Do You Hate Cleaning Drip Pans? These Tips Will Make It Easy as Pie!
No one really loves to have to clean all of the time, but we all acknowledge that it is something we have to do constantly. This great forum on Keeping Electric Range Drip Pans Clean from Thrifty Fun will help you with your cleaning though! This Thrifty Fun website has a lot of different topics and interesting information all in one place, including handy cleaning tutorials like this one. The post is filled with other people's experience in cleaning drip pans, so you can see what other people out there have tried and tested already and see if it will work out for you. Drip pans under burners on an electric stove can be a pain to clean out... Its inevitable that food boils over or spills and its a good thing that these drip pans are there to catch all of the debris otherwise it could wreck some of the internal wiring on the electric stove. Even though they don't need to be cleaned all of the time, even every single day, they do need to be cleaned out at least once a week. Cleaning the drip pans at least once a week can ensure that food matter doesn't get crusted and burned onto the drip pans. Sometimes when the food gets too stuck on, it can burn and produce a not so pleasant smell. I know when this has happened to me while I am cooking I immediately think I am burning something I am cooking and panic ensues, but it is always those little crumbs that get stuck in the drip pans.
One way of combatting this ever so prevalent problem, is to soak the drip pans in boiling water and vinegar. You can fill a sink with boiling water and then put in maybe a cup or less of vinegar and let the drip pans soak for a while. You could even do this over night so that it can have some really good soak time. The boiling water and the vinegar helps to loosen stuck on food over time, and makes it really easy to just scrape of or scrub off with a scrub brush. Another way that is a bit more aggressive is to get out some ammonia, which is a naturally occurring substance, but it is poison and toxic so be mindful when you use it, not to breathe it in too much. The drip pans go into individual plastic bags with some ammonia in them, and let them sit overnight. You will be shocked at how easily the grime just wipes right off the next day!
Other writers in the Thrifty Fun forum write that they simply put their drip pans in the dishwasher with all of their other dishes on a weekly basis. Thats actually a great idea! It's quick, and great for constant upkeep. That way, they don't have a chance to really get too much gunk accumulated on them. Another member writes about using dishwashing powder detergent as a cleaning agent for drip pans, and soaking them in boiling water, the gunk just falls right off! I have also heard that baking soda works wonders on cleaning hard, stuck on food. You can let a paste made out of baking soda and water sit on the drip pans for a couple of hours or over night and they will look brand new, or as close to new as they can. It's always nice to try and find natural cleaning options whenever you can as well, which is why I like the baking soda and the vinegar one. Try a few different ones of these out over time and see which cleaning method is your favourite. Or maybe you already have a favourite way of cleaning your drip pans which you can share with the online Thrifty Fun forum. Happy Cleaning!
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