Some people say that a blackened oven tray is the sign of a good cook, but when your baking trays start to become sticky, it’s time to do something about it. Knowing how to clean oven trays in the best way can be quite difficult, as the most effective cleaning method will depend on whether the main problem with your trays is burnt-on foods and juices, or whether it’s the oily, greasy residue that’s formed a thin layer across the pan.
How to Clean a Baking Tray That’s Greasy
A mistake many of us make is assuming that a dishwasher will do all the work for us. While these appliances are a welcome addition to any kitchen, they can’t replace the sort of focused cleaning power of washing up manually. When you’re dealing with a greasy baking tray, the best way to clean it is, sadly, to use a bit of elbow grease. How much elbow grease will largely depend on whether your trays are non-stick or not.
- Using a paper towel, wipe away as much grease as you can from the baking tray. Don’t spend hours trying to get it all off, just remove any big clumps that have accumulated in the corners.
- Soak the tray for at least one hour, allowing the soap to cut through the remaining oils and grease. If your tray doesn’t fit into the sink completely, you’ll want to turn it over at the one hour mark and allow the other side to soak.
- Now’s where the elbow grease comes in. If you’ve got a non-stick tray, use a soft sponge or cloth and wipe away the remaining grease – you should find that it glides off relatively easily. If you’ve not gone non-stick, then go wild. Grab a scouring pad and let loose.
- Now the moment you’ve been waiting for – pop it in the dishwasher for a final all-over clean.