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Self cleaning oven: racks in or out?

Hansel Jan 31, 2010 01:05 PM

Do you take your racks out of the oven during self clean?

My manual (Bosch) says if I leave them in they will no longer be shiny. But I roast a lot, so they are already browned and scrubbing doesn't really clean them up much. Is there any harm to leaving them in other than aesthetics? Would they actually get cleaner that way?

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    Hansel Feb 7, 2010 09:47 AM

    Thanks for all your advice! I think I will leave them out (for now).

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      DDmav77 Jul 24, 2011 01:57 PM

      I have read all the replies and one thing is missing: Read your owners manual as ovens vary on this topic. Some (mine) use a teflon coating for easy sliding and the coating will burn off. I am going to try the suggestion at this link: http://www.choosingvoluntarysimplicit... , which is soaking in bathtub overnight in "hot" water and laundry detergent. Will update post with our own results.

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      ruby765 Feb 4, 2010 07:29 PM

      As pretty much everyone has said, you won't "harm" the racks by leaving them in, but they will darken and be harder to slide. BUT!! If you have the easy glide type racks with a ball bearing roller system TAKE THEM OUT! You will absolutely ruin the roller system and they are rather expensive racks to replace.

      1. c oliver Feb 3, 2010 03:53 PM

        We have a brand-new range sitting in the middle of the floor waiting to be installed. I'm the manual reader in this family and it very specifically says it's fine to leave them in. Yes, they'll discolor and, yes, they'll be harder to slide. But they get beautifully clean and that's what I like. I'll confess that occasionally I'll take the grates off the gas grill on the deck and run them through the self-clean cycle also. I've been doing that for five years and both the oven and the grill grates are fine.

        1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 31, 2010 07:00 PM

          Up to you. If you leave them in them, then they will be baked out and remove excess baked on fat on the rack, but they will also get dull and become more less smooth to slide in and out. If you have shiny racks, definitely take them out. If you can have racks which have tons of baked on junks, then it is not a bad idea to leave them in. Your choice.

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            RGC1982 Jan 31, 2010 06:25 PM

            Take them out. They will get very discolored if you leave them in, and they may warp.

            1. puzzler Jan 31, 2010 04:20 PM

              I leave them in -- sometimes won't slide as easily, but a little dab of cooking oil on a piece of paper towel wiped along the contact edges of the rack takes care of that.

              When we first got a self-cleaning oven we took the racks out and cleaned them by hand, then realized that Martha Stewart wasn't showing up to inspect our kitchen, so that was the last time.

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                tochowchick Jan 31, 2010 03:59 PM

                I like shiny racks so I always take them out and clean them manually with SOS pads...it's a pain but I don't like what they look like after the self clean cycle.

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                  1. mcf Jan 31, 2010 01:39 PM

                    I used to take them out because the manual says to, but I hate the dark, baked on crud that's so hard to take off, so I leave them in now and they're cleaner. I'm sure the finish will wear with time, but as long as it's not rusted, I'm fine with it. So far, no harm done over a few cleaning cycles of 4 hours apiece.

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                      WaWa Jan 31, 2010 01:39 PM

                      They will not slide as nice afterwards. I have foind the best thing is stick thme in a garbage bag overnight, sealed with a small dish of ammonia, they clean up beautifully after that.

                      1. junescook Jan 31, 2010 01:08 PM

                        I've always left them in. Now they're dark -- but they're clean.

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