5 Oven Hacks We Bet You Didn’t Know About

Oven is one of the essential components of our kitchen. Apart from baking cakes and cookies, this smart appliance is also great for roasting a whole chicken. It has even made the process of reheating food easier. If you don't have much time for cooking, then oven can be a lifesaver. Be it baking, roasting or reheating, all the works can be done within time limit without putting any extra effort.  

Since it is a holiday season, the use of oven has increased. From baking Christmas cakes for the festival to reheating the leftovers of the Christmas Eve, oven is a necessity of this season. But are you making optimum use of this smart kitchen appliance and also taking a good care of it? Not sure? Do not worry, we have got your back. 

Here are five smart oven hacks for cooking and cleaning the multi-purpose appliance properly: 

1. Revive Stale Bread 

If you have any stale loaf of bread, do not throw it. With the help of oven, you can bring it back to life. Just lightly dampen the bread with cold water and bake it directly on the rack of the oven at 150-degree Celsius for five minutes. This will rehydrate your bread, making it cushiony-soft again. 

2. Use Broiler To Reduce Your Cooking Time 

Preheating is a basic, yet an important step while using oven. But most of the time when in rush, we tend to forget this step and extend our cooking time. Here is an unbeatable hack, if you have not preheated the oven, just crank on the broiler setting for four to five minutes. This will raise the temperature of the oven and take very less time to heat up when you fix the knob to the temperature required for your recipe. 

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3. Use The Right Bakeware 

It is important to use the right bake ware for getting your dish perfect. Each of your recipes has different cooking timings that are highly dependent on the type of bake ware you are using. Even the colour, finishing and material of the pans affect the baking time and browning of the dish along with its taste. 

4. Use Steam Method For Cleaning 

Just place a bowl of steamy hot water inside the oven on the rack, you can also add some white vinegar in the water. Close the door and let it sit for one hour. Then wipe off all the dirt with a soapy cloth. This will make the tough stains and grease come off easily without scrubbing it. 

5. Baking Soda And Vinegar For Spot-Less Cleaning 

Baking soda and vinegar, this is a powerful combination that is capable of removing tough stains easily on most of the surfaces. If you are out of your regular oven cleaner, just mix half a cup of baking soda with water to make a paste. Spread it all over the bottom and side walls of the oven and leave it for two hours. Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water in equal amounts and spray over the baking soda. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and your oven is new again. 

These easy tips not only enhance your cooking but also save your time, money and energy in the kitchen.