Gas Cooker; food is lukewarm?
Cooking microwavable dish in the oven, Gas Mark 5 on packet. It is steaming but tastes lukewarm and wonder if the gas cooker is faulty. Over 30 years old. The top 4 burners work fine but worried about the oven. Will be getting an electric one next few weeks, but have to explain to hubby if there is a potential fault. Thinks I am overreacting.
- CrustyCurmudgeonLv 74 days ago
Depends on the material from which your microwavable dish was made. Some plastics insulate the food from oven heat, even though they expose the contents to microwaves. Microwave technology acts on the food itself and heats it using particle friction. Oven heat has to heat the container before it can heat the food.
- CarsonLv 65 days ago
Check your oven with a good thermometer. If it doesn't read where you set it:
Lift the oven temperature knob off and look inside the hollow tube. You will see a small screw.
TURN IT CLOCKWISE COUNTING THE TURNS UNTIL IT IS LIGHTLY SEATED. WRITE IT DOWN. (This way you can always go back to the original setting.)
TURN IT COUNTER CLOCKWISE TO THE SAME NUMBER AND ADD 1/4 TURN.
*ie 2 1/2 turns in. Final setting 2 3/4 turns out*
INSTALL the knob and add 50-100 degrees. Check it again.
- Anonymous5 days ago
Do you mean you're trying to cook one of those microwave freezer meals in the oven? If yes, it's going to take a long time.
You didn't bother to tell us how long your "lukewarm" food was in the oven.
Get a kitchen thermometer and see if your oven heats to the temperature it's supposed to.
- MarkLv 75 days ago
Buy (or borrow) an oven thermometer and test it with that. But from experience, the cooking/reheating instructions on the packet are often WAY off. For instance, there is a certain kind of meat pie I like, and it says "heat for 20 minutes at 200", yet, it still often is very cold (if not still frozen) in the middle.