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Carol's latest book, Gluten-Free Cooking for Two, is now available. Designed for small households, each perfectly-proportioned recipe serves two people. You will eliminate unwanted leftovers and reduce waste when you cook right-size meals with the 125 recipes in this book. Enjoy!! Celebrate with me!!! Gluten-Free Cooking for Two has won two awards: named one of ten "Best Gluten-Free Cooking Books in 2017" by Healthline.com and won a Silver Medal in the 2017 Living Now Book Awards in the "Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian" category.
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Calibrate Your Oven for the Best Gluten-Free Baking

There are many reasons for disappointing baking results, but here is one that you can control: your oven temperature.

Properly calibrated oven helps gluten-free baking

Properly calibrated oven helps gluten-free baking

With the Fall season here and holiday baking just around the corner, you will be firing up your oven more often.

Take steps now to make sure your oven is properly calibrated so your baking will be the best it can be.

The experts at Fine Cooking magazine suggest the following steps in calibrating your oven:

[1] First, buy a new oven thermometer and replace it every year because they lose accuracy as they get older. They are inexpensive and easily found in the baking aisle at your supermarket or at kitchen stores.

[2] Position the thermometer in the center of the oven so you can see it through the window.  Set the oven temperature to 350°F and listen for the beep that signals it has reached that temperature. This preheating period can take as much as 20 minutes or more, so be patient.

[3] Once you hear the beep, record the oven’s temperature every 20 minutes until you have four readings.  Be careful not to open the oven door during this time because that will let heat escape and affect the temperature indicated on the thermometer. Also, don’t bake anything in the oven while you are doing this test.

[4] When you have four readings, add them up and divide by four to get the average temperature. If that number is between 325°F and 375°F, your oven is properly calibrated. It is normal for oven temperatures to fluctuate about 20 degrees above and below the set temperature. But if your average temperature is below 325°F or above 375°F, consult the operating manual for your oven to find instructions for calibrating it. Some ovens are easily calibrated with the turn of a screw (you just have to know where that screw is). Or, call in a professional to do the job. It’s a small investment in your baking success.

[5] Finally, periodically put an oven thermometer in your oven to keep tabs on the temperature.

Now, get in the kitchen and start baking those bars, cakes, cookies, breads….everything!

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