🧳 Essential Gear:
Rimmed baking sheet: Quarter-sized is best if you plan to cook multiple items at once with different cooking times. Example: $-$$
Spatula: For flipping smaller items. Must be heatproof (e.g., silicon or wooden, not plastic).
Digital Thermometer: Particularly useful when cooking poultry, meat, or baked potatoes. Ensures food is cooked to perfection.
Parchment paper: Protects pans from residue, caked-on oil, caramelized sticky messes. Practically eliminates the need to wash your pan.
Tongs: For turning larger items.
Oven mitts: Important for protecting your hands. Potholders & kitchen towels can also be used but are more prone to slip.
Cast Iron Pan: Great for whole roast chicken.
Aluminum foil: To keep things warm or let them rest after cooking.
📝 Notes, Tips, Tricks:
Keep a crock with utensils & tools near the oven.
Check your rack height before preheating the oven so you don't have to handle racks while they’re blazing hot.
Don't make a habit of storing items in your oven when you run out of space in the cupboards; you will almost certainly preheat the oven while forgetting they are there!
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