Mapping Your Broiler

Cook's Illustrated magazine advises you to find out where your broiler's "hot spots" are by positioning bread slices all across the oven and studying the results after they are toasted. Link -via Nag on the Lake

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My oven dates from "the war", which meant World War II to the woman I got it from. It's a two-ton Magic Chef that ain't going anywhere. Ever.

Too bad the broiler doesn't work. But the rest of it needs no electricity, so it warms the house when the power is out.
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My mother taught me this maybe circa 1976, when I noticed a polaroid of toast sitting in the dangerous sharp implements drawer.
I again was taught this "trick" when I was in home-ec class in the mid 80's. I think there has been innovation in home appliances that you would not need to do this with a new range/oven. Maybe anything pre 90's though.
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This is a really great tip - my oven is really messed - consistently 25-50 deg below the temp on the display, uneven cooking, etc. I'll have to try this. Thanks!
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