In this article, Katie Georgeson from oven and cooker manufacturer Belling lists her top five oven care tips to help you minimise your cleaning time.
If you’re anything like me, almost every spare second of the day is spent trying out new and exciting recipes in the kitchen. However, there comes a point in every foodie’s schedule where we need to take a pit stop to care for our trusty oven, as all those culinary experiments can create a bit of a mess.
Thankfully, there are quite a lot of neat little hacks that you can use to make sure that your cleaning regime is as quick and painless as possible. Follow my tips and you’ll be cooking up a storm again in no time at all.
Use your oven with the mess in mind
When you’re cooking something that you know has the potential to get a little messy, it pays to go in prepared. For instance, if you find yourself squeezing a creation that you know will expand when heated into a dish with hardly any spare space, it’s better to switch to something a little oversized to compensate. Or, if you don’t have any bigger alternatives, try placing a larger tray or some greaseproof paper on the shelf below to catch any overflow.
Make sure your clean-up kit is up to scratch
As well as having fully stocked cupboards, every foodie should have the right products in their care kit to ensure quick and easy maintenance. You’ll need a set of sponges for wiping down and a toothbrush to reach all the nooks and crannies. A set of scouring pads is essential for your shelves and the inside of your door, but take care not to use them on paintwork or stainless steel. You’ll also want some rubber gloves to protect your hands and some towels to soak up any spills or drips.
The most important purchase you will make should be a high-quality cleaning product for your oven, hob, and any stainless-steel sections. It’s best to play it safe here and invest in the cleaner that is recommended by your oven manufacturer. Be sure to read the instructions on any new product to make sure its suitable for your surfaces and take care to remove all traces of it before you start cooking food again.
Think outside the box to save time
If you want to save as much time as possible cleaning your oven, it helps to know some handy shortcuts that might not be immediately obvious. Take that stubborn food build-up on your door as an example: did you know you can use a dishwasher tablet to easily remove it? Simply dampen one and rub it firmly over the residue, and it will come straight off without the need for a scouring pad.
Another great hack that might surprise you is to rid your oven’s hood of the oily residue by applying even more oil. Because it’s a non-polar compound, it can be dissolved by another substance of the same type, so using a couple of drops of vegetable oil on a paper towel should be enough to get things moving. Then, all you need to do is to buff the surface with a cloth.
Deodorise your oven to avoid smells
Should you prepare a dish with a particularly distinctive aroma, it could leave your oven smelling a little sour a few days later. Even if you’ve made something that was delicious, the odour can really cling to your oven for the long haul.
However, these smells are pretty easy to get rid of if you’ve got the know-how. All you need is a few drops of a pleasant essence, like vanilla or citrus, added to an ovenproof bowl filled with water. Next, heat the bowl gently for an hour or two to give the mixture a chance to chase away the lingering odour.
Take my advice on board and you will be able to efficiently care for your oven in almost no time at all. Once you get into the routine, regular cleaning will become a breeze and you’ll be able to use your kitchen to its full potential.