Last week I watched a woman in a store buy a $26 “oven liner” and it damn near gave me a bellyache watching her do it, knowing there was no need to waste good money like that. I assumed everyone’s mother taught them to line their oven with aluminum foil, but upon a formal survey (read: I Gchatted three people) it appears this tip is in need of revival.
For me, one piece of foil will last for ages until inevitably a hunk of cheese falls off a frozen pizza or a tray of lasagna. You would think the sides would eventually get dirty, but I have not found that to be true. In fact, I just gave my oven the finger smear test and I’m telling you, it’s clean. Totally clean. Stick it in your ear clean. And that is saying something.
After cooking in that thing for 3-5 times a week for two and a half years, you’d figure it was due for a scrub. But no. Unless you are cooking hot bubbly sludge of some sort, the foil on the floor trick should cover it. Go figure? Foil!
Honestly, I don’t know how people are functioning with out this. One time I forgot to replace the foil and something spilled and it was a molten, smokey, charred up mess. Then I tried to clean it while the oven was still warm, burned my forearm and ruined my sponge. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Get some foil. You’re welcome.