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Product Help | Maytag

Possible Causes for Poor Baking Results

How to Improve Baking Performance in Your Maytag Oven

If you are not getting the desired baking results, there are some things you can do. 


Preheating is necessary for good results. For optimal performance, place food in the oven as soon after the signal as possible. Avoid leaving the door open for an extended period. Preheat times ranging from 12 - 15 minutes to preheat the oven to 350°F is normal for ovens with all racks in (+/- 5 minutes). 

Use the correct bakeware: 

The bakeware material affects cooking results. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and use the bakeware size recommended in the recipe. 


Hot air must be able to circulate to cook food evenly. Allow 2" of space/clearance around the baking pan(s) and the oven walls. If multiple pans are used on one rack, do not let pans touch each other or the oven walls. This could result in hot spots and faster cooking around the areas where they touch. 

Rack position: 

Most baked goods will perform best if a single rack is used and positioned according to the type of baked goods.

  • Top Rack: Generally used for toasting or baking.
  • Center Rack: Used for the majority of baked goods, cookies, layer cakes, and casseroles.
  • Bottom Rack: Generally used for roasting meats.
  • Multiple Rack: When multiple racks are required, distribute them as evenly as possible to provide good air circulation.


Want additional information? 

CLICK HERE for helpful tips for broiling

CLICK HERE to learn how to correct uneven baking or browning


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