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Oven Rack Position

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Different recipes usually require different rack positions, say, upper middle rack, lower middle rack, bottom rack, top rack etc.

What is the rationale behind this?

Tx.

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  1. Pies are best to be cooked on the lowest rack to avoid raw pie dough without burning the top of the pie. Cookies should be in the middle rack for even cooking.

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    1. re: Keri T.

      I use the upper third for roasting chickens. They brown up nicely.

    2. The very top of the oven is the hottest spot. Anything baked too high will get very brown on top before it cooks through.