Sunday, May 15, 2011

When is the 'RIGHT' time to clean the oven???? LOL

I am the first person to put their hands up when it comes to admitting they are not a good housecleaner. I admit that I've not cleaned the oven in 5 years So when it started smoking slightly the past month when using it, I bought one of those commercial oven cleaners, waiting for the 'right' day to use it.
The night before you are catering for a family lunch for 10 is NOT the 'right' day !
Because the instructions on the can said not to be left for more than 12 hours, and I leave for work at 7am and get back at 7pm, I asked 18yo son to spray the oven when he got home from school. This he did. At 10pm, I judged it was time to wipe out the residue and did what I could reach. I then asked 18yo son to get the rest.
Fine and Dandy I thought.
Saturday morning, I tested the oven on a low temp, there was a wisp of smoke, but it was free of any aroma. I was cooking Chicken Kievs and Scalloped Potatos - both in the oven. I turned the oven on to cooking temperature and shoved the whopping huge baking dish of potatos in, filled the sink and started washing dishes. Less than 5 minutes later, I realised something was wrong.
There was a bit of smoke coming from the oven. I opened the oven door and filled the whole house with smoke. Not good. Panic mode !! MIL is due within the next 30 minutes and the house is full of smoke!!!
I opened the front door, the kitchen window, the laundry door, the loungroom windows and remembered to turn the oven OFF.
I rescued the potatoes from the oven. Hmmm what to do? I'm still frantically trying to clean the kitchen bench down, and wash dishes, and make house look 'nice' - and house is full of smoke and I've got no idea how to change the menu for 10 without an oven. I was thinking that a trip to the fish & chip shop was going to be the way to go.
While I was standing outside the front door, recovering from the brief smoke inhalation, I noticed that my lovely neighbour Narelle was home. There and then, in my pinny, I waltzed across the road, and knocked on her door.
When she stopped giggling, she was happy to let me use her oven, as she was going out, would I lock up after I'd finished. I trundled over the whopping huge baking dish of potoatos and the two smaller dishes holding the 10 kievs - slotted them into her oven and let them cook in peace. I was then able to clear the kitchen back down and get the house into reasonable order before MIL showed up.
Where was DH during all of this?? Dismantling the vacuum cleaner because that broke too (doesn't go now at all) and trying to set up his birthday gift - a USB picture frame, so it can play movies. He even joked with Narelle that he thought it was a silly time for me to decide to clean the oven. Did ANYBODY in my family speak up on Friday night? Did I even hear one person say "I wouldn't do that now - the oven isn't smoking THAT much!"
BIL and family got slightly lost on the way here, and were a bit bemused to see me trot over the road and return carrying lunch. I dished it all up and we had a lovely afternoon.
I'm not touching the oven. I'm leaving that to DH and 18yo - they can clean it up. I cannot physically get down low enough to reach the back and top corner of it - so it's either going to be them, or I'll find a little man in the local paper and pay him to come and clean it.

go on - laugh with me. It's funny - NOW !!


shez said...

Ohh you poor thing but you saved the day with some smart thinking,the oven is something that you use nearly every day so the big question is, when is the best time to clean an oven,lol,lol.

Kate said...

Oh Bronny,,,yes I am laughing,,,not at you but with you,,I can relate to everything you say,,,So do you know what i did..? I twisted DH arm right up his back and he brought me a Convection oven which sits nicely on the work bench,,cooks everything (fat free) beautifully and has a wash cycle for when you have finished,,It's Wonderful.Kate xx
Did I mention that DH had a fall while carrying this from THE HN Superstore..broke a rib,,,so that and paying for it was painful for him :(

Marlene said...

Great fun, love your neighbour!!

Bette said...

Oh, that is good. I feel for you. Remind me to post about the time I put potato peels in the garbage disposal on Christmas!

Denise said...

Thank goodness for great neighbors.

I must confess I don't clean as often as I should. I'll do dishes and laundry. But the sweeping is DS's. Dusting and deep cleaning - wait and wait and wait. Only do the dusting when the color tv starts reminding me of the old black and white tv's of yesteryear.

Glad your dinner turned out perfect without an oven!

Pauline said...

I've done my own scientific studies on this and there is never a good time to clean the oven! Mine's supposed to be self-cleaning- but I know for a fact that it's not! Who dreamed up that bit of advertising propaganda?

What a great neighbour you've got!