Do you want to test a recipe found on the net or in a cookbook that was offered to you? The catch, some recipes in the oven are indicated in degrees Celsius and your oven is thermostat… No worry, we explain you while reviewing the equivalences and conversions between Celsius and thermostat.
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Use its thermostat 1, 2 and 3: your oven in degrees
A conversion technique exists to have in mind the equivalencies that allow to convert a thermostat to degrees Celsius and vice versa, degrees Celsius into thermostat. If your cooking recipe indicates a thermostat unit ranging from 1 to 9, you just need to multiply this unit by 30 to get the temperature in degrees.
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Thus, thermostat 1, 2 or 3 simply corresponds to very mild temperatures of 30, 60 and 90 °C respectively. This temperature is used in a conventional way to warm up a dish or to thaw rather than cooking.
The formula for not to be mistaken:
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- Convert a temperature from degrees:
180 °C/10 = 18 18/3 = Thermostat 6
- Convert a temperature from the thermostat:
Thermostat 5 x 3 = 15 15 x 10 = 150°C (or 300°F)
Conversely, if you know the cooking temperature of your roast beef but your oven only indicates thermostat units… You will have guessed it, simply divide the number (ranging from 90°C to 250°C in general) by 10 and then by 3. Note: many recipes are baked in the oven at 180 °C (medium oven, thermostat 6) or 210 °C (hot oven or strong oven, thermostat 7).
Recognize the nuances of heat or oven temperature
At your favorite cookbook publisher, you will find everything and most importantly, different ways to express cooking temperatures. It will be rare to find books in French expressing degrees in° Fahrenheit (American recipes, in English) but often you will have to make the link between degrees Celsius and thermostat depending on the brand and model of your oven.
Our little reminder:
- A warm oven corresponds to thermostat 1 in very mild temperature (30° C or 85° F).
- A soft oven will more correspond to thermostat 2 and 3, gradually pulling on the thermostat 4.
- An average oven is equivalent to thermostats 5 and 6, or 150 °C and 180°C (300 and 350°F).
- Thermostat 7 is then considered a hot oven, at 210 °C or 410 °F.
- Thermostats 8 and 9 are reserved for very hot oven, from 240 °C to 270°C, rarer.
Sometimes no temperature index is given on the recipe sheets and you will have to go around with the approximations… Do not panic, at the nearest 5 degrees, cooking your favorite dish is not endangered!
Can I do slow cooking in a thermostat 1, 2 or 3 in the oven?
Slow cooking is today a principle and technique highly appreciated by chefs , allowing to preserve many flavors, vitamins and the raw qualities of the ingredients. Slow cooking can start from 90°C, i.e. thermostat 3. Below this temperature, you will only dry out the ingredients while warming them gently.
This technique is safe and can be implemented by the whole family, both men and women! If you Want to know more, go to our pages dedicated to slow cooking for more information and some recipes to simmer quietly while watching a good movie…
Thermostat and temperature matches
- Thermostat 1, 2 and 3
- Thermostat 4
- Thermostat 5
- Thermostat 6
- Thermostat 7
- Thermostat 8 and 9