If your oven doesn’t have a digital display, you’ll probably notice that the slider switches controlling the temperature have numbers on them. You might see 1 – 7, 1 – 8, or 1 – 9 depending on your oven model. These numbers are known as gas marks, and each one corresponds to a standard programmed temperature, with 1 being the lowest setting and the highest number being extremely hot.
It can be frustrating trying to get your temperatures right – many just take a wild guess, but this can result in undercooked meat or too-crispy vegetables. You could also buy an oven thermometer to be absolutely sure. The following information will help you decide which gas mark to use.
Gas Mark 1 – 135-140 degrees Celsius (very low setting)
You could use this setting for keeping plates and meals warm, or slow cooking a rib roast to medium rare.
Gas Mark 2 – 149-150 degrees Celsius (low setting)
Some people prefer to bake cakes at Gas Mark 2 for longer, so that they cook all the way through. Very slow roasted meat is cooked at around this temperature for 6-8 hours, depending on the size.
Gas Mark 3 – 163 degrees Celsius (warm setting)
If you’re making a Christmas cake for the silly season, your recipe will probably tell you to cook it at Gas Mark 3 for 2 hours.
Gas Mark 4 – 177 degrees Celsius (medium warmth)
Gas Mark 4 is suitable for some casseroles and pies. Sponge cake, cheesecake and cupcake recipes also frequently call for short baking times of 15-25 minutes at 180 degrees.
Gas Mark 5 – 191 degrees Celsius (moderately hot setting)
Gas Mark 5 is great for lasagne if the pasta sheets don’t have to be pre-cooked.
Gas Mark 6 – 204 degrees Celsius
If you don’t have time to slow roast, this setting is great for roasted meats and vegetables, cooked for anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on the size of the roast. Frozen pizzas can also be done in 15 minutes on this setting.
Gas Mark 7 – 218-220 degrees Celsius (hot setting)
Here’s a hot tip: once you’ve cooked your pork roast, put it back in the oven at Gas Mark 7 for an extra 20 minutes to make your crackling extra crispy.
Gas Mark 8 – 232 degrees Celsius (very hot setting)
Turn up the heat to Gas Mark 8 for quick and easy scones, but keep an eye on them: 10 minutes is all it takes. Many recipes also call for roasting lean meats at a high temperature for the first 15 minutes, and then reducing the heat.
Gas Mark 9 – 246-250 degrees Celsius (extremely hot)
This setting is extremely hot, but if you’re lucky enough to have a pizza stone, preheat the stone for 30 minutes at this setting before placing your pizzas in the oven. 10 minutes later, you’ll have pizzas that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
If your oven is not heating as it should and you need oven repairs, Matic Service representatives are waiting for your call. To arrange an appliance repair specialist to your Inner West Sydney property, call our team on (02) 9709 6188.