Can you even imagine a world where a delicious roast is made without the oven? Apart from the skills and diligence of the cook, the performance of your oven will depend on; the age of the oven, how often you use it, and your maintenance routine. And as much as we want to blame wear and tear for a less than impressive oven, most of the time, it is our own fault. If we listened to our appliances and showed them a little more love, we could get our money's worth and more. If ovens could talk, what would your oven say to you?
Clean Me Please
Did you know cleaning the oven made it to the top 10 most hated jobs in the world?
If you take some time out to clean your oven properly, it will thank you for it. You may find that your oven is taking longer to heat up, the food might not taste the same because all the flavours from the crusty dried up leftovers are interfering and this is your oven's way of crying out to you to clean it. Your cleaning schedule will depend on how often you use the oven, most people have a weekly cleaning routine but let's be honest, it is not always that easy. So, maybe just wipe down the oven door once a week and then do a proper clean once a month to loosen some of the dried on grease.
It doesn't have to be a complicated clean, all it might require is, what I call, The Super-Awesome Grease Destroying Threesome, or oven maintenance kit which includes; a descaler, an oven detergent, and a cleaning cloth.
Accessorize Me Please
What the descaler and detergent can't fix, can be replaced, easily. If you have successfully ignored the 1st and 2nd 'cry for attention' from the oven, by now some of its parts will be beyond cleaning and repair. Let's be honest, it has served you well, so getting a few accessories to upgrade your oven is only fair. You will only appreciate the oven grid and the oven trays when you have family and friends coming over and you have to make a four-course meal in the span of 5 hours. These bad boys will allow you to fit more than just one item at a time leaving you with enough time to socialise.
Repair Me Please
So, you ignored your oven's "Clean Me Please" and the consequence is the Sunday Roast is now taking way longer than usual to get ready. The oven has moved on and is saying fix me. Sometimes, it might just be your oven is old and is working a bit less effective than usual. You can easily diagnose the problem by following your manufacturer's guide to check the thermostat, the heating element, the motor, the selector switch. The solution might be as simple as recalibrating the oven temperature.
With the way technology is advancing these days, the idea of a talking oven is not very strange. However, until we hear of talking ovens, most of the times, it is fairly easy to know when to give your oven a good clean, more accessories or even much-needed repairs.