Safe management of hot areas, proper use of self-cleaning functions, efficient maintenance of surfaces – are just some of the aspects that influence the life of an electric stove. Find out how you can keep such a device as new, for many years, to benefit from the advantages offered.
Electric ovens are one of the inventions that can help you cook faster and better, and are preferred by many people to gas alternatives. They are safer than these, because they lack a large part of the risks associated with the use of gas, but in order to be used efficiently and safely, and in this case some conditions must be met.
Because it works with a fairly high power, to ensure an optimal flow of electricity from the socket to the stove and to prevent accidents, we recommend you to avoid using the extension cord.
The best installation option will always be to place the stove in an area that allows the connection to the network directly with the supplied cable. We also draw your attention to the fact that you need a grounded outlet, so if you live in an old building, which is not provided with this type of consumption points, you will need to make the necessary changes.
If you still can't avoid using an extension cord, look for a quality model with a cable that is as short as possible and avoid putting other appliances in it.
The stove always means the formation of hot areas, which can burn you if you are not careful, whether we are talking about stove burners or the inside of the oven. To avoid accidents, avoid touching the meshes after use and carefully open the oven door.
Even if the handle is cold, you can burn yourself from the hot steam coming out of it. During use, this steam is evacuated through a ventilation area present in any model, which you must make sure you always leave free.
Always use gloves when walking through the baking trays or dishes on the stove and carefully monitor dishes that involve the use of grease and oils or alcohol. Careful! The alcohol evaporates in the heat and if it is added to a preparation placed in the oven, it can ignite on contact with electrical resistances.
Because there is a risk of fire, it is best to never use the hob as a storage surface for cooking utensils or to place forks, knives, spoons and other metal objects that will heat up. It is equally important to use only the grids included in the product package by the supplier and to supervise the process of frying, boiling, baking, etc.
Be sure to always turn off the burners after use, even in the case of induction variants, where you may be tempted to rely on the vessel detection function. If the hob has a lid, do not lower it until the surface has cooled.
The little ones should not be left unattended near a stove, whether it has an induction hob or gas, because many of the accessible parts can get hot and can become a danger to them.
If the model includes a lock function, which prevents children from accessing the control panel, it is good to always use it, but try not to consider it as a 100% guaranteed solution, which prevents any type of accident.
Preparation for use
Even with the best electric cookers , the oven will generate an unpleasant odor at the first use, due to the elimination of chemical residues left from the factory, on the inner surface. It is therefore recommended that, before you actually start cooking, let it work at 200 degrees for an hour. If the odor persists, repeat the operation.
Efficiency of current consumption
The oven usually consumes the most current, an aspect that can be easily managed through a few simple and effective measures. First of all, it is recommended not to use the preheating function, unless stated in the recipe. It is also helpful to turn it off 10 to 15 minutes before the dishes are completely done, because they will continue to bake due to the residual heat.
Cleaning and maintenance
Carefully follow the instructions in the product manual, because the cleaning method depends on the characteristics of the surfaces. If the oven includes, for example, a catalytic cleaning function, there will be no need and you should not use anything other than a damp cloth. On the other hand, in the case of variants that are cleaned manually, with or without hot steam, efficient substances will be needed to help you remove the dirt.
In all cases it is good to avoid abrasive, aggressive solutions, wire sponges, etc. which scratches the enamel, and look for special formulas for stainless steel, if this material is used in the construction of the device.
To avoid stains that are difficult to remove, it is good to clean the oven after each use, with a warm solution of water and detergent, while it is still a little warm. Careful! Warm, not hot.
The same process applies to the hob. Water stains on glass ceramic or induction models are easily removed with a soft cloth, moistened with vinegar water solution. To avoid burning residues and impregnating the surface, it is important to make sure, before each use, that the burners are clean.
Don't forget that this is a product that works with electricity and that it is good to turn off the power before any maintenance operation that involves the use of water. So remove the plug from the socket and only then start cleaning. But there are exceptions, namely, the pieces of molten plastic from the packaging and sugar or sugar foods, which must be removed as soon as possible because they can damage the hob.
This type of self-cleaning requires operation at very high temperatures and requires special care. Before initiating it is important to take everything out of the oven, from pots and pans, to the grill included in the stove. It is also good to wipe off coarse food and fat residues.
Do not let children approach the stove, because hot air is released through the vents creating a warm area that can burn the skin. During this process, harmful gases are released, which is why it is important to ensure efficient ventilation in the kitchen and not to leave pets, especially birds, nearby.