May 1, 1991 |
Dear Polly: I would appreciate knowing what is considered to be a simmering temperature in an oven? I prefer to cook soups in ovens rather than on top of the stove because they don't burn as easily on the bottom. - C.S. I have excellent results cooking pot roasts in the oven at 225 to 250 degrees. The result is a very tender, flavorful pot roast. Soups and meat stocks can be cooked at the same temperature. Of course, since ovens vary greatly in their temperature accuracy, monitor the pot to find the optimum oven setting in your own oven.
March 19, 2003 |
The oven wouldn't work, but it was a good stove, not something to be cast away lightly. I called a friend who knows about these things and he gave me the name of an appliance repair man. Tom was friendly on the phone. I was hopeful he might bring us good news but braced for the worst. He was even more friendly in person. He had grown up in our neighborhood before moving out to the suburbs. He remembered dances at the Catholic school across the street. He talked as he checked out the oven: "Well, it's an old one, but the problem is really simple.
February 11, 1987 |
Whether you are new to microwaving or a long time owner, everyone appreciates microwave shortcuts and tips for success. To quick thaw frozen whipped topping, microwave a 4 1/2-ounce carton on Medium Low (30 percent) for 1 minute. For a browner looking pie crust, brush with dark corn syrup, maple syrup or vanilla for sweet fillings. Brush with Worcestershire or soy sauce for savory fillings. Microwave a two crusted fruit pie for 10 minutes on High, then place in preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes or until browned and juices are bubbling through slit.
August 9, 2009 |
It is my research partner's birthday, and I want to bake her a cake. Here in this small town in the Peruvian Andes, I am unsure how to begin - I have no electric oven to bake in, and certainly no Internet with which to search for a cake recipe. A growing international health nonprofit sent my partner and me to San Jose de Secce on a reconnaissance mission. We eat and sleep at the Medina family's hospedaje, where women huddle around the wood-burning stove with Se?ora Medina, gossiping and chewing coca leaves while the household band of cuy, or guinea pigs, run rampant at their feet.
August 22, 1990 |
Dear Polly: My cookies always burn on the bottom before the tops are quite done. Is there any way I can prevent this? - Terri Dear Terri: Your oven may be too hot. Many home ovens have inaccurate thermostats, so you may be cooking at temperatures higher or lower than what you think you've set them at. An inexpensive oven thermometer, available in most cookware gadget departments, can give you the correct oven temperature, and you can then adjust...
November 12, 1986 |
Dear Polly: How can I remove a stale odor from the inside of my microwave oven? - Betty Dear Betty: If you think the oven needs cleaning, wash it out thoroughly with a little baking soda dissolved in hot water. Then, if the odor persists, place a cup of water, with several tablespoons lemon juice added, into the oven. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes. This should freshen up the oven nicely. I'm sending you a copy of my newsletter, "Eliminating Household Odors," which includes other tips for freshening up your household furnishings and appliances, as well as formulas for homemade air fresheners and methods for destroying obnoxious odors such as tobacco smoke, musty mildew, paint and cooking odors.
November 12, 1986 |
Four years ago last month, Mark T. Collins, 23 and living alone in a house in the Feltonville section of the city, told his family in a note that he was "going away" and that they would never see him again, police said. Yesterday, police and family members identified his decomposed body, found Monday night in an old bread-baking oven in the basement of the now-vacant house, in the 300 block of East Rockland Street. He apparently had climbed into the large brick oven and shot himself in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun shortly after writing the note, police said.
December 31, 1986 |
Microwave manufacturers have designed two new compact microwave ovens that are incredibly versatile. They microwave, toast, bake, broil and microbake using thermal heat. Basically, they are under-the-cabinet units that can replace a toaster oven, thereby reducing some of the clutter in small kitchens. Appealing to apartment dwellers and condo owners, they offer the consumer a combination microwave that is compact and more reasonably priced than the larger units previously available.
November 2, 1988 |
Most people who have tasted sun-dried tomatoes concede that they are delicious and lend themselves to many wonderful uses. And all agree that they're expensive, ranging from about $16 to more than $25 a pound. Plus, an 8 1/2-ounce jar of sun-dried tomatoes just doesn't last very long. If you decide to beat the cost and make them yourself, most recipes are time-consuming, requiring a week of drying and turning. They're also barely feasible for urban dwellers or people who live where the sunlight isn't especially strong and the air isn't especially dry. The fact is you can make a good version of sun-dried tomatoes, which is actually a food of the less affluent people of Sicily.
March 22, 1989 |
Q. I read an article on how to dry fruit. The process involved constructing wooden frames, using cheesecloth and drying the fruit outside for two to three weeks. I need something faster. Can fruit be dried in the oven? - Jen Haeseler Auburn, Pa. A. "Stocking Up" by Rodale Press gives the following information on how to dry fruit in the oven: The fruit to be dried should be perfect - unblemished, unbruised and fully ripe. One oven can take about six pounds of fruit. Fruit should be exposed top and bottom.