Here’s Why Most Recipes Tell You to Bake at 350 Degrees

If you have done any baking at all, chances are you already have the first line of the recipe memorized: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Yes, it’s a fairly nice round number. Yes, it’s also pretty easy to turn the temperature knob to that setting (not too much twisting). And yes, if you have an oven with a digital setting there aren’t too many keypad buttons to push. But that’s not the reason 350 degrees seems to be cooking’s magic number. It’s the chemistry.