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Cakes, cookies and pastries are more sensitive to temperature and come out better if the oven is preheated to the correct temperature, Wood says.

With meats and casseroles, preheating is not as necessary, she says, but time will have to be added to the cooking time suggested in the recipe if you don't place the food in a preheated oven.

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If your oven doesn't have a light or buzzer to let you know it is at the right temperature, wait 10 to 20 minutes before putting anything in it, Wood says.

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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