Whether baking meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, bread, or pastry, the basic procedure is the same.


  • 1 Complete mise en place.                           
  • 2 Preheat the oven to the proper temperature.
  • 3 Place the food in a baking pan appropriate for the food item. Lean meat is often wrapped with fat, such as bacon, to help the meat retain its moisture and add flavor.
  • 4 Place the baking pan containing the food in the oven, usually on the center rack.
  • 5 Bake until the food item is cooked throughout.
  • 6 Remove from the oven, and hold for service.