Cleaning the oven has to be one of, if not the most unpopular kitchen chores. According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, you should clean your oven every month, and wipe down the oven door at least once a week.
If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, there are many professional oven cleaning companies who will happily carry out this task for you, and the cost may well justify the time and hassle saved. But wouldn’t it be great if there was another solution for this essential kitchen appliance?
Luckily, many modern cookers and ovens are really easy to keep clean and come with self-cleaning functions and wipe-down surfaces. Here are some of the features you should be looking out for:
Look out for ovens that have double/triple-glazed glass doors that can be removed and soaked for cleaning, which makes it easier to get rid of grease and food debris.
It is likely that your oven will have a finishing surface (oven liner), but do bear in mind that not all liners are equal when it comes to ease of cleaning
Most ovens are finished in hardwearing enamel. The surface is smooth and sleek, which makes it more difficult for dirt and grease to stick, meaning it’s easier to clean off. Keep any build-up to a minimum by giving your oven a regular clean.
While many brands have their own names for this particular stay-clean feature, the basic idea is the same. Your oven’s interior panels will absorb and break down food, grease and dirt and burn them during high-temperature cooking processes. The net result is that there’s less build-up, meaning less cleaning for you to do. Catalytic liners should never be cleaned manually and may need replacing.
Pyrolytic cleaning programme
Many higher-spec ovens have this programme as an extra feature. The self-cleaning programme runs at super high temperatures (around 260°C/500°F) to burn off any food residue on the oven’s interior. All you’re left with is a pile of easily removable ash. For safety reasons, the oven door will lock automatically while the 2-3 hour programme runs.
Steam cleaning programme
The most recent cleaning method doesn’t use strong chemical cleaning products but works with steam. Pour water into a baking tray and select the cleaning programme. The oven will heat up until the resulting steam loosens burnt-on food debris and stains, which are then much more easily removable.
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