Our 17 yr. old daughter recently became interested in baking. Apple pies, cookies, tarts and muffins have been streaming out of our kitchen in droves in recent weeks. This has been great for us but has taken a toll on our oven. Picture pie crusts filled to the brim and oozing over with sweet, cinnamon, apple pie filling dripping onto the oven floor. Of course, it's not immediately cleaned up by the novice baker. We can't blame it all on her. We've made many a pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce whose water compounds are drawn out during baking and spill over in the oven, not to mention drips of mozzarella. All this ends up in a charred, crusty and greasy mess. We close the oven door and put off cleaning another day.
A Clean Oven is Good for your Health
But did you know those charred on bits can be hazardous to your health? Once foods like meat and fish burn and blacken, carcinogenic compounds develop. Not to mention the unpleasant smells that are emitted when we bake.