The holiday season means big meals for you and your family. Maybe this is the first time you’ve invited all the relatives over for Christmas dinner at your place. Or you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with the gang and you’re bringing the main dish. Don’t wait until the last minute to see if your oven can handle what you want to cook. Start prepping for it now.
First, give the interior of your appliance a good cleaning. You don’t want the residues of Christmas meals past to affect the flavor of holiday’s present. If you don’t want to use a store-bought oven cleaner because of the chemicals, spread a paste of baking soda and water through all interior surfaces and let it sit overnight. Then wipe it off. Spray some vinegar to remove any left-over baking soda.
Be careful about running the self-clean cycle if you haven’t used it in years. It can burn out and render your oven inoperable.
Test your oven by cooking something that takes a long time to bake. The ideal experiment would involve what you plan on cooking for the meal. But a full-sized turkey is expensive and you possibly couldn’t eat one by yourself. Try a chicken, which you can roast for an hour or a roast for two or three hours. If it comes out perfectly, then you’re good to go. If it doesn’t, then you shouldn’t risk your holiday meal with your oven.
Why don’t you give us a call if your oven is giving you problems. As your appliance service specialists, we can advise you if you need repairs. If you like, we can also give you a cooking tip or two. After all, we cook holiday meals at home as well.