How To Clean Oven Trays and Racks - A Guide.
1. Cast iron oven racks and trays.
Cast iron requires love and attention to keep clean. It is not that cleaning cast iron is particularly difficult, however, you cannot just let it sit and linger dirty and unattended. Cast iron oven racks are specific to clean. Cast iron does not like water. You also cannot use and sharp objects to try and scrape any burnt-on residues off of the oven trays because along with the carbon deposits you will also strip a part of the metal itself. And lastly, avoid using aggressive, for that matter even mild, cleaning detergents. The only real way to efficiently clean a cast-iron oven rack is through heat. Use a burner to heat your cast-iron oven tray, if you do not have an open flame gas burner heat it using a blowtorch. To clean a cast-iron oven tray you do need an open flame source. After heating and curing all surface fats and oils will be stripped, those can easily be dried off they will practically fall off on their own. If you have just used your cast iron tray and it is now cooler to the touch sprinkle a good amount of coarse salt and scrape off any residue from food using a few pieces of paper towel folded together.
2. Enamalled oven trays.
This type of oven tray has a smooth surface you can clean in various ways. Your options are limitless. Enamel is both acid and high temperature resistant. The easiest way to clean an enamel oven tray is to put it in the dishwasher. Remove any silicone elements from the tray, if there are any before you place them in the dishwasher. You can also use a scourer to clean the surface, just make sure you clean carefully to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. If you do not have a dishwasher you have to clean the enamel tray by hand. You will need hot water, a firmer sponge and a lot of dishwashing liquid.
3. Steel Oven Racks.
It is fairly easy to clean your oven racks using a strong detergent that is going to dissolve any residue. You can clean the racks in the sink or the bathtub, just cover the bathtub with an old towel you don't particularly care about. Apply the detergent and leave it to soak for a few hours even overnight. Scrub with a scourer and rinse with water. If you have a lot of carbon deposits you can use a sturdy brush or even a knife, however, make sure the cleaning tool you use is dispensible as it can break.
Home-made cleaning solutions.
You can also use improvised cleaning detergents to efficiently clean your oven trays and racks. If you do not want to use chemicals you can use vinegar or baking soda. These cleaning solutions will help with lighter residues on your racks and trays. Alternatively, you can also use powdered mustard, dissolve it in water apply it over the trays and racks. After a few hours, your oven racks and trays will be clean and any buildup can be wiped off easily.
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