The solution to your lid problem lies within reach. A lot of pots and pans you have got in your kitchen probably have a matching lid. Yet there might also be a couple that is lidless due to them breaking or getting lost during a move. Therefore, what do you do then? Do you go on the hunt to buy a lid of the exact right size, simply use the pan without a lid or buy a new pan altogether? There is no need to worry about that any longer because there is a simple solution which allows you to still use the pan in question – with a lid, of sorts. All you need to do is take a look inside your oven.
Are you right in the middle of cooking a new recipe and do you suddenly realize you don’t have the right lid to go on top of the pot or pan you are using? Just grab the baking tray from your oven! You can easily replace the lid of your pan with this baking tray. To some people, this might sound like a difficult trick, but it is anything but. Many chefs in big, important restaurants use this trick as well. And yes, it works just as well as using an actual lid.
You will need to make sure that the baking tray is clean before you place it on top of your pan. The bottom of a baking tray is often very dirty, and you don’t want this dirt to be transferred to your delicious food, of course. In addition, you will need to also remember to always wear oven mitts when you take the baking tray off the pan. The metal of the baking tray conducts heat which means it gets incredibly hot.
There are some things you can do to make sure your baking tray is squeaky clean again. One of them is to fill your sink or a big bowl or bucket that fits your baking tray with hot water. You can just add half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of baking soda to this and place your dirty baking tray in the water. If your tray has some particularly stubborn stains or caked on food, you can also sprinkle some baking soda directly onto the baking tray and pour the vinegar over it. Add hot water to this and let it stay there to soak for half an hour.
Leave your baking tray to soak for half an hour and now grab a scouring sponge and scrub the baking tray clean. With the help of the fizzing water, the caked on stains will get off pretty quickly. Now rinse the baking tray with some water and mild dish soap and dry it with an old tea towel. Kindly flush the water away through the sink as it will help clean and degrease the pipes as it goes down.
Are you interested in cleaning the entire oven while you are still busy with the baking tray anyway? Then it is possible as you will only need to mix equal parts baking soda, vinegar and warm water in an oven-proof bowl. Use a sponge to rub a little bit of mixture onto the dirtiest parts of the oven, like the bottom. Now, it is time to place the bowl with the mixture in the middle of the oven and turn this on for 45minutes at 100 degree Celsius. Ensure the oven cools down a little bit after this and you will be able to easily wipe away all of the grease.