You’re using your oven all wrong – how to see if it’s heating correctly and how to fix the issue

DON'T you hate it when you're baking something and despite doing everything correctly, your food comes out undercooked?

Well, this might mean that your oven is not calibrated correctly – but there's an easy way to find out.

A cooking expert, who goes by the name of Paleo Gluten-free Guy, revealed this is a common issue.

"First, you start by buying an oven thermometer," he advised in his video.

"Super cheap at hardware stores, grocery stores, or online.

"Turn your oven to 350 degrees, place the thermometer in the middle of the rack in the middle of the oven and once you think it's reached 350, give it another 10 minutes to make sure.

"Then, pull out the thermometer."

He then showed how his oven actually heated up to 325, per the thermometer.

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"Now I know my oven runs 25 degrees cooler than I thought."

A person in the comment section then added that people should continue to test their ovens the next day.

"Set to 375 degrees and see if the thermometer reads 350. Reason: 350 is the perfect temperature for caramelization!"

Sadly, the TikTok user revealed there's no way to really fix this issue unless you call the oven's manufacturer.

The simplest fix for this issue is to crank your oven higher when cooking.

For example, if a recipe calls for 350 degrees, you crank up the oven to 375 if it runs 25 degrees cooler.

Same thing if it runs too hot.

Previously, a cleaning expert revealed their top tips for leaving your oven gleaming with no grease.

According to Matthew Harrison at Price Your Job, ridding your oven of stains doesn’t need to be a painful task.

He advised you can do it very easily using cheap products or ingredients that you probably already have lying in your cupboards.

He said: “If you leave grease and grime in your oven, this is a fire hazard as the oil splatters may eventually ignite if they come into contact with the hot oven surface or heating element. 

“Burnt grease can also create excess smoke to set off your fire alarm and leave an unpleasant smell that will linger in your kitchen.”


Baking soda is a non-toxic, inexpensive, and effective oven cleaner for removing turkey grease. 

Simply mix 3/4 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of warm water until you have made a paste. 

A larger oven may require more product, so just double the mixture if you see fit. 

Add in two or three drops of essential oils for a fresh fragrance. 

Ensure your oven is off and completely cold and then using a clean paintbrush, spread the paste in the oven’s interior, avoiding the oven door and bare metal surfaces. 

For extra tough grease and tight corners, you can use a clean toothbrush. 

Leave overnight and remove the grease with a damp cloth. 

Repeat the process again if there is any excess grease until your oven is sparkling clean.


Did you know that your dishwasher tablet can be used to remove turkey grease from the oven too? 

Simply pop one or two dishwasher tablets into warm water, long enough for it to soak up water, but not long enough for the tablet to dissolve or crumble. 

Wearing rubber gloves, hold the tablet and use it to scrub off the excess grease in your oven. 

I recommend using the flat bottom of the tablet in circular motions for the best scrubbing action and results. 

If the tablet gets too dirty or begins to dry out, dip it again in warm water and repeat. 

The best part is that the dishwasher tablet is also safe to use on the oven glass door and bare metal surfaces. 

When you’re finished, wipe away any residue with a damp cloth. 


This next hack will leave your oven smelling fresh and looking clean, without any scrubbing required. 

In a medium-sized, oven-proof bowl, fill 3/4 way with boiling water. 

Add in two lemons, which have been cut in half, and place in a preheated 250 degrees oven. Turn off the oven after 45 minutes and let it cool until it is warm enough to touch. 

Use a wet scouring pumice to simply wipe away any dirt and grease from the oven. 

This method works well for light-medium levels of grease, if you are dealing with an extremely dirty and greasy oven, it is recommended to use the bicarbonate of soda method.


Spray vinegar directly on the grease stain and let it sit for about five minutes. 

This will soften the grease, then scrub away with a soft sponge. 

For best results, apply vinegar when the oven is slightly hot to break down difficult, caked-on stains. Vinegar is also a great grease preventative for your baking pans. 

Simply boil one cup of vinegar with ¼ cup water in your pan for 15 minutes to prevent the grease from sticking and potentially splattering into your oven.

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