It is definitely the time of the year where a lot of people take time to cook amazing dishes either for the holidays or the thanksgiving day. Usually, we would want to serve great tasting food made from home rather than order out from a fancy restaurant. Basically, food is often more enjoyed when you have taken the time to cook it.
Today, that is exactly what we are going to tell you. How to cook multiple dishes in the oven. But first, let us find out if it is really possible to cook dishes simultaneously in the oven.
Can You Cook Dishes Simultaneously?
The answer is yes but eventually, there are some guidelines you’ll need to strictly follow. First, baked goods are not flexible when it comes to temperature. Preheat the oven to the correct temperature for the baked good. Most cooked dishes are flexible when it comes to temperature — this includes meats, veggies, casseroles, baked potatoes and the like.
Yes, cooking simultaneously may take a little less or more time for the cooked dish to be done, but it will turn out the same. Baked goods are more of a science, and each variable needs to be precise. Apart from that, make sure the meat (or main dish) doesn’t have a strong flavor, such as garlic. If that’s the case, it’s best to cook the items separately so the flavors don’t cross over.
Cooking Multiple Dishes
1. Meat is the most flexible.
Technically meat can cook at any temperature until it’s done. The lower the temperature, the longer it will take, and the juicier it will be. If cooking multiple dishes, set the temperature to what the nonmeat dish requires.
2. The meat stays hot for a while.
Large roasts, such as a ham or turkey, will stay hot for an hour after coming out of the oven. Plan on cooking smaller side dishes during this time.
3. Most ovens have a 25-degree variance.
If one dish needs to be cooked at 350 degrees F and another at 400 degrees F, set the oven for 375. Most ovens are off by about 25 degrees anyway, so as long as it’s set around the required temperature, the dish will turn out fine.
After all that, you can arrange the dishes so there is enough space between them. Air should also be able to circulate between all the dishes, so space them out accordingly. Make sure also to clean the cooking area before even preparing to cook, if you have furry pets at home make sure you have the best vacuums for pet hair.