Stoves Blog


Autumnal Survival Guide 

Posted: September 03, 2018

It might only be September, but if you’ve not noticed, the days are already getting shorter and the temperature has been dropping unseasonably low.

Don’t get caught out by the changing of the seasons, make sure you and your kitchen are prepared so that you can ease into Autumn as smoothly as possible.

Follow a few of these handy tips to make sure you’re ready to knock the socks off Autumn:

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Get baking

The end of summer also heralds the beginning of The Great British Bake Off, giving us all a perfect excuse to dust of the kitchen scales and stuff our faces with some home-baked goodness. Before you do so though, you should check out the state of your bakeware. If you want to live up to your Star Baker potential then you might want to invest in our Baking Bundle so you’ve got everything you need to bake to your heart’s content.

Freeze up some meals in advance

There’s nothing more demoralising than returning home in the dark to find the fridge empty, forcing you back out of the house to scavenge (go to the supermarket) and then cook something up. Save yourself the hassle by freezing up a couple of batches of your favourite warming meal, so that you can simply pop it in the microwave and put your feet up for the evening.

Give your oven a bit of care and attention

Your oven’s going to be put through its paces come the Winter so it’s a good idea to give it a once over before you really need it. Grime and dirt can easily build up over a few months, making your oven less efficient and impairing the flavour of your food. Grab a good bottle of Oven Cleaner and a Hob Scraper (or buy the lot in our Range Cooker Care Pack) so you can bring your faithful cooker back to life again.

Tool up for your roast dinners

The colder weather means that you’ll probably be firing up your oven more frequently and roasting more meals, but before you get excited by all the lovely warming things you’re going to be making, it might be worth taking a look at your oven trays. You might think that you bought them recently, but in reality they might be a lot dirtier than you remember! Why not treat yourself to a new enamel roaster, perfect for Sunday roasts?

Buy seasonal produce

Double down on seasonal produce during the autumn and winter months to ram-pack your dinners with delicious fresh vegetables that will put a spring in your step and protect against the worst that the colder months have to throw at you. Think: butternut squash, carrots, sprouts, kale and Brussels sprouts and head to your local farmer’s market to make sure you’re getting the very freshest ingredients.


No-Scratch Guide to Cleaning Your Ceramic Hob 

Posted: July 05, 2018

Are you considering buying a ceramic hob but worried about cleaning it? Perhaps you already own one and are scared to clean it for fear of leaving a mark?

A brand new ceramic hob is a thing of beauty and they can remain so for years to come – that is if you do the right thing and take care of it. Despite what some critics might say, keeping a ceramic hob clean really isn’t difficult as long as you have all the tools at your disposal to do so.

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As with any other piece of kitchen equipment, if you neglect your ceramic hob and fail to clean up spills don’t be surprised if your hob becomes covered in nasty burnt-on stains. Despite being much easier to clean than traditional gas and electric hobs, getting messes cleaned up as quick as possible is always the best way to prevent nasty stains sticking to your lovely new hob. Of course, sometimes you run out of time or simply don’t have the tools for the job – we’ve all been there. For those of you who are at a loss here’s our quick: have no fear, we’ve got just what you need, a quick and easy, no-scratch guide to cleaning your ceramic hob.


What you’ll need:


Ceramic Hob Care Pack including:-

  • Ceramic Hob Cleaner and Conditioner
  • Hob Scraper
  • Scraper Blade
  • Microfibre Cloth
 

- Step 1: Before you do anything serious you need to assess the damage. Make sure the hob is completely cool then grab your Microfibre Cloth and give the ceramic hob top a good wipe to take of any loose debris.

- Step 2: Now that you can see what you’re dealing with, take your Ceramic Hob Cleaner and Conditioner and apply liberally to the hob surface. Leave for 10 minutes so the chemicals can get to work.

- Step 3: Grab your Hob Scraper and carefully work away at the burnt on stains, making sure to keep the angle as tight as possible between the blade and the surface.

- Step 4: Once more you’ll need to wipe away the excess soap and debris to assess your handiwork. If you’re happy with the results give it a final buff and you’re done! However, if you feel like you could do a better job then start the process from the top.

 

As long as you have the right tools for you’re bound to get the job done - good luck!  ​

 

Keep your Oven Working for Longer with these Maintenance Hacks  

Posted: April 26, 2018

Over the course of its lifetime, your oven can take a real hammering...

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of treating our appliances a little rough from time to time. Whether you accidentally leave it on or let a messy spillage harden to charcoal—your oven can often be subject to some nasty abuse.

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We’re proud to say that Stoves ovens are built to withstand most of what a modern household can throw at it. With over 90 years spent manufacturing cooking appliances we’re confident in the quality of our appliances, that’s why we offer a 5-year parts guarantee and 1-year labour warranty on all of our products. Still, in order to keep your ovens in tip-top shape there are a few good habits that you can pick up which should go a long way to extending the life-span of your cooker:

Wipe it down after use

It should come as no surprise to you that one of the best ways of extending the lifespan of your oven is to keep it clean! Ovens work at their best when they’re free of debris, grease and dirt – which is why it’s best to keep them as clean as possible. Performing a quick wipe-down after each use (once it’s cool that is!) will ensure that your oven works better for longer. A monthly deep clean should also keep your oven ticking along nicely (use our own Oven Cleaner to get the best results).

Catch spillages

Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid making a mess. It could be an overzealous cake escaping its tin or a rampantly bubbling casserole making a bid for freedom. Either way, it’s only a matter of time before your oven gets christened with a sticky stain or two. There is a simple way of avoiding these messes and also ensuring your oven keeps ticking over for longer. By using a spare baking tray to catch any spillages that drip down you can avoid coating the oven with immovable debris, improving the efficiency of your appliance and the taste of anything you cook with it. Take a look at our Cookware bundles to grab a spare tray or two.

Don’t line with foil

Whilst we’re all for protecting the base of your oven, there are certain materials that you should avoid doing this with and foil is certainly one of them. Although aluminium foil is seen by many as the go-to aid for cooking in ovens, using foil to line the base of your oven can actually serve to damage your appliance rather than aid it. The reflective surface of the metal can damage heat sensors, causing the oven to heat up unevenly which can hamper your cooking efforts and also put a strain on the element. Use a spare oven tray on a grill rack or buy a dedicated non-stick oven liner to do the job properly.

Use your elements wisely

Oven elements wear over time, especially if they’re not used correctly. The simple act of turning on your oven will wear down the element, so if you’re about to prepare a complex meal it’s better to do the bulk of your baking in one large session, rather than several smaller ones. It should also go without saying that you should only use your oven for cooking. Many ovens are misused as an alternative for heating – a sure-fire way to burn out your element. You can also keep your elements in good knick by ensuring that your oven’s seal is working well. This cheap part is easy to replace and can make the world of difference to your oven’s lifespan. If you respect your oven and keep it clean it’ll remain in working order long past the end of its warranty. Should your Stoves appliance fail, however, you should be able to find the part you need in our shop.

Where To Buy British 

Posted: September 25, 2017

As our customers will know, we’re passionate about bringing manufacturing back to the heart of Britain, and, wherever possible, our Stoves appliances are still produced from our factory near Liverpool 100 years on.

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But where can you reliably find other items made in Britain, and be sure that their production is genuinely taking place within our shores? With many ‘classic’ British brands now actually being produced overseas, it’s not as easy as it should be!

We’ve found a great website though which is packed with useful information about those genuinely ‘British’ brands, and superb examples of UK craft and manufacturing. It’s at: www.makeitbritish.co.uk 

Every product referenced on the website has assured provenance - authentic, skilled and crafted using the finest materials - right here in the UK. You’ll find a comprehensive directory of large and small suppliers; from well-known brands to tiny artisan suppliers, all offering a wonderful diversity of products, gifts and services for you to enjoy.

And by buying British-made goods, you’re helping to keep fast-fading skills alive in our country, and support home-grown talent. In an age of economic strife, that aim is more compelling than ever.