People have been spending a lot more time shut inside their homes over the last few years. This increased time indoors has led to a whole new wave of people getting into the joy of cooking at home. Your oven will be one of your best friends in the kitchen, so it’s essential that you know how to take good care of it. There are a few reasonably common cooking mistakes that people make that can seriously damage their ovens.
Here is your ultimate oven usage guide.
When you look inside your oven, you might think that there is a tonne of space for you to work with and that you can load it up to the brim and cook everything in there at once. This is one of the most common baking mistakes.
An overloaded oven cannot freely circulate the air inside it. Poor air circulation means that your food may not cook enough to be safe to eat. It also conversely runs the risk of burning your food depending on the circumstances.
Poor air circulation can lead to intense pockets of hot air with nowhere to go that develop into a severe fire risk. So while it may look like you’ve got room for more things in your oven, it’s best to exercise caution and cook stuff in batches.
Putting Foil at the Bottom
Some of the foods that typically cook in the oven can often be quite greasy or fatty. This fat and grease can begin to drip down through the oven and leave stains, marks, and unpleasant smells that nobody likes having to deal with.
To combat this, many people put a layer of tin foil at the bottom of their oven to catch any drippings coming from the food. While this is done with good intentions and may seem like a nifty hack, it’s going to do more harm than good to your oven.
The bottom of your oven is a crucial component for airflow throughout the appliance. When you cover the bottom with foil, you’re impeding that airflow, which can cause the oven to not work correctly, and in some cases, it may break the entire oven completely.
Not Cleaning it Often Enough
The more you use your oven, the more dirt and grime will begin to build up inside it. When this dirt and grime gets too much, it will clog up your ovens heat sources, and it will have to work much harder to heat your food than a clean oven will.
When your oven is working too hard, it may not heat your food thoroughly enough, and it will eventually work itself to death and need repairing. How often you need to clean your oven depends on how much you use it.
Many ovens nowadays have a self-clean function. While this is a convenient tool for general maintenance, you shouldn’t be dependent on it. The self-clean function is just to keep the oven at an acceptable level of cleanliness. If you want your oven spotless, you’re going to need to get stuck in and do it yourself.
Cleaning it the Wrong Way
Following on from the above point, you want to make sure and clean your oven the right way. The best way to clean an oven is by using specialized oven cleaning products purchased from a hardware store or supermarket.
The types of cleaning products you want to avoid are abrasive products. When you use these to clean your oven, you will end up wearing away at the enamel and any other sensitive areas of the appliance. You don’t want a broken oven because you’ve used the wrong cleaning products.
Always check the box or can before use as abrasive cleaning products will say as much on the side of the box.
Ignoring the Range Hood
That little hood above your stove is called a range hood, and it plays a significant role in the kitchen. It has a built-in fan that helps draw hot air and smoke/steam out of your kitchen so that it doesn’t pose any danger to your health or constantly set your smoke detector off.
You need to maintain the range hood as much as you need to preserve the rest of the oven. If you don’t regularly maintain the range hood, you’re running the risk of large buildups of fat and grease.
When these buildups of fat and grease come into consistent contact with the heated air being pulled through the fan, you’ve got the perfect makings of a fire. Hood fires have struck even top-level restaurants, so you should make every effort to keep them as clean as possible.
Using It as a Source of Heat
Yes, your oven can get very hot indeed, but that heat is designed to be applied only to food. You should try and keep it this way.
When the colder months roll in, it can be incredibly tempting to just pop the oven on for half an hour to get some heat into the kitchen. But running your oven with nothing inside can slowly degrade it and cause it to malfunction.
Using your oven to heat your house can also lead to dangerous and potentially deadly gas leaks. Overall, it’s just not worth the risk.
Made Any of These Oven Usage Errors? Help is on Hand
So there’s your oven usage guide. Have you made any of the common mistakes in this article? Don’t worry. You’re only human. If you’ve got an oven or any other appliance in need of repair work, then contact us today to see how we can help you.
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