28th Feb 2008

Cookers. Cleaning Tips and Glossary

It’s best to give your cooker a quick wipe down every time you use it. This way you can avoid turning the cleaning of your cooker into a major chore. Check the manufacturer’s instruction manual for details on the best products to use.

Spills and oil splatter can make solid plate electric hobs quite difficult to keep clean. You could consider buying a set of inexpensive hotplate covers. That way the hotplates which you aren’t using during cooking will stay clean.

Ceramic hobs can be the easiest of all hobs to keep clean because of the flat and hardwearing surface. Generally, most appliance manufacturers of these types of hobs will recommend specialist cleaning products (spray on cleaners or creams) for your cooker. They are usually available from most supermarkets and household or hardware stores.

Glossary

Vitreous enamel

A protective coating which is fused or baked onto metal surfaces (in the case of certain kitchen appliances, for example) and which can withstand very high temperatures.

Thermostatic

Thermostatic controls are designed to maintain a chosen temperature for a particular activity, such as heating or cooling. For example, the temperature in an oven can drop a little when you open the oven door and let hot air out and cold air in. The thermostat will automatically adjust to this kind of fluctuation to keep the oven temperature stable.

Solid Fuel

Includes fuels such as wood, house coal and smokeless coal (for Smoke Control areas).

Duel Fuel

This refers to appliances such as cookers which use two types of fuel supply, such as electricity for the oven and gas for the hob.

Induction Cooking

Induction cooking works by producing an electrical current in the coils fitted beneath the surface of the hob. The current then causes the molecules of the pan on the hob (and then the molecules of the food in the pan) to vibrate very rapidly. This friction creates the heat which actually cooks the food.

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