Preheating the oven has always been a thorn in your side, especially when you’re trying to put dinner on the table ASAP.

Zee Krstic
September 19, 2017

Whether it’s because something came up unexpectedly, or because you totally forgot to turn the oven on (we’ve all been there), using your oven to put dinner on the table can be unnecessarily challenging.

Sometimes, if your oven isn’t ready to roll when you are, you might psych yourself out and abandon your dinner plans all together. This could be a costly mistake, and you might resort to a faster (read: highly caloric) pitfall.

Those 15 extra minutes of preheating time really do make a world of a difference, and we have a kitchen hack for heating your oven even faster – the broiler.

Sara Tane

If you put your oven’s broiler on high for 3 to 5 minutes, you’ll find that your oven can reach higher temps almost immediately when you set the oven to the necessary temperature later.

I witnessed this magical, time-saving advice firsthand. Using my standard, two-rack oven for a test run, I found that I was able to get the interior heated to 350 degrees in just 2 minutes after using my broiler first.

Photo: Jen Causey

Thanks to this ingenious shortcut, you’ll never have to hover in front of your oven, tapping your fingers on the door, again.

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