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The Great Energy Efficient Bake Off – Energy Efficient Oven Use.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

With the Great British Bake Off hitting our TV sets again this evening it’s only right we take a look at how to make sure your baking is done as energy efficient as possible! Here’s our checklist:

#1 – MOT your oven:

Check that it’s working properly, are all door seals in good order and is it clean? A gap in the seals means that as you heat your oven it escapes like a draft of cold area around your window. Make sure all shinny surfaces are kept sparkling. The aim of these is to reflect heat and aid the heating of your cookware. A dull black surface will absorb the heat rather than reflect it. If you have a build up of dirty give your oven and grill pans a good clean.

#2 – Keep the door shut:

Every time you open and close your oven door you’re letting out precious heat! If you have a tea towel dangling from the front remove it and get used to looking in the window. If you’re not lucky enough to have a window on your oven, have a little patience. Investing in a cheap oven time (or using the stopwatch on your mobile!) removes the need for a sneaky peek! The amount of heat lost is dependant on your oven temperature, duration of time open, room temperature and a few other factors.

#3 – Cook in bulk:

If you find yourself heating the oven every evening for one or two items try and schedule your cooking to optimise your oven space. Cook the sausages for tomorrows breakfast whilst that casserole is cooking! Another idea is to cook twice as much so you have left overs for later in the week.

#4 – Bricks and tiles:

The addition of a few terracotta tiles/bricks into the bottom shelf of your oven can help stabilise the heat inside your oven when opening and closing the door. This is because the bricks/tiles are good heat stores that help to reheat the cool air that enters the oven.

#5 – Early switch off:

Switch off the oven before the end of the cooking period, if your oven is at temperature you can switch off and use the residual heat for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

#6 – Space out those pans:

Keep the air circulating by making sure that pans and trays aren’t touching one another. This allows heat to be transferred to your food via convection as well as conduction. This applies to lining your racks with foil too as it prevents the air from flowing around your

#7 – Not when baking:

For many foods the cooking temperature can be a little “give or take”, so there’s often no need to wait for the oven to be pre-heated. This pre-heating time can be used to warm up other foods or simply get a start on the cooking time.

Now get ready to make yourself a cup of coffee, grab a slice of cake and get “Ready, Set…..BAKE!!!”

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  • Nicola Lazenby
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