Methods for Cutting Baking Time

Can I raise the oven temperature to shorten baking time?

By Patty from Westminster, MD

Showing: Answers Sort: Relevance

As far as i was taught, no. if you raise the cooking temp and shorten the time, the outer crust will be over done or burned, while the inner part of whatever you're cooking will remain raw or undercooked. with meat especially, this is dangerous. if you have your meals planed out in advance, it will make starting them earlier much easier.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Well, it depends. Ladyscorpio raises completely valid points, but sometimes I start my chicken if roasting at a higher heat for 15 minutes to get the crisping going or finish at higher heat for crisping, but then the goal is not really to hurry it, but to crisp it.

You probably can crank up over 25 degrees and take 10-15 minutes off baking time, but that would still be in normal range for the item, also some ovens run hotter or cooler. Might check temp to know what your oven normally does, ie is 350 degrees really that or 340 or 360.

But a thing isn't done until it's done. You have to look at the object..Chicken legs move easily no pink to fluid if you poke it at thickest part. Cake withdraws slightly from edges of pan and top does not cave in.

The temps in recipes are there based on general experience as to quality of finished product and health issues, ie doneness.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

One way to decrease baking time is to increase the surface area of the food. Cupcakes bake faster than cakes, tarts than pies, chicken pieces than whole chickens. Bake casseroles in a 9x13 pan, not a casserole dish. If the food has to be in a certain form, increase the oven temp by 25 degrees, no more, or ladyscorpio's warnings will be true.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

As the chefs say on tv there is a reason for temperatures and times on recipes. Don't raise the temperature because the food may not get completely done! You could think it is and it isn't and you could get sick. It is not worth taking that chance. Just cook smaller pieces of meat if you are in a hurry!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Food and Recipes Food Tips BakingFebruary 18, 2010
More to Explore
ThriftyFun on Facebook
ThriftyFun on Pinterest
Enter a Contest
Free Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Related Guides
Cleaning Plastic Cutting Boards
Cleaning Plastic Cutting Boards
Baking Ingredients
Substitution for Cream of Tartar When Baking
Substitution for Baking Powder
Substitution for Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Freezing Baking Soda and Baking Powder
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on March 24, 2016 at 4:41:15 PM on in 873 msecs. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
To Top
Loading Something Awesome!