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Jan 9, 2008 03:52 PM

Best way to clean roast fat off bottom of oven?

Hi all,
My sister and I made a beautiful roast for the holidays, then made some wonderful Yorkshire Puddings. Only problem was, we also got a LOT of fat residue on the bottom of our oven from the runoff. I did not realize this at first, and then tried to bake some rolls last night. Holy crap - the whole kitchen started smoking like it was on fire!! Glad the alarm didn't go off -
-Anyway, anyone know of the best way to get, now BURNT roast fat off the bottom of the oven?

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  1. Unfortunatly one of the best ways to get rid of prevention...i.e. those tinfoil oven liner things that you put on the bottom of the oven. After the fact, that noxious oven cleaner and steel wool MIGHT get it all off.

    This happens to me on a regular basis. I don't always make cheesecakes in a water bath, and butter leaks from the springform.......and puddles on the bottom. Yorkshire puddings are a major culprit for oven messes. My oven even caught fire recently from one of these messes.

    Unfortunatly for me, i can not handle oven cleaner....deathly allergic...even the fume free stuff takes my breath away.

    1. If it's stainless, try oven cleaner. What I do is spread newspapers on the floor in my basement, put the pan down, take a good gulp of air, and spray away. I leave it overnight, or even a bit longer. Soak for a few minutes in hot water to remove all the goop, then clean with your regular dish detergent. I also have a problem with the smell of oven cleaner, so I never breathe in when I am spraying it. I know it can't be good for you, but it does the job.

      1. If you have a self-clean cycle, run it. And open the windows when you do.
        For prevention, use a deeper pan. ( I am always amazed at the shallow roasting pans I see for sale.) A deeper pan prevents the spillover. An aluminum foil oven liner may work as well (I've no experience with one) for spillover, as would a large sheet pan under your roasting pan (have experience with this).


        1. Scrub up what you can w/ a sponge, soap & water (gloves too). Then, if it's self-cleaning, do as another suggested and run it w/ the windows open. After it cools down, I actually vacuum up the residual ashes w/ the vacuum! HA! ;-)

          1. A paste of baking soda and water - let it sit over night - then water rinse.

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            1. re: OCEllen

              Thanks everyone, I will try one - or a combination of one or two - of these this weekend, and see how I do. Wish me luck!