It’s always comfortable to cook food in an oven. You don’t just save yourself from the splatters or have your home smell like fried onions but instead, you whip up concoctions; either sweet or savory, and let the oven do its job as long as it is working okay and doesn’t need an oven repair expert.
As with all appliances, there are certain guidelines that you need to adhere to if you want to lengthen their maximum output. Listed below are few things that can use potential damage to your oven over time. It’s better to nip the evil in the bud.
Cooking Frozen Food Before Thawing
Pondering about dinner, you realize that you have food in the refrigerator. You immediately rush to take out the package and instantly pop it in the oven. But wait! Are you sure about what you have done? Though it seems very convenient to directly pop your frozen food in the oven, maybe you are not realizing what hazards you are inviting for all the people who are going to eat that food. Since the heat in the oven will cook the food instead of thawing it, poison is formed inside it.
Not Doing The Periodic Cleaning
After cooking any baked goods, you just rush to serve the food without bothering about the mess that might have come inside. If you don’t clean this mess periodically, say daily or weekly, your oven will be in a hot mess. Over time the buildup will deteriorate the performance of your appliance. Whenever you cook in it without cleaning, the buildup will heat and give off a rather nasty smell which will directly be absorbed by your food.
Now, you don’t want your cake to smell like the turkey which you roasted last weekend with an aroma of vegetables too? Nasty, isn't it?
Not Placing A Drip Tray From Fats/Juices From The Meat
If you often bake meat in your oven, be it poultry or beef, and you don’t follow the ritual of placing a drip tray then brace yourself for the hazards that will accompany. The liquid juices from the meat will drip on the base and make way to the crevices, also hampering the performance of your base burner. It is sensible to either place a drip tray right beneath your food or uses any baking tray to collect the drippings.
Cooking With Wax Paper
Most people assume wax paper and parchment paper to be similar. They are not. Wax paper essentially contains wax that will catch fire if it touches the convection or burner. Your food should not come in direct contact with the heating element whether you are using an electric oven or a gas oven. So beware of that.
Leaving The Racks In While Self-Cleaning
If you thought that you could turn the high heat settings of your oven and let the oven deep clean itself, you might be wondering why not leave the trays and racks inside? Well the idea itself isn’t that bad, but you should always consult your manufacturer’s guidelines. If they haven’t specified any such detail, abstain from it. Some racks and trays are intended to be cleaned this way and if you fail to withstand the instruction that is laid down then you will end up with discolored racks. The rails on which they slide will also be damaged. So it’s better to stick to your manual cleaning methods.
Not Cleaning The Knobs, Corners, And Crevices
It doesn’t matter that you have cleaned all your utensils, vegetables, and meat before preparing the meal. If the inside and outside of your oven are dirty, chances aren’t rare that your meal will be contaminated. Usually, you might be cleaning the surface but the knobs, corners, and crevices demand your attention too. Remember to disinfect all these areas and run a comprehensive cleaning in the corners adjacent to your cabinets. These are hiding grounds for most pests. Following this ritual periodically, you’ll surely be able to optimize the performance of your oven too.
These were specific things that you need to do to keep your oven running smoothly and you have to be extra careful about using it. If there’s a problem, get help from an appliance repair Alexandria service instead of DIY repairs.