If there’s one time of the year that really takes a toll on your oven, it’s Christmas. With all the festive feasting and copious amounts of cooking, it’s important to make sure your appliance is up for the task. This begs the question… is your oven ready?
Well if you aren’t sure of the answer, don’t worry! Our stress-free guide to preparing your oven for Christmas will go over everything you need to know, from cleaning and fixing faults to handy accessories to help you up your culinary game!
Cleaning your cooker
First things first, let’s make sure your cooker is as clean as can be! If it hasn’t had a deep clean recently, the filth and burnt-on residue can seriously spoil the taste of your cooking. And that’s not to mention the bad smells too! As such, it’s vital that you make sure your cooker is spick and span before you even think about sticking your turkey in. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of effective cleaning products out there to help you get your appliance ready for business.
It’s important to note that a deep clean doesn’t just mean a bit of kitchen spray and a wipe down with some kitchen roll. No, your cooker is going to need a lot more attention than that! That’s why we recommend not only professional oven cleaners and scourers to help you really apply some elbow grease, but also hob scrapers and rack cleaning kits for extra thorough cleaning too.
For additional guidance, check out our video on how to clean your oven below. We’ll show you how to truly get your cooker looking as good as new in no time…
Accessories for convenient cooking
Getting your oven spotless is a good start… but the preparations don’t end here if you want your cooker to be truly Christmas-ready! To help make sure you have all the tools you need for a successful season of feasting, here’s our list of handy cooker accessories to take the stress out of cooking at Christmas:
Universal Extendable Oven Shelf
If you aren’t sure whether or not you have enough space inside your cooker, don’t worry. A universal extendable oven shelf will make sure you have plenty of room for all of your scrumptious sides and extras too. No pigs in blankets are getting left behind this Christmas!
Universal Oven Base Shelf
Here to add an extra level for your cooking is the universal oven base shelf. Made to be placed on the bottom of your cooker as an extra shelf, this accessory is ideal for helping you maximise the space inside your appliance – whether for more food or just for keeping your plates warm!
Universal Oven Shelf Kit
Are the shelves in your cooker looking a little worse for wear? So much so that even a deep clean can’t sort them out? Well, you’re in luck. Alongside individual shelves, you can also get hold of the universal oven shelf kit which includes a base shelf and two extendable ones. Ideal for replacing your old shelves and getting your oven’s interior back in business!
Universal Oven Shelf Guard
Even the greatest culinary masters accidentally burn themselves whilst cooking from time to time. Now, with the universal oven shelf guard, that no longer needs to be the case. Suitable for all ovens, this universal guard slips onto your cooker shelves and provides a layer of protection, keeping your hands and arms safe from nasty burns.
Universal Oven Thermometer
You can never be too safe when it comes to cooking, especially at a time like Christmas. To make sure your oven is exactly the temperature you need it to be, get your hands on a universal oven thermometer and have peace of mind whilst you prepare the feast and cooked treats!
Universal Meat Thermometer
Speaking of getting things hot enough… your turkey requires the most attention of all! That’s why we also recommend using a universal meat thermometer. Figuring out when your turkey is ready for carving can be tricky, but you can take out the guesswork with this nifty and easy-to-use accessory.
Reusable Non-Stick Oven Base Liner
Finally, we also recommend using a non-stick oven base liner to reduce the post-dinner cleaning. This liner protects the base of your oven from dripping fat, oil and juices, saving it from needless filth and potential damage. After all, you don’t want to see that thorough cleaning you just gave your cooker go to waste!
To see these handy accessories in action for yourself, watch our video below!
Fixing common faults
Even a clean and accessorised oven can experience faults. Is your appliance suffering from any issues or inconvenient damage that it’s taken over the years? If so, it’s important to make sure you get these problems fixed before they get any worse. After all, Christmas cooking can be stressful enough without having to make do with a cooker that isn’t quite up to scratch! Here are a couple of common faults you can fix for yourself…
How to reset the clock on an electric oven
If the clock on your electric oven isn’t working properly or is set at the incorrect time, not only will it make timing your cooking schedule a hassle but it could cause parts of your oven to stop working. Fortunately, setting it to the right time again is super quick and easy, as outlined in our video below!
How to replace an oven door seal
If the door seal on your cooker is faulty, it can lead to heat escaping and your oven not cooking as well as it should. Check this by turning your oven on, letting it heat up then passing your hand around the edge of the closed door. If you feel heat escaping, it’s time to change your door seals. Again, our step by step video will show you this isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think!
And these are just a few of the issues we can lead you through, thanks to our cookers and hobs advice centre! Whether your oven light isn’t working, your cooker knobs need replacing or your appliance simply isn’t heating up, we have a wide range of videos and articles to help you identify and repair the problem yourself. No need to call the repairman – eSpares has got you covered!
Hopefully, your cooker is now in the right shape for the Christmas season ahead. But just one more thing… have you changed or cleaned your cooker filter recently? If not, learn how with our blog post on all you need to know about cooker hood filters, and you’ll be all set!