Appliance Tip – Avoid Losing Your Oven While Cooking that Big Meal

Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
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Easter is almost here! Several of you may be thinking about cleaning your ovens to prepare for cooking that Easter ham. Did you know that self-cleaning ovens need to be cleaned at least a few weeks in advance of cooking a big meal? To break it down, when an oven self-cleans it uses very high temperatures. These high temperatures bring the oven, and all of its parts, to a vulnerable place.  If a big meal is cooked just after the oven has gone through this process, any weak part of the oven is at a high risk of malfunctioning. To prevent your oven from going out as you are preparing that holiday feast, clean your oven a few weeks before hand. This will allow plenty of time to repair the issue.  Here is a nice recipe to cook in that newly clean oven:

STEAMED NEW POTATOES WITH PARMESAN CHEESE SAUCE
Servings: 6

18 small new potatoes, unpeeled
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cover potatoes with water in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer until tender, about 8-12 minutes. Drain, keep warm.

In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and whisk in flour. Whisk in milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Season sauce with salt and nutmeg. Stir in cheese. Pour sauce over potatoes and stir to coat.

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