Oven cooking is, more often than not, a vital part of the evening meal-time routine. In fact, you only really realise just how vital it is when it’s out of action and no longer usable.
That being said, there’s a lot more to oven cooking than simply heating up a pizza or thawing frozen chips.
There are a number of oven accessories in particular that can really allow you to use it to its fullest potential.
To help you get the most out of your oven, we’ve listed a handful of must-have oven accessories that’ll have you loving your oven in no time.
While it may conjure up images of Sunday chickens and Christmas turkeys gently browning to a mouth-watering gold, the humble roasting pan is far more versatile than you might think.
Due to the superior air circulation, roasting pans are perfect for vegetables too, creating a fantastic even bake for perfectly cooked veg.
The size and depth also make them perfect for creating a jumbo-sized lasagne for social occasions with multiple mouths to feed.
That being said, the roast is tailor-made for meats and poultry, big or small.
Those that come with a roasting rack also have the added benefit of elevating your meat off the base allowing the fat and juice to drip off. Gravy!
An oven essential, particularly when The Great British Bake-Off is on, the humble cake tray is a must for any kitchen-dweller that wants to make the most of their oven beyond the main course.
Cake trays and tins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as materials; e.g. sandwich pans are perfect for creating layered sponge cakes, like Victoria Sponge.
Meanwhile, springform pans are ideal for softer cake textures, like cheesecakes and tortes, while they can also make for the ideal base for deep-dish pizzas, quiche and savoury pies.
Typically made of glass, porcelain or steel, oven dishes are the Swiss Army Knife or the baking world.
Handy in a variety of cooking scenarios, these versatile vessels are capable of creating a variety of dishes, from casseroles to pasta bakes.
Another handy perk is that they can be transferred straight from the oven to the table for serving (just make sure you place it on a heat-proof surface).
Spare Grill Shelf
When it comes to cooking multiple things at once, a spare oven shelves can be a real life-saver. More accurately, it can be a real meal-saver.
Overcrowding shelves in the hopes squeezing in multiple items to cook simultaneously isn’t smart.
Not only will it result in poor heat circulation for an uneven bake, in the case of cakes and cookies, it can also result in the resulting items merging and sticking together.
A spare shelf can be just the solution, allowing you to spread your cooking over two shelves. Just be sure to rotate to ensure all items are cooked evenly.
A must when it comes to cooking your dish to the desired amount, an oven thermometer can be the difference between burnt offerings and bon appetit.
While some ovens come with these built-in, most will not, typically leaving you to rely on the electric thermostat and the accompanying light to gauge the heat level.
Moreover, the built-in oven thermostat can lose its accuracy over time without warning, leaving you hungrily staring at an undercooked meal or cremated carcass.
Hang the thermometer in the centre of the oven on the middle rack for the most accurate reading.
For an even more accurate idea of cooking temp, you may want to invest in a meat/cake thermometer for the perfect result.
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