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Heat Up the Holidays

By Lillyan Baker

Turkey Time

When your making your list and checking it twice, don’t forget to add your oven this holiday season. The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and eat, which means your oven is working overtime and those stuck-on spills are a gift you can’t return.  Keep your oven off the naughty list this holiday season by giving your oven what it really wants this year, a deep cleaning.

A coal-filled oven. Do you have lumps of coal in more places then your stocking? Be sure to check for burned food that is caked inside gas vents or on the heating element. Remove and clean the black leftovers to keep your oven cooking efficiently during your festive feasts.

Give seasonal gifts. ‘Twas the night before your holiday dinner and your self-cleaning oven fails, leaving you having to replace the fireside stockings with your uncooked turkey. Ovens have a tendency to fail during or soon after a self-cleaning cycle, so gift early and schedule the cleaning before the holidays to avoid a table full of hungry relatives.

Heat up the holidays. Dreaming of a winter wonderland outside and not in your oven? Make sure your oven is baking efficiently by seeing if the temperature on the dial matches the actual temperature inside the oven. The easiest solution is to check the oven with a digital oven thermometer. You can also buy a basic white cake mix and follow the directions exactly. If the cake is dry or undercooked, your oven temperature isn’t set correctly.

Up on the oven door, drip, drip, drip. If moisture is appearing on the outside of your oven, it probably means you have a faulty gasket. Gaskets maintain proper cooking temperatures and should be replaced at the first sign of a leak by a professional.

Deck the door with an oven light. Spread the holiday cheer by turning on lights in more places than your tree.  An oven light can save cooking time and energy by letting you look inside rather than opening the door. If your light is out, replace the bulb or have a professional check the connection.

Give the gift that keeps on giving by deep cleaning your oven to keep your family healthy and jolly all season long. Happy baking to all, and to all a great oven!


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