3 Ways to Make Sure Your Oven is in Tip-Top Turkey-Making Shape

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, your mind may be in an uproar about preparing for the big day.


Between planning the meal, grocery shopping and tidying the home for out-of-town guests, you can easily forget to prep one of the most critical appliances needed for the day – your oven! An oven malfunction could put a damper on preparing your scrumptious holiday dinner!


Avoid a turkey day disaster by checking these things off your oven to do list in the weeks ahead:


Clean it

Although it could be tempting to set your oven on a self-cleaning cycle Thanksgiving morning, it’s best to do this a couple weeks in advance. Your oven temperatures can reach over 900 degrees during this cycle so you’ll need to give it a rest before turkey cookin’ time.


Check its Performance

You may be using an oven that you are unfamiliar with or has seen many years of use, so calibrating your oven is absolutely essential for holiday success.  Try this fun and simple way to test your oven’s temperature. Start by setting your oven to 350 degrees twenty minutes before trying this trick. This will only test of your oven is running too hot.


  1. Take one cup of sugar and pour it into an oven-safe bowl.
  2. Place the dish in your oven.
  3. After one hour, the sugar should still be in the powder form at 350 degrees. If it has started to melt, then your oven is too hot.
  4. Set your oven to 375 degrees and in 15 minutes the sugar should completely melt. If it hasn’t, then your oven is too cold.
  5. If your oven is too hot or too cold, call your Tiger Mechanical Services for calibration service.


Test Stove Top Heat

We all know that during holiday meals, every inch of your stove top is going to be used in preparation for dinner. It’s a good idea to test and clean each burner to be sure they are working right. Do this at least a week in advance, just in case you have to have something repaired.

Too easily forgotten, your oven is just one appliance of many that should not be overlooked in the weeks leading up to your Thanksgiving Day dinner. Utilizing these proactive tips will help save both your sanity and your stomachs.


Gobble up!