The Art of Baking: How to Maintain Your Oven

An oven is an instrument or something enclosed in a chamber to contain heat and cook different kinds of family dishes. During the old times, you may have seen your grandparents cooking in pottery placed over a fire. This was the traditional way of baking. Maintenance wasn’t a big deal before. A simple wash and replacement of the essential parts was sufficient.

Today’s oven is operated either by gas, electricity, or infrared. As the oven becomes more sophisticated, so is the process of maintaining it. Do not think about maintenance as a burden or an additional chore because the convenience of cooking and diverse food that you can make with your oven are all worth it.

Here are some of the basic things that you may do to your oven or kitchen range:

Regular cleaning is the best way to do it

The advisable cleaning schedule for an oven is twice a year. This may vary depending on the frequency of usage. If you know that there are spills, do not ignore it and clean it once the oven is cold enough.

Start cleaning by removing everything inside it. There are some ovens with a self-clean function. However, this kind of feature is only applicable if your oven is moderately dirty. If the oven is toasted already with dirt, use cleaning products sold from stores or DIY cleaning materials like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. Spray the cleaner around, especially on the greasy areas like the front door window. Let the cleaner sit there for about 10 to 20 minutes then wipe it off with a clean cloth.

Be careful with the oven knobs

When it’s cleaning time, you want to make sure that nothing is left grimy. Those knobs are one of the areas where dirt and patches of cooking ingredients soak in. Remove the knobs, and soak them in water plus vinegar solution for a couple of minutes. Vinegar is a safe and potent cleaner. Just wipe the surrounding of the knob’s insert. Do not squirt the cleaner around it because it’s like spraying the electrical system. If you still have the user’s manual of your oven, you may check it out for reference.

Observe for better cooking

Examine your oven when you use it. Check for the coils that turn red upon warming. If some coils are redder than others, it’s a sign of a potential shortage. It may cause severe damage to the oven if left unchanged.

Inspect the gas line

Cooking smells incredibly delicious. Aside from this mouthwatering smell, be cautious about any gas leaks in your oven. You can easily notice this by the smell.

Get a new gas line when you are installing a new oven. This kind of replacement may not be cost-efficient for you at the moment, but definitely, it will provide valuable protection for you and your family. Call a same day junk removal company when moving and swapping a new oven for the old oven. This will save you time and also prevent stress regarding what to do with the old one.

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