I think my oven temperature is off. Could this be why my Glorious One-Pot Meals aren’t turning out perfectly?
You’ve hit the nail on the head. Glorious One-Pot Meals work best when your oven is fully preheated to 450F degrees before you put your Dutch oven inside.
If your oven runs too hot you may find that your veggies are too soft and your meat is dried out. If your oven runs too low, your meat may not be fully cooked and your rice may be too crunchy when you take out your pot. In a Glorious One-Pot Meal, nothing is done until everything is done, so if you’re experiencing a problem like this, it is worth investing in an oven thermometer (about $5 at a cookware store) to see what’s going on in there.
I recently moved into a new house and my Glorious One-Pot Meals were not turning out the way they should. When I unpacked my oven thermometer I discovered that when my oven SAID it was at 450F, it was actually at 410F. Luckily, my oven manual gave instructions on how to recalibrate and it took two minutes to accomplish the adjustment.
The other thing I learned was that when my oven chimes and claims that it is fully preheated to 450F, it is actually only at 250F. So be aware that it takes a while for an oven to heat up that hot, perhaps even longer than your oven claims it does. Now my oven thermometer lives inside my oven and I habitually check it before I put anything inside.
The patented Glorious One-Pot Meal cooking method requires a constant temperature of 450F degrees (230C or Mark 8 in Europe) from start to finish to work correctly. If your meals aren’t turning out the way they should, the first thing to do is to check your oven temp with a separate oven thermometer.