Loving a Clean Oven -published March 1, 2017
Loving a Clean Oven
Have you ever baked a pie and had it spill over on to the bottom of your oven? You don’t know it has spilled over until the awful smell of burning sugar begins to permeate your home. That burned smell repeats itself for a number of oven-use times.
There is a solution, and it is simple. The Cookina Gard-xtra Oven Protector is 100% non-stick. The protector is fabric, coated in PTFE. PTFE is polytetrafluoroethylene, a fluorocarbon solid that is hydrophobic. In plain English, PTFE is a compound of fluorine and carbon that repels water. It is non-reactive and is used to coat pipes of all sorts, and can be a lubricant too. It is even used in human surgeries as a graft material.
This boils down to our oven liner boasting of a coated fabric, which repels anything containing water. When your blueberry juice drips from the pie, or the cheese oozes off the pizza, both contain water. The liner, sitting on the bottom of your oven or on the bottom rack, catches the juice or the cheese. Both will dry out or burn off, and the residue will wash clean from the liner.
The Cookina Oven Protector works effectively up to 550ºF/288ºC and should be removed before using a self-cleaning oven. Since the worst of our baking spills are on the bottom of the oven, this handy liner will reduce the time and energy you expend to clean the stove. Truly, cleaning the oven is one of the most awkward household chores possible.
Both sides of the Oven Protector are non-stick so there is no up or down. If your oven has no visible element (go now and peek inside to see if you can see the element on the bottom), then the liner is placed on the bottom rack. If your oven has an element showing, gently lift it up and slide the liner under it. You can even use it in a gas oven, as it is placed on the bottom rack so no open holes are covered. It can be cut to fit your oven dimensions and measures approximately 16x23 inches.
Cleaning the liner is easy, as you simply soak it in a sink full of warm water and dish detergent, and gently scour using the cleaning pad included with it. It isn’t necessary to use any other cleaning agents, particularly anything that could scratch the surface. Once it is clean, hang it to dry and put it back in the oven. If you have to store it, roll it up, don’t fold it. The manufacturer claims it is dishwasher safe. That claim always makes me smile a bit as exactly how am I supposed to wash a big piece of fabric in the dishwasher?
The Oven Protector should be on your list of home improvements. Before you bake the next blueberry pie…
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Did you know? PTFE was discovered by accident in 1938 by a scientist working for DuPont, an American chemical company. The company was founded in 1802 as a gunpowder mill and is now one of the largest chemical companies in the world.
- Catherine Reid