Is High Temperature Roasting Safe?


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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] L[/dropcap]ately I’ve been really getting into roasting at high temperatures.

I love ‘cranking up’ my oven to the highest setting because it feels a little bit ‘bad-ass’.

And because it cooks things so much quicker.

Which is awesome if you want dinner in a hurry.

So when I got this question from one of my done-for-you Meal Planning customers, I thought it was a great one to answer.

Is High Temperature Roasting Safe?

The short answer is YES.

However it’s only a yes if you remove the food from the oven before it’s burnt.

The thing is, air is a poor conductor of heat. So even when your oven is super hot it takes time for the food to heat up and cook.

I tested this the other day with some cauliflower. It was only 100C (200F) when I removed it from the oven.

No hotter than if I’d roasted it for a longer time in a cooler oven.

So yes it’s safe.

Just remember roasting at higher temperatures means everything happens much quicker. So check and stir more frequently.

And get the food out before there’s any charring. Easy.

More on food safety

+ How Do You Know When Food is Still ‘Safe to Eat’?
+ The Dos and Don’ts of Keeping Leftovers Safe
+ See the Food Safety Archives.

Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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  • What about the oil you use? I read that olive oil has a low smoke point and shouldn’t be used for roasting?

    • Good point Andrea!

      I should have said that you should use oils with a higher smoke point – anything you’d normally roast with at 200C will be fine.

      I use refined olive oil for this type of cooking. It’s the extra virgin which has the lower smoke point.


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