Do Gas Ovens Need to Be Preheated?

Do Gas Ovens Need to Be Preheated?

While gas ovens heat much quicker than electric ovens, they do not do so fast enough to eliminate preheating entirely. If a recipe calls for a pre-heated oven, a gas oven normally reaches the temperature in about half the time it would take an electric stove to heat up.

In many cases, pre-heating is a completely optional step that only wastes energy. Most meats, vegetables and casseroles will come out fine without pre-heating. Breads, pastries, pies, fresh pizza and souffles, on the other hand, require strong heat throughout the cooking process and can come out flat or soggy without a preheat. As a general rule, any recipe involving baking powder or yeast is best placed into a pre-heated oven.