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oven too small?

The previous owner said she had never used it, but who knows how long it had been in place. The paperwork is very clear that the warranty is good for 1 year since date of purchase and non transferable to new owners. Original receipt for oven and original receipt for paid repairs must be submit. If Frigidaire determines the repairs were due to mfgr defect, they will reimburse for repairs.
I'll definitely give them a call though and see what we can work out.

I'll clean the oven again and get an oven thermometer to verify that's the problem this weekend :)

Thank you for all the suggestions!

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

Good to know. Thanks!
I just cleaned the oven after thanksgiving, but there may be a little splatter in there. I'll get in there good again this weekend in hopes it will help a little.
The oven has been terrible since we moved in though and it was brand new.

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

We own :-P
Do you really think a digital thermometer could flux that much without the oven being responsible?

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

Thank you. It's a digital oven so I don't know how much home calibration could occur.
I think the previous homeowner bought it new. But she admits she never turned it on (take out or microwave dinners...)

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

Y'all are awesome. Thank you.

I'm using my digital meat thermometer hung in the air in the middle of the oven. Thermostat set to 200* results in air temps as high as 282 and dropping as low as 143 before rising again in to the high 270s.
My thermometer maxes out at 350 so I can't accurately test higher oven settings, but let's assume it's the same issue.

Unfortunately, it's an electric oven so the gas company can't help. But it looks like if we set aside hubby's snack budget for a new oven I'll be back in business :)

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

Oh and my bread is fine. I bake all our own breads, cereals, etc from scratch. My daily bread has always been fine.

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

Excellent suggestion. Thank you!

My whole roasted chickens and occasional pork tenderloin have turned out perfect.
This is so bizarre...

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

oven too small?

I think my oven may be small. I don't know what the problem is, but I canNOT bake chicken any more :(

I've been home cooking for about 9 years now. We made the switch to organic / free range about 6 years ago. We have moved several times. I've baked in electric ovens and gas ovens, new and old, digital and electric - and I've never had a problem baking/ roasting meats.

Back in April, we moved to a new-to-us-house and I haven't been able to properly cook chicken since then.
I have a Frigidaire oven that measures 18" wide by 15" tall by 18" deep.

The chicken takes longer than usual to cook. I bought both an anolog and digital meat thermometers just to make sure I'm not underestimating the meats.

The 'typical' amount of time to bake chicken leaves the chicken still pale and bloody. Double the amount of time usually gets the chicken up to temperature and by then the meat is dry and unpalatable.

I've tried brining and/or marinating.
I've tried high temps for a fast roast, and I've tried slow and low. I've tried starting high to brown the outside then turning the oven low to finish. I've tried starting low to cook the meat more thoroughly and then turning the oven up to finish.
I've tried wrapping baking dishes in foil or parchment paper.
I've tried fresh cuts from a local butcher. I've tried 'fresh' chicken from the grocery and cooked it that same day. I've tried previously frozen meats.

Thin fillets of flaky fish have been okay - a little dry, but okay.
Whole brined roasting hens with tons of butter in the cavity turn out fine.
But whole breasts, breast tenderloins, legs, quarters, drumsticks, and all other cuts of chicken I've tried are ruined in my oven.
We typically do pork in the Big Green Egg and hubby will only eat grilled steak with regard to beef, so chicken I guess chicken is my only issue.

Any suggestions?
I used to be fabulous in the kitchen! Now our grocery budget has doubled because we're wasting so much food and my hubby doubles up on snacks to get by.

Dec 27, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

low-fat option other than applesauce?

Thanks!
She's also intolerant of barley (all-purpose flour) and yeast, so I'm baking our own bread for breakfast and lunch. Yeast free breads tend to be really dense so I'm using a lot of olive oil for moisture.
Banana or other fruits would be great for our breakfast bread!
I try to go more savory for lunch time. Yogurt sounds like a great addition!
We don't do sweets all that often. The next family birthday is in September, so I'm okay on cake recipes for now.

I'll play around with our more frequent recipes and let you know what tastes best :)

Jun 10, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

low-fat option other than applesauce?

Yes, to my knowledge it's both. We've been instructed for complete avoidance for 6 months and then try adding back in small amount of apple to see how she responds. So for now at least, all apple and apple-byproducts.

Jun 10, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking

low-fat option other than applesauce?

Hi,

I'm a fan of subbing applesauce for oil when appropriate to reduce saturated fats and calories in my baked goods. I just found out my daughter is allergic to apples! Is there anything else that might sub for oil to reduce the fat?
I've considered pumpkin, but that has such a unique flavor to me that I don't know if it would work for our daily bread.
Thoughts?

Jun 10, 2012
allergymomma in Home Cooking