When one spends as much time in a kitchen as me, it’s not unusual to have the occasional mishap.I haven’t had a major fire…though Glenn may have wanted to fire me occasionally:-/ I haven’t burned the house down…though I have burned things, many things. Cookies? You bet. Brownies? Yep again, so hard in fact a knife could not even break the surface. Fingers, hands? At least weekly [those pesky oven racks]! One year, right before Thanksgiving I burned all of my fingers on my right hand because I forgot I had just taken the dutch oven out of a 400°F oven. Duh! In my defense though, that little knob on the lid does not get hot on the stove…which is where it happened to be sitting at the time. Live and learn [well the 6 hours of soaking in ice water helped me learn]!
Recently I had another one of those “learning experiences”. I was baking an apple pie which decided to bubble up and over the bottom of the oven. Not always a huge mishap, but in this case I had been tending to the garden while it was baking. So quite a bit of appley gook made its way to the oven floor. As soon as I realized the problem, I quickly threw a baking sheet on the rack beneath the pie to “collect” the drippings and allowed the pie to cook it’s remaining time. Pie finishes baking – removed from oven – set to cool – oven off – on to other things. Five hours later…preheat oven to 450°F to bake bread. It heats, then oops… Yep, I never removed the baking sheet or cleaned up the spillover in the oven. Talk about a stinky, burned up mess! To top it off, company was coming. First thing, soak the baking sheet. It happened to be my “bread baking” one, highly seasoned [in other words…discolored] from high oven temps. But a favorite for it’s size. Next up the smell in the house. I found this delightful recipe for a “deodorizer” on Pinterest, and it worked!
Directions: Slice one lemon in rounds. Place lemon in a medium saucepan of water, add a few sprigs of rosemary and about 1 Tablespoon of vanilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Add water as necessary as it evaporates. I let mine go at least 4 hours, and the smell was fresh and delicious at the same time.
So – one problem solved. However, the soaking of the baking sheet did not help very much. I tried scrubbing it with dish scrubber, one of those flat little nylon scrapers, even a Brillo pad with not much luck. Bits of charred remains hung on. So…back to Pinterest. I found what was billed as “miracle cleaning for baking sheets and no scrubbing needed”. Off I went on my miracle cure. It worked, sort of. I did have to scrub. The charred appley goop is gone..yeah! But the discolorations from baking bread remain… at least it’s usable again!
Step 4: After it has sat for several hours [I let mine go overnight, about 10 hours] begin to wipe away the baking soda paste, and see the miracle! Okay, no miracle here, but like I said the charred stuff is gone. I can still see where the bread has baked. But that’s okay…at least I can still identify by bread pan by sight!
As for the dirty oven…it doesn’t have a “Clean” setting for nothing!
The Pins I resourced.