Is Oven Rack Position Important?

Question: What dishes should go in the middle of the oven and what should I put on the lower rack? Steve G. - Ohio

Answer: Roasted veggies, casseroles and other dishes that you want to be golden-brown on top should go on the highest oven rack, while items that you want to brown on the bottom, such as pizza, should be placed on the lowest rack. Cookies, bread and other baked goods do best in the middle of the oven to get the most even heat. (Tip: Rotate the pans to avoid overbrowning if your oven has hot spots.) -- Tracey Seaman, test kitchen director, Rachael Ray Magazine


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