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Prepare everything before you begin the baking process. Read the recipe several times. Gather ingredients and necessary equipment, including pots, pans and oven racks. Cut, chop and slice all necessary ingredients. Take sanitary precautions, such as wiping down counter tops, washing dishes and hands, etc. Everything about the baking process is exact, so preparing as much as possible before you begin eliminates the potential for errors. Be sure to set the position of your oven rack before turning the oven on. It is easier to do it when the racks are cold.