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.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOEver 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!Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +847

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

  • Gavin
    Gavin  a years ago +2417

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

  • NIAtoolkit
    NIAtoolkit  a years ago +1612

    I bake at 420 and the brownies are always perfect

  • Chehal Ravi
    Chehal Ravi  a years ago +554

    This video should have been 3:50 minutes long

  • The Trammell
    The Trammell  a years ago +1320

    It's gotta be about Tree Fiddy

  • Sam
    Sam  a years ago +1097

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

  • Sai Skanda
    Sai Skanda  a years ago +316

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

  • Iliekwaffles
    Iliekwaffles  a years ago +45

    Every other country: heavy breathing

  • Tahlia Seirlis
    Tahlia Seirlis  a years ago +281

    how did you get steve buscemi on here?!

  • silvervixen007
    silvervixen007  a years ago +455

    For those wondering: 350°F = 177°C

  • Mewtwo21
    Mewtwo21  a years ago +252

    Insert triggered comment about not using Celsius.

  • Our Founding Liars
    Our Founding Liars  a years ago +567

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

  • Catam Vanitas
    Catam Vanitas  a years ago +93

    I just love how Vox uploads videos about things I never knew I was interested in

  • Lisandro Julian
    Lisandro Julian  a years ago +29

    I bake at 18904 Delsiums my brownies, which are something like 3542 Oxydelzios or 1402 bananometers, which is a measure i personally made up but hey i dont care about the rest of the world

  • Dongxian Ma
    Dongxian Ma  a years ago +22

    Another episode on: Questions I didn't know I wanted answered

  • Goos
    Goos  a years ago +19


  • I Don't Give A F*ck!
    I Don't Give A F*ck!  a years ago +10

    Thanks for the metric version at 0:04

  • Tidbit
    Tidbit  a years ago +8

    I see a lot of comments about Metric and Imperial, I don't know about other Metric countries but here in Canada we tend to use both forms of measurements. Pool temperature is almost always said in Fahrenheit, so 80 is great, 75 is cool, and 65 is where did my n*ds go! And baking is always done in Fahrenheit, 350, 450 etc. . . Also, houses are framed with 2x4's in Canada NOT 5x10's so that's also a thing. I always find when measuring that if a distance works out to an even number of centimetres than I'll use that number, but if it works more evenly in inches than I'll use that; I think knowing and using both is so much better. (Oh, and when you post stuff in Canada it's always how many pounds, not how many kgs)
    Edit: And also air temperature is always read in Celsius, so like the "The pool is 78, and that's great because this 30degree weather is killing me."

  • Daniel 786
    Daniel 786  a years ago +10

    For those wondering. It takes literally 5 seconds to concert any temperature. 350F - 32=318
    318 divided by 1.8 = 176.66 C repeating.
    You can do this with any number and if you wanna go from Fahrenheit to Celsius just do it completely backwards. Multiply 1.8 then add 32.

  • iea96
    iea96  a years ago +45

    "Onion is on 350"