Oven Rack Placement for the Best Baking Results

Oven Rack Placement for the Best Baking Results

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This video from Sears PartsDirect shows which oven racks to use when baking in order to get the best results. Where you place food in the oven can affect how well cookies and cakes bake or how toasty brown your pizza crusts come out. Weโ€™ll show you where to place pies, large cuts of meat and toast. Follow these tips and youโ€™ll be a baking hero.

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Oven rack placement is important to get the best results when baking. Use a lower center rack for bread, casserole, roasting vegetables or browning the bottom of pizza crust. If youโ€™re roasting a turkey or a large cut of meat, use a lower rack that puts the top near the middle of the oven for even baking. To brown the bottom of a pie, start baking it on a preheated cookie sheet on the bottom rack. After 20 minutes, remove the cookie sheet and move the pie to the center rack for the rest of the bake time. Bake cookies, cakes, pies, muffins and biscuits on one of the center racks. For two cake layers on the same rack, leave 2-4 inches of space around the pans. The spacing helps the cake layers bake evenly. Use one of the top rack positions when broiling or toasting. The closer food gets to the broiling element, the faster it cooks. To bake 2 pans of cookies at once, position the racks directly above and below the center position to allow for air circulation. Also, offset the cookie sheet positions on the racks. Rotate the pans halfway through for even baking. You might need to add a few minutes to baking time when using two racks. To bake four cake layers, use the same rack positions as when baking 2 pans of cookies. For the best air circulation, make sure none of the individual cake pans is directly above another pan. Always arrange oven racks when the oven is cool. Pre-heat the oven properly. Most ovens need at least 20 minutes to reach and maintain the temperature you set. Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees when using dark or nonstick pans. Finally, donโ€™t peek! Opening the oven door throws off the recipe time. Look through the oven window instead.


  1. Joan Vance on April 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    What position for bread like banana , pumpkin and zucchini bread?

  2. Rishi Neel on April 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Can I use these type of racks in microwave oven

  3. Arvi on April 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks. I’ll try to put my pizza on the bottom center rack. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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  5. Susan Bullock on April 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I searched all YouTube and found your video I’ve always wondered the best area in the oven for different cooking, baking roasting, thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. GIRLS CODE TOO! on April 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    This so helpful thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Itsme Che on April 29, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    How about muffins,cupcake?

  8. Jupiter Scorpio on April 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    This has helped me so much thank you

  9. Leilani on April 29, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Hi, I never thought I’d ever have to YouTube "where’s the middle rack in my oven." We moved to a new place and I have an upgraded oven so I got a little confused. Not only did you give me that answer but I learned so much more! Thank you.

  10. Michell Redwood on April 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. rjmorgansd on April 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I see the oven in this example is an electric one with the heating element at the top. How is rack placement affected with a gas range, which heats from the bottom?

  12. Diana dacks on April 29, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I want to be this manโ€™s friend ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฐ he knows about ovens and his voice is soothing ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. daenerys on April 29, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    this is so helpful. thank you!

  14. Zacco Music on April 29, 2022 at 8:07 pm

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  15. Adam Bruderer on April 29, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Didn’t know Larry the Cable Guy was doing voice work for Sears

  16. gcpia on April 29, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Concise and helpful. Thanks!

  17. O Z on April 29, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    This is the most important and best tips I have ever seen on YouTube for baking in an oven.Every cooking channel should start off with teaching the levels and placement for baking before making recipes . Thank you.

  18. Kathi Drake on April 29, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    What rack do I use for cinnamon rolls?

  19. D'. Alexis on April 29, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    My oven doesnt have a light so I have to peek ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  20. Gail Barwick on April 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Question? I have 4 rack positions. Which one would be considered the center?

  21. Diane on April 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!

  22. Carolina Stevens on April 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Great simple and straight to the point. I would have never guessed to do anything like this. My Xmas cookies will be amazing this year ๐Ÿ˜‹

  23. Amit Patel on April 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Hello , we are manufacturer of this kind of rack in india , can I reach you through your email address?

  24. genileeart on April 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing๐ŸŽˆ