The Foolproof Way To Preheat Your Oven In Record Time

If you're one to freely and comfortably use your kitchen for cooking and baking, your oven is probably your best friend. You might even know your oven like the back of your hand, especially if you've accidentally burnt part of your hand while sliding a dish in or out of the oven. While the use of the first official oven was recorded in 1490 in France, it wasn't until the innovation of the electric oven in 1896 that we know and use today that totally revolutionized the way we cook and bake our food (via Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center).

With over 100 years under the appliance's belt, we'd like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to its optimal use and function. No matter what you're conjuring up in the kitchen, it's best practice to always preheat your oven to avoid ruining your food. Moreso, the default baking temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit has never let us down. But there are still some tips and tricks that still strike us by surprise once we come across them. The latest oven tip involves a new preheating method that really saves so much time in the kitchen, we're mad we didn't know it sooner.

Broiler to the rescue

Have you ever poured your blood, sweat, and tears into preparing an amazing dessert or home-cooked meal, turning around to put it into the oven to finally bake, only to find that you forgot to preheat the dang oven? Fear not! There is a quick oven hack to preheat your oven in record time, saving you 15 minutes of wasted misery as you stare at the oven as it slowly preheats. According to Cooking Light, using your oven's broiler can help preheat your oven in just a couple of minutes. 

To fully take advantage of this hack, put your oven's broiler on high for three to five minutes. Then, set your baking temperature and watch the magic happen. Because the oven heated up quickly with the broiler's intense high heat, achieving your 350 degree Fahrenheit goal can take an average of just two minutes. Yeah, we're jaw-dropping over this. Of course, it's important to note that every oven is different, so times may vary slightly.