Spring fever is in full swing, and for me that means spring cleaning, and that includes scrubbing out the oven. It's not my least favorite chore, but it's pretty far down there. I try to make it easier on myself and keep a layer of aluminum foil down on the bottom of the oven, but it tears easily, and stuff still leaks under it and gets baked into the bottom of the oven. After 14 years, I can only get the oven so clean, but with a little help from the COOKINA Guard Oven Protector that I received in exchange for my honest review, clean up on the bottom of the oven from now on will be a breeze.
I spent some time cleaning and scrubbing out my oven before I installed my COOKINA Guard Oven Protector. The included instructions are pretty simple. Wash with warm soapy water before first use, dry, then cut to size. I really like that it can be cut to size as I have a smaller wall oven that some of my older cookie sheets do not even fit into. I gave my oven protector a quick wash, then placed it in my oven under the element. While the instructions say 'do not crease', I fully admit that I did crease it so I would know where to cut the sheet as all I did was eye ball it. I figured as long as I cut the creased part off, it would be OK. Cutting the COOKINA sheet was very easy and smooth, somewhere between cutting a stiff fabric and heavy stock paper.
TADA! COOKINA Guard Oven Protector sheet successfully installed. As you can see, I have an electric oven with an exposed element, but the sheet will work in electric ovens with an invisible element, gas ovens, and even microwaves. Just be sure to read the instructions for proper placement. The COOKINA Guard Oven Protector sheet is safe for cooking temps up to 500 degrees. If you have a self cleaning oven, be sure to remove the sheet before activating the cleaning cycle.
So of course now that I have a fancy oven protector installed in the oven, nothing has bubbled over, or exploded. Not for lack of trying, even pizza placed directly on the rack only gave me some random crumb droppings onto the bottom of the oven. After a couple weeks I decided it was time to test out how easy it is to clean the COOKINA Guard Oven Protector sheet. It was more messed up than I thought it would be just from what I saw while it was in the oven. I giggled a little as most of the crumbs just fell off into the sink with a quick shake. I gave it a quick wash with some warm soapy water with the soft side of the sponge, and it cleaned up easily. A quick rinse off, a little shake to knock off excess water followed by a towel dry, and it was ready to go back into the oven, good as new.
At no time during any of my baking projects did I see any smoke, or smell any funky fumes. I like that the COOKINA Guard Oven Protector sheet can be used on both sides, so when the top is no longer cleaning up easily, I can just flip it over and have a fresh new surface again. I really am a messy cook, so I know in the long run this will save me a lot of money, aluminum foil, and back aches from having to scrub the bottom of the oven clean.
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