How to work out your oven temperature conversion with an easy chart, for conventional, fan, and gas in Celcius and Fahrenheit
It can often be annoying when you come across a recipe that doesn't give you the oven conversion temperature you need!. On our recipes here at Lovefoodies, we tend to add all the options to save you looking for the equivalent for your cooker.
So we've decided to draw up this handy chart which you can print off and keep somewhere handy for when you need to quickly convert the oven temperature.
Here at Lovefoodies, we use an electric fan oven which usually cooks at around 20 degrees lower than a conventional electric oven. I think most new ovens are now fan-assisted, and there seem to be very few gas ovens around now.
What is the benefit of a fan oven?
The fan inside the oven allows the hot air to circulate more evenly and maintain a consistent temperature.
The efficiency of the fan in the oven makes it possible to cook food at lower temperatures. Where you would normally to be cooking at 350 degrees, you could potentially cook food at only 300 degrees in a convection oven.
How do I know what type of oven I have?
Take a look inside your oven and see if there is a fan, usually situated at the back. If you can see it, you have a fan oven.
A conventional oven uses radiant heat from burners or heating elements, so if you don't see a fan at all, it's a convection oven. (Nowadays, the heating elements are not visible, but underneath the top and bottom plates).
Some recipes are quite specific, for example, when you are baking a sponge such as our Strawberry and Lemon Angel food cake, it's really important to get the temperature correctly, and of course the timing of the bake.
Other recipes, such as stews and casseroles don't matter so much if you are 10 or 20 degrees out with the temperature. For example, you can cook a delicious Pasta bake in a moderately hot oven and cook for 30 - 40 minutes, keeping an eye on it until golden.
You do need to bear in mind your elevation, for example, if you live in a high-altitude region, food generally takes a little longer to cook. You can read more regarding cook times and internal temperatures for high altitude areas from the USDA website.
How can I make sure my oven is at the right temperature?
A few things you need to do to make sure your oven is working correctly,
- Keep your oven clean, after each use, at least wipe down the inside of the glass door to remove any splashes and prevent build-up of grime.
- Schedule a full oven clean every 2 - 3 months, depending on how often you use your oven. There are lots of products available to buy to make oven cleaning easier, (we use OvenBrite which seems to be the best one out there requiring the least effort to clean!) or you can pay for an oven cleaning service (it's not too expensive), or see if you have a Pyrolytic oven, which cleans itself when you set it to the self-cleaning function.
- here's a great guide for cleaning ovens.
- If you have a particularly old oven or have moved house, it's worth getting your oven recalibrated. A good way to see if this needs to be done is to pop an oven thermometer in the oven when you are next using it and compare the temperature with what you have set it to.
If it's way out, then your oven needs recalibrating. You may also find that your oven is cooking too hot or not hot enough (such as when you make a cake, it's still raw in the middle when you would expect it to be cooked).
So let's get to the chart and see what temperature we need to set our oven to! Happy cooking and success with your oven!
Oven Temperature Conversion Chart
|Description||Electricity °C||Electricity (Fan) °C||Gas Mark||°F|