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  (Jun 7, 2018)

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

  • Mister C F  (Jan 4, 2019)

    450° Kelvin

  • chuckywang  (Nov 26, 2018)

    The only thing hotter than the ovens in this video is Kimberly Mas.

  • Gavin  (Jun 7, 2018)

    At that temperature, the little elves inside the cake are forced into labor.

  • square pizza  (Dec 1, 2018)

    M T hwhat—

  • 4ern ic8it  (Jun 20, 2018)

    oh i get it now so is that like the Keebler effect

  • NIAtoolkit  (Jun 7, 2018)

    I bake at 420 and the brownies are always perfect

  • Scoopity Hoopity  (Dec 18, 2018)

    N O I C E

  • Kelsey CoCa  (Sep 12, 2018)

    +Maximilian Jack heheh

  • Chehal Ravi  (Jun 8, 2018)

    This video should have been 3:50 minutes long

  • Valencia Blanc  (Jun 28, 2018)

    I want to like the comment but the count is at 350

  • Stella Bar  (Jun 20, 2018)


  • Sam  (Jun 7, 2018)

    Yeesh, pretty bad time to head a baking institute called ICE.

  • BUGZNTA  (Jul 1, 2018)

    Pretty bad time to be a dumbass that cant tell the two apart.

  • Jimmy Lo  (Jun 11, 2018)

    yeah i'd recommend a name change to ICES

  • The Trammell  (Jun 7, 2018)

    It's gotta be about _Tree Fiddy_

  • Maikind K.  (Jul 13, 2018)

    Was ist Tree Fiddy? Je ne comprends pas...🤔

  • sorry m8  (Jun 11, 2018)

    The Trammell no no, it FREE FITTY!

  • Sai Skanda  (Jun 7, 2018)

    Video is 3:33 long instead of 3:50.I'm going to riot!

  • Sattvi Tripathy  (Jun 10, 2018)

    But that's almost equal to 3,5 minutes

  • Matt Nobrega  (Jun 10, 2018)

    Sai Skanda The video is still raw!

  • Tahlia Seirlis  (Jun 7, 2018)

    how did you get steve buscemi on here?!

  • Iliekwaffles  (Jun 9, 2018)

    Every other country: *heavy breathing*

  • Gathering No Moss  (Jun 15, 2018)

    So proud of their metric, as though THEY personally decided to use it rather than it being required.

  • Brendon Fraser  (Jun 10, 2018)

    As for baking, all our stoves have both measurements on them. We trade a lot though with america so we just use their system. A lot of everyday life things haven't changed to metric, like weight and height and cooking.

  • Our Founding Liars  (Jun 7, 2018)

    So did ovens melt steel beams? Investigate ovens. Keep asking questions.

  • Abdega  (Sep 25, 2018)

    The adiabatic flame temperature of kerosene and/or jet fuel is approximately 2100°CThe melting point of iron is 1540°C and *LOWERS* as carbon is added to it such as in steelSo if anybody is actually wondering: yes, yes it can

  • john dowe  (Sep 14, 2018)

    +DoubleGoon another gulf of tonka accident