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If you think about it, there is hardly any other appliance you use more in your kitchen than the oven. Whether you are a cooking enthusiast or you prefer fixing quick meals, you have to use the oven and the stove top, which naturally leads to them becoming quite messy at times.
Cleaning the oven is regarded as challenging, not because it is that difficult (well, for most people at least), but because it is rather bothersome. Wouldn’t it be awesome to implement a few simple practices that will reduce the need to clean and make things a little easier for you? Surely there can be no other answer but a resounding ‘Yes!’ to that question. So without any more delay, here are some tricks to keep in mind:
- Use a drip pan – if you are fed up with the spills and accumulated grease on the oven floor every time you cook something delicious, then you surely need to acquire a drip pan. Thanks to this simple item, you can keep all spills from landing on the oven interior and thus eliminating the need to wipe down every single time. A lot of dishes can bubble and thus cause a mess. If there is a drip pan catching all of that (possibly aided by a baking sheet), then that is one less worry for you and anyone cleaning the oven later.
- Cover the dish – this is certainly not applicable to every single meal out there, but there are surely a lot of dishes that you can cover while cooking. This won’t change their preparation time or anything, but will surely reduce splatters during cooking and thus making cleaning less of a chore. If there is no lid that you can use, you can make a foil tent, which will help you contain and limit a mess.
- Foil cover – whenever you are using your stove top to deep fry food, you need to be aware of the splattery mess that will occur. There are many ways you can limit this, including a pan screen, but such methods work only partially. What you can do instead is cover the whole stove top area with aluminium foil and cut holes around the burners. That way any splatters will land on the foil and you can just toss it in the trash when you are done. No more wiping down that greasy mess!
- Clean spills after every cooking session – while it is understandable if you prefer to enjoy your meal after cooking, instead of cleaning, this can cause any stains that have occurred to become tougher to clean later. Try to find a few minutes after cooking (once the oven has cooled off) to wipe out any spills and stains, because they are relatively easy to tackle early on. You will be saving yourself a ton of effort that way!
- Loosen up baked on debris – when the time comes for a good oven cleaning session, you can put a bowl of water inside and boil it. Heat it for 15 to 20 minutes. Over this period, steam from the water will greatly loosen up any grease and baked on food particles inside the oven, thus making the whole cleaning job a lot easier. You will find that any mess has loosened up, becoming an easy victim of a spatula or just a damp cloth – whatever it is you are using to clean.
By following these easy tips, you can surely gain an advantage over tough oven cleaning chores. That is definitely something you can use, especially if you are not a fan of cleaning.