Dear Home Ec 101,
Ladies, we have a self-cleaning oven. However, we like to roast meats in the oven after searing them on the stove, using a frying pan. Consequently, we have serious grease stains on the inside of the over door and the glass. The stains are very difficult to remove. Do you have an easy solution?
~Greasy in Green Bay
What a timely reminder to clean my own oven glass. We cook our bacon in the oven, so as you can imagine my oven window was quite disgusting. I took pictures to demonstrate the cleaning process, but my ever-so-helpful-little-darlings* have broken the power supply for my laptop and I cannot access them.
I find it amusing that I can go months without mentioning a product and then suddenly I will mention it several posts in a row. Once again, I am recommending Bar Keepers Friend®. The abrasive is mild enough that it can be used on glass without scratching. This is your everyday glass, not your computer monitors or camera lenses. Some may suggest placing a bowl of ammonia in the closed oven for several hours or using a product such as Easy Off. We have small children and pets in the house, so I prefer to not expose them to the fumes.*
The process is a little easier when the oven door is warm, but not hot. Use a fairly damp rag to wipe the glass. If the door is hot, water could seep into the double pane and fog your window, not to mention water conducts heat quite well and you could burn your hands. Sprinkle the glass with Bar Keepers Friend and go entertain yourself for a few minutes. I highly suggest perusing this site. Once the acid has had some time to work on the grease, use your damp rag to scrub the glass. You will need to keep changing the portion you are scrubbing with as it becomes dirty. Depending on how many eons you have allowed the grease to accumulate (are we talking sedimentary layers or just a thick film?), you may need to repeat the process. When the grease has been removed from the glass take a second damp rag and wipe up any lingering powder.
There you have it. A nice shiny oven window. Now, once again, you should be able to peek at your food and decide if it’s done without opening the door.
*Yes my teeth ARE clenched, why do you ask?
**It couldn’t possibly be because I don’t have the energy to load everyone in the car and head to the store.
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