There are two sides to entertaining at home. The one we all love is the planning, prep, and cooking of the creative and delicious dishes we will serve to our friends and family. The second part is the inevitable clean up, often involving a major project like a spattered oven.
My oven is over twenty years old. Certain parts, i.e. the computer card, are no longer available. Replacing the oven is more complicated than a mere swap out — the oven I want will not fit in the current space. The domino effect is that the entire wall will need to be reconfigured. Isn’t this always the case? A major renovation is not happening anytime soon. So, the geriatric oven has needed a thorough cleaning for a while.
We did some research and my husband volunteered to take on the gargoyle. He did an amazing job with household products found in most pantries. Btw, I have read that the gas produced by running the self-clean cycle in a typical oven is quite noxious. Something to think about.
Here is the latest installment of The Spoiled Spouse. Can you tell that hubby had fun with this? I wonder what other projects I can come up with…
The Spoiled Spouse Goes Rogue on the Death Star Oven
“Help us Spoiled Spouse. You’re our only hope.”
Thus spoke the beautiful Princess Lois as she pointed to the black abyss on the far edge of the kitchen universe. Only a powerful force would be able to vanquish the Dark Side. Would it require the thermonuclear detonator/auto clean cycle or a light saber? No, something far less caustic than the weapons that the Empire traditionally used was required on the 20 year old oven.
The Death Star Oven
Luckily, the answer was found in the Rebel Alliance Pantry. Through the magic of the Force combined with baking soda and vinegar, you too can create a New Hope and provide a suitable vessel for Queen Ammadala herself. Here’s how.
- Remove the oven racks.
- Create a paste using ½ cup of baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Rub the paste over the oven using an abrasive sponge.
- Let the paste sit on the oven for 12 hours. If you use paste on the oven door, keep the door open or the paste will flow off of the dirty areas. (The Spoiled Spouse learned this the hard way.)
- Wipe off the paste with a damp cloth.
- Mix a small amount of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid on the stubborn areas which have not been cleaned completely. The vinegar mixture and baking soda will bubble as they react.
- Wait 30 minutes and wipe out the remaining residue with a damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
A New Hope
All is now right with the Universe. May the Force be with you.