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Love Cooking, Hate Cleaning – A Guide to Easy-Clean Cookers and Ovens

We all know that one of the most hated jobs in the kitchen is cleaning the oven. Burnt on food can build up quickly leaving you a very grimy oven which can take hours to clean!

However don’t go stocking up on oven cleaner just yet, as there are three types of oven liners that can make cleaning your oven much easier or even eliminate it altogether! This article talks you through the pros and cons of the easy cleaning oven types – enamel, catalytic and pyrolytic.

Enamel liners

Most people have heard of enamel liners which are the standard in cookers and ovens and need to be manually cleaned. But look out for easy clean enamel liners which require a lot less elbow grease. The tiny bumps in the easy clean enamel surface are a lot closer together and a lot less pronounced than found in standard enamel, preventing grease and cooking debris from penetrating the liner so deeply. This makes cleaning much easier, you’ll still need to use a good oven cleaner though.

Catalytic liners

Self cleaning catalytic liners are the next step up in easy oven cleaning, but won’t rid you of the chore completely. They can be found in both cookers and ovens and can be identified by their slight gritty texture. They work by absorbing dirt and grease into the liners which gets oxidised when cooking at higher temperatures. Some models will only have the catalytic liners on the side panels whereas others will have liners on the back and top as well. Any areas of the oven cavity not lined, for example the door will still require manual cleaning.

Pyrolytic cycle

Pyrolytic cleaning is the ultimate convenience; at the touch of a button, the oven cleans itself. It works by heating the oven cavity to around 500 degrees. At this temperature any grease and food residue inside the oven is cremated and turned into ash, which can be easily wiped away. For peace of mind, the oven door is locked at 300 degrees and the oven doors remain cool to the touch throughout the process. The effectiveness of Pyrolytic is due to the fact that it does not just clean the top and sides of the oven, but the base, above the grill, the light, the fan blades and the door too.

Pyrolytic functionality can currently only be found on built-in ovens. They tend to be a bit more expensive than enamel/catalytic ovens, but as each pyrolytic cycle only costs between 20p and 50p every time it is used, you’ll make a great saving on all those expensive oven cleaners that you will no longer need to buy.