Why 350°F is the magic number for baking

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  • Published on:  Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Turns out there’s a lot of chemistry in cooking.

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    Ever notice the first step for baking a cookie is almost always to preheat the oven to 350 degrees?

    Even when you’re baking something else, an oven with a digital temperature reader typically defaults to 350. What’s so magical about this number and why is it that so many recipes call for it?

    I spoke with longtime pastry chef and Institute of Culinary Education creative director Michael Laiskonis and found that – as with most “magical” things – it’s actually science.

    Special thanks to Chef Daniel Kleinhandler of Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud and Chef Jenny McCoy for their help with this video!

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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +782

    350° Fahrenheit = 176° Celsius. If you're curious why America still uses Fahrenheit, watch our video to find out: http://bit.ly/2JAuXcN

    • Luky0805
      Luky0805  1 months ago

      Mike Adams O really? I think you never converted from cm to dm etc.

    • bogboy
      bogboy  2 months ago +1

      Nathan N no it’s a loser country

    • Nick Arehart
      Nick Arehart  2 months ago +1

      Excellent video! :) I'd just add a chemical correction that the sugars themselves do not reduce, as you claim: they are referred to as "reducing sugars" because they OXIDIZE as heat is applied, thereby REDUCING other compounds (such as proteins).

    • Stratos
      Stratos  2 months ago +1

      Its 220°C in my Country. Its everywhere

    • Kevin Morley
      Kevin Morley  3 months ago

      Catherine Blackburn they use cup & ounces, after brexit I hope we go back to imperial measurements

  • Ben Roley
    Ben Roley  50 minutes ago

    0:31 abolish ICE

  • p1mento
    p1mento  3 hours ago

    Lol ICE

  • J
    J  yesterday

    my cookies are magic-proof

  • Masaharu Morimoto

    325 and a little extra flour for the best chocolate chip cookies!

  • Jeff Kyeng
    Jeff Kyeng  8 days ago

    Is it just me or these guys have some insane editing qualities?

  • Štěpán Staněk
    Štěpán Staněk  23 days ago

    Aka 180°C

  • Z7 Code & Design
    Z7 Code & Design  25 days ago

    You mean 356°F?

  • Jennifer Matthews
    Jennifer Matthews  1 months ago

    I always wondered why my mom cooked everything on 350°

  • notqxeen_
    notqxeen_  1 months ago

    Thank you for the info, I never wondered why 350F was the hot spot heck I becked lower sense I thought that was middle thank you!

  • Lla Ming
    Lla Ming  1 months ago +1

    That man is SOOO PALE! He is the colour of the white plate.

  • Bly Gilmore
    Bly Gilmore  1 months ago

    I've never said this before ... this makes me want to bake.

  • jxsilicon9
    jxsilicon9  1 months ago

    Depending on if you're above or below sea level.

  • Noah8368
    Noah8368  1 months ago

    0:31 That’s an unfortunate acronym for “Institute of Culinary Education”

  • Lone Rider
    Lone Rider  1 months ago +1

    Nah, everyone’s oven is different, I have an older oven and 325* is the magic number, at 350 you risk burning shxt!!

  • Dr. Riq
    Dr. Riq  1 months ago +1

    Cheesus Crust, Vox -- one instance of Celsius isn't gonna cut it! What the hell are all the other Fahrenheit temps about?! *D I S L I K E*

  • commengaytor
    commengaytor  1 months ago

    The baker guys voice doesnt match his looks

  • musclemang
    musclemang  1 months ago


  • kelan andersson
    kelan andersson  1 months ago +1

    I'm hungry now.

  • krioco Dough
    krioco Dough  2 months ago