No timers, no alarms, no digital display, and a wooden handle that's as simple and streamlined as the rest of it — this is the Zen Oven from Polish appliance company Amica, and if you're a minimalist, I'm guessing you just fell in love.
Q: I'm anticipating that the next place I move into will be tiny, including the kitchen. If I don't have an oven (because it looks like that might happen), is a halogen oven or toaster oven with a rotisserie a better option?
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you may be thinking now is the time to push that self-clean button on your oven so that it's spick-and-span and ready for cooking. Here's why that's a very bad idea.
Q: I hate it when food ends up on the bottom of my oven and burns. I am aware of oven liners and placing a cookie sheet below a dish, but is there such a thing as an oven net or screen that prevents food from falling to the bottom?
Q: I just awakened to a mess. I accidentally left the oven liner in my oven when I turned on the self-cleaning function. This morning when I opened the door it was horrible — white stuck-on film all over the oven and door. Is there anything I can do to clean my oven?
Q: I recently moved to Europe and our oven has two dials, one for temperature. But the other one I'm not quite sure how to use. Is this a convection oven? What setting would I use if I'm cooking a US recipe with a typical US oven?
Let's turn our attention to the oven, people, because this whole cleaning business is about to get serious. Has it been a few months since you've cleaned your oven? A few years? Or perhaps you have a rental oven that's never been cleaned at all. (It happens.) Repeat after me: your oven needs some lovin' — so let's get to it!