The “Nailed It” apple chips recipe and why units matter

I found a recipe on Pinterest to make apple chips. I love all things apple, so I went with it. Sliced my apples, put them on a baking tray and in the oven. The recipe said to bake at 225 for an hour. 225. No unit of measure. I’m Italian, I’m used to think in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit. 225°C is almost the highest temperature in a Centigrade oven, it looked weird for thin apple slices but the pictures on the recipe blog looked awesome, so I just put the timer at 40 minutes instead of 1 hour and left the kitchen. After less than ten minutes the burning smell brought me back to the kitchen to find that my apples had already become charcoal 😦 Only in that moment I realized that the temperature was obviously in Fahrenheit! When I follow recipes from American blogs/books, the temperature to bake is usually around 350-450, but Centigrade ovens get up to 240, so if I see ‘bake at 375’ it’s obvious that I need to translate the temperature. In this case seeing a number that actually exist on my oven, and without unit of measure, fooled me. On the bright side, I’m glad I had this little misadventure, because it makes a funny story for a scrapbook page! Units Matter! 9unitsmatterdet3 9unitsmatterdet2 9unitsmatterdet1

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