There is no denying that a counter top electric roaster oven is an easier, and more convenient alternative to using a large oven. You can cook your main meats in this smaller version of the traditional oven; bake and roast lamb chops, Sunday roasts, chicken, and much more.
However, they do require more frequent cleaning than your traditional oven due to the carbon buildup after cooking. They also leave a drip tray filled with melted fats, oils and drippings. And while this may seem disgusting and bothersome to clean up, it is important that you clean your roaster after each use. Cleaning and caring for your electric roaster oven is easier than you think.
Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning and caring for your electric roaster oven.
Step 1. Turn off and unplug the electric roaster immediately after use. It is important that you let the oven cool completely before you start to clean it. Wait at least an hour before cleaning it.
Step 2. Remove any attachments from the electric oven, including skewers, racks, and any other accessories. Check your manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the drip tray can be removed. If it can be removed, carefully remove the drip tray, (use kitchen gloves for this task as the tray may still be hot), discard of drippings in your garbage can, and then soak the tray in warm water with a mild dishwashing liquid, while you clean the rest of the oven. Please note: Never pour liquid grease down the drain of the sink. If the drip tray is not removable, take a damp cleaning cloth with mild detergent, and wipe clean.
Step. 3: Remove any large pieces of food from inside the roaster, and discard.
Step 4: Clean the inside of the roaster oven with a damp cloth and mild dishwashing liquid. Scrub it well to remove any grease buildup, and hardened food pieces. Be sure not to use any scouring agents to clean the inside of the oven. Be very careful not to let any water get into the electrical wiring.
Step 5: Use water and a damp cloth to clean the outside of your roaster oven. Be sure to clean all over the oven. Be sure to pay special attention to cracks and crevices where carbon, grease, and debris can stick. Wash the lid of the roaster in warm soapy water.
Step 6: Wipe the outside of the electric roaster oven dry.
Step 7: Allow the roaster to thoroughly air dry before you use it again.
Step 8: Cover with a clean cloth and store in a cool, dry area until ready for use again.
It is important that you clean your electric roaster oven after each use, as the buildup of food and grease is unhealthy, and does not add any flavor to the food. If you follow these simple steps each time after you use your electric roaster oven, cleaning it will be a breeze!