A counter top roaster oven is a great alternative to the traditional “big oven” for extra cooking space, convenience, and ease. They’re great for cooking up turkey, beef, lamb, ham, and much more. However, after dinner is over, you’ll have to clean up. Roasters produce burnt carbon and leave a holding pan full of melted fats, oils, and meat drippings. Although it looks difficult and disgusting, anyone can clean a roaster oven efficiently and with little hassle. You just have to get after it and get it done.
How To Clean Your Roaster Oven
Step 1: Turn the roaster off and allow it to cool for at least one hour before you start to clean it.
Step 2: Remove any attachments and accessories, such as rotisserie skewers, racks, and trays. Use kitchen gloves from here on out; roaster ovens get very hot. Carefully take out the catch tray at the bottom, if possible; check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if your roaster’s drip tray is removable. Remember: never pour hot grease down the sink drain. If the drip tray is removable, soak it in warm water with a mild detergent for a few minutes while you clean the rest of the oven. If the drip tray is not removable, use a cotton washcloth, scouring pad, or paper towels to gently wipe out the area, lifting out the gelled grease and debris.
Step 3: Pick off any large pieces of food from the inside the roaster oven.
Step 4: Wash the inside of the roaster oven with a damp cloth and dish soap. It will probably be necessary to use a small amount of cleaning solution or mildly soapy water to break up all the excess grease and oil. Dish soap works great for this. Don’t use abrasive or harsh cleaning agents on your oven. Don’t get any water on your roaster oven’s electrical parts or wiring.
Step 5: Use water or a diluted food-grade cleaner and a damp cloth to wipe off the outside of your roaster oven. Be sure to clean all over the device. 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: Allow the roaster oven to air dry before reusing it.
Clean your roaster oven regularly, as extra grease and burnt carbon build up over time. Contrary to what some people claim, allowing deposits of carbon and oil to build up is unhealthy and doesn’t add flavor.
Taking these simple steps to care for and maintain the roaster oven ensures your friends and family can always enjoy the fresh, juicy taste of home roasted meats and vegetables.