Your range is one of the most important appliances in the kitchen. With a little cleaning and maintenance, you can turn your range into a more energy efficient appliance and extend its lifespan.
1. Don't let a small spill become a bigger mess. Wipe off spills right away. Clean sugary ones while they're still warm, or they’ll adhere to the range cooktop and cause pitting or permanent marks on porcelain and enamel finishes. Clean with hot sudsy water and rinse.
2. Clean or replace oven vent filters. Oven vents reduce lingering odors and suck away smoke. Keep yours running at peak performance by cleaning it regularly using a degreaser and soapy water, and replacing the charcoal filters periodically.
3. Heat your oven, not your kitchen. Over time, the gasket around your oven door that keeps heat inside can become torn or deformed, allowing heat to escape. Regular inspection of this door gasket will ensure it's in good condition.
4. A tiny clog in your gas burner is a big deal. Keep your gas burners cooking efficiently by periodically cleaning ports according to your manufacturer's instructions.
5. Go easy on your glass cooktop. To avoid scratches, don't slide cookware. Don't store jars or cans above. They're too easy to drop and can crack the glass. Hot pan lids left on the cooktop can trap air and crack the glass cooktop as it cools.
1. Use the right cookware. Flat bottoms, straight sides and tight-fitting lids allow food to heat up more quickly and cook more efficiently.
2. Match the pan to the burner. When using an electric cooktop, a six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner can waste more than 40% of the heat produced.
3. Start food on higher heat. Then switch to a lower setting to finish cooking. Use retained heat for cooking when possible.
4. Keep it clean. Burner pans blackened from heavy use absorb a lot of heat, reducing burner efficiency. When clean, more heat can reflect up to the cookware.
5. Use residual heat when self-cleaning. Use the self-cleaning feature after cooking a meal, and it will use less energy to heat up.