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Mmmmm, there is nothing better than the smell of a chicken or roast cooking in the oven or on the rotisserie. That smell is a call for friends and family to sit down for a delicious meal together.
Cooking a roast or a chicken in a regular oven is just so boring. And, if you love the taste of rotisserie chickens from the store, you know that it’s really hard to duplicate that taste at home.
So, the solution is to buy a rotisserie oven. Unless you are lucky enough to have a cool, multi-function oven, you’re going to need to invest in another appliance.
What most people don’t realize is that a rotisserie oven requires a little more care and maintenance than your regular oven. If you have recently purchased a rotisserie oven for your kitchen or backyard, there are some things you need to know about caring for this new, and delightful appliance.
1. How to Clean After Use?
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If you don’t clean your rotisserie oven after each use, you’ll find that old fats and grease will start to burn and impart not so tasty flavors to your foods. So, while it may not be a fun time, don’t skip cleaning your rotisserie oven.
Here are our recommended steps for cleaning your rotisserie oven.
- Allow the oven to cool. You don’t want to be handling hot racks, spits and other parts. Also, things will be greasy, so using your oven mitts will just make a big mess.
- Start by cleaning the glass door with soapy water. You don’t need anything fancy, just a little dish soap and some warm water. Don’t use anything scratchy on the glass. This will leave scratches which will make future clean-up a pain.
- Remove the baskets, rollers, drip pan, racks, spit, and any other removable part that should be cleaned. You will want to refer to your owners manual to ensure that you are not removing a part that shouldn’t be removed.
- Wash all of the parts you’ve removed with warm soapy water or even a bit of oven cleaner. If your parts are dishwasher safe, toss them in the dishwasher to save a bit of time and effort.
- With all of the parts removed and cleaned, you will need to clean out the inside of your rotisserie oven. Use a bit of oven cleaner, degreaser or dish soap to break down stuck on grease and any other food residue that might be stuck to the inside of the oven. Avoid harsh scouring pads if possible, they will only scratch the inside of your oven.
- Finally, wipe down the door gaskets with soapy water. Leave the door open to allow the interior of your rotisserie oven to dry.
2. Periodic Cleaning Tasks
So, now you know how to clean your rotisserie oven after each use. However this isn’t the only cleaning that should be done. There are periodic cleaning tasks that need to be done so that your rotisserie oven works as it should, every time.
See this trick to clean your oven in 5 minutes.
3. Maintenance of Rotisserie Ovens
The owner’s manual for your rotisserie oven will likely have routine maintenance tasks that you should complete if you want to keep your rotisserie oven in prime working condition.
Also, there are things that you should watch for when cooking that will tell you if there is a problem with your rotisserie oven.
4. Rotisserie Ovens: Do’s and Don’ts After Cooking
For the best results when cooking with your rotisserie oven, follow these simple do’s and don’ts.
If you’ve made the decision to invest in a rotisserie oven, even if it is a small, portable countertop, oven it should be cared for and maintained appropriately. Our thoughts in this article are very general, covering a wide range of rotisserie oven concerns.
For the best advice on care and maintenance of your new rotisserie oven, do consult your owners manual. Once you have the know-how you’re ready to become a rotisserie oven master, and your friends and family will love the meals you prepare.