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PinkBalloon123 Fri 06-Dec-19 07:49:53

When cooking frozen food, chips or a birds eye breaded chicken etc. I just whack it in the oven for half an hour job done. But...

do you heat the oven up first?

isabellerossignol Fri 06-Dec-19 07:50:59

Depends if I'm in a hurry or not

tinselvestsparklepants Fri 06-Dec-19 07:51:43

I never used to. Dh does religiously. If he is in the kitchen I do so too, but not if I'm on my own. Zero difference in food outcome.

areyouafraidofthedark Fri 06-Dec-19 07:51:46

I don't heat the oven up first, I just add on an extra few minutes to make sure everything's cooked properly.

InMySpareTime Fri 06-Dec-19 07:52:37

I allow an extra 5 minutes on the cooking time for a cold start.
I sometimes warm the oven, if I remember, but modern ovens warm quickly so it doesn't make much difference really.

HowlsMovingBungalow Fri 06-Dec-19 07:52:59

Always heat oven up and wait for oven temp light to go off and then add food to be cooked.
Have read somewhere it doesn't make a difference with modern ovens anymore.

Dinosauraddict Fri 06-Dec-19 07:53:20

I always warm oven for at least 10 mins before putting anything in! My DM thinks I'm ridiculous and refuses to.

Hollycumpooster Fri 06-Dec-19 07:54:03

I always heat the oven first. I assumed that the instructions that say heat the oven to... means without the food in it fgrin

GreatBritishbakeofffan Fri 06-Dec-19 07:55:11

Yes I always pre- heat the oven. I worry I might make the kids ill if it doesn't heat through properly. My Dh also doesn't agree with me.

clippityclop Fri 06-Dec-19 07:55:15

I click the oven on while putting stuff on to trays and setting the table. I find the result better from full heat.

WhatchaMaCalllit Fri 06-Dec-19 07:55:34

Eh yes. I don't expect an oven to instant each 180 degrees or 220 degrees. I leave a few minutes for it to reach the optimum temperature and then whack the food in.

MrsElijahMikaelson1 Fri 06-Dec-19 07:55:39

My oven has a rapid heat function so doesn’t take long so no-unless I’m baking cakes

funmummy48 Fri 06-Dec-19 07:56:33

Yes, I always preheat the oven.

Daisydoola Fri 06-Dec-19 07:56:57

No I've never pre heated an oven.

fishonabicycle Fri 06-Dec-19 07:57:17

No - generally just chuck it in when I turn the oven on.

Redcherries Fri 06-Dec-19 07:57:18

My oven takes 20 minutes at least to get to temperature, so I do now, I didn’t before though.

Oysterbabe Fri 06-Dec-19 07:57:40

I don't. DH does.
He has no confidence in the kitchen so follows the instructions on the box, if it says preheat the oven then he will. I know when this matters and when it doesn't.

EdithWeston Fri 06-Dec-19 07:58:12

I don't preheat oven (because as one tends to it well in advance, it means it's on for longer and that's wasteful)

I add a bit to the cooking time.

NobJobWinker Fri 06-Dec-19 07:58:25

Depends if I'm in a rush or not

If I don't properly warm the oven first I will add a minute or two to the timer though to ensure its cooked through

20viona Fri 06-Dec-19 07:59:00

Yeah I do but only 5 mins or so

adriennewillfly Fri 06-Dec-19 07:59:21

I have a gas oven - it gets to temp so quickly, you don't need to preheat. My electric oven takes 10 mins to get to temp, so I do preheat that one.

ShippingNews Fri 06-Dec-19 07:59:25

Yes always.

EarlGreyT Fri 06-Dec-19 07:59:34

No, never for frozen food. I just give it an extra 5 minutes or so from the instructions on the packet.

lifeisgoodagain Fri 06-Dec-19 08:00:12

No, but I cook on gas - it's a lot quicker to heat than electric

Witchend Fri 06-Dec-19 08:00:20


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