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This Speedy Trick Will Get Your Oven Preheated In Half the Time

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As a home baker, whipping up homemade rolls, cookies, and cakes from scratch is my bread and butter. But the one step I’m not so fond of is waiting for the oven to pre-heat — it can feel like an eternity when I’m craving a sweet treat. Thankfully, I came across a quick trick for pre-heating it more quickly. I plan on using this one whether I’m short on time or not!

Lifehacker writer Rachel Fairbank shared this simple tip that left me stunned (in the best way possible): She suggests turning your boiler on its highest setting for three to five minutes before setting the oven to its desired preheat temperature. This will speeds things up for your oven because it’s circulating the broiler’s intense heat, allowing it to reach the ideal temperature in 10 minutes or less.

Because the oven is starting out cold and has to gradually come up to the set temperature, you might find yourself waiting 15 to 20 minutes for your oven preheat, depending on the make and model. This handy broiler step will save you extra time, which is especially helpful on those weeknights when you’re trying to get dinner on the table as fast as possible.

Since my oven typically takes around 20 minutes, I’d like to think this trick was made especially for my weekly baking adventures. I tried it out before baking a small batch of frozen cheddar biscuits. First, I let my broiler run on its high setting for four minutes before turning it off. Next, I turned the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It only took nine minutes to preheat — that’s half the time it usually takes!.

Next, I baked the biscuits for about 15 minutes until golden brown, and they came out great as always! I’ll be cranking up my broiler before preheating the oven from now on.

Baked cheddar biscuits

This easy hack means there’s no need to search online for preheating oven tricks when you just don’t have time to wait around. It’ll also make the process of testing out mouthwatering baked recipes — like roasted potatoes or chocolate cake — much more seamless.

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