AGA Hints and Tips
Posted 15th May 2017 in Blog
- When stir frying or cooking anything that is inclined to splash, such as boiling marmalade, the AGA Splash Shield will protect the insulated cover liner from splatter, making cleaning a doddle! Just wash the Splash Shield in hot soapy water or place in a dish-washer between two dinner plates.
- The easiest way to clean the AGA top plate and front plate is to mop up spills as soon as they happen. It is useful to keep a damp cloth handy to do this, as baked-on food takes more of an effort to clean.
- The top plate is the enamelled surface surrounding the hotplates. Although it is not a cooking surface you can use the warmth for a number of useful activities, which more often than not save time and washing-up! These include warming honey or syrup in the jar, or melting butter or chocolate in a basin – so saving on melting over a saucepan – do please put the basin on a cork mat or folded piece of kitchen towel to avoid scratching the enamel. Although it is a durable and hard-wearing surface vitreous enamel is glass and will show scratch marks
- Keep the cast iron hotplates clean using your wire brush, this will ensure saucepans and the kettle have perfect contact for the best cooking performance.
- Use the Simmering Plate as a griddle for toasted sandwiches, quesadillas, scallops and Welsh cakes. A piece of Bake-O-Glide keeps the plate free from spills. However I favour using direct on cooking for pancakes as this gives them an authentic appearance.
- The best way to keep the oven linings clean is to wipe them over after cooking so that splashes do not get baked on (being careful with a hot cooker). Clean the linings when they are cool, or when the AGA cooker is off.
- Invest in some extra AGA large baking trays excellent for roulades, roasted vegetables, flapjack, shortbread and they slide directly onto the runners in the AGA ovens
- Use the Simmering Oven to steam root vegetables if they are left longer than planned don’t worry they will not spoil, this also applies to rice
- Use the plain shelf in place of an oven grid shelf (if they are all being used) to create another level in the Simmering or Warming Oven, this also provides a cool area underneath for warming plates
- Don’t be afraid to use shortcuts – a carton of custard can be hidden in the Simmering Oven to heat for around an hour then opened and poured into a warmed custard jug at the last minute.
- Prepare canapés ahead, such as crostini, place on the cold plain shelf keep in the refrigerator, then just slip onto the floor of the Roasting Oven for 10 minutes.
- Plan ahead, make a list – preparation is the key to a stress free event!
- Make sure the AGA is on and at its normal heat
- Yorkshire puddings can be cooked ahead and reheated for 10 minutes in the Roasting Oven when required
- Roast potatoes similarly can be cooked the day before until just done then reheated for about 15 minutes in the Roasting Oven
- Keeping food hot – you and your AGA can complete a meal and leave it in the Simmering or Warming Oven while you have a leisurely drink with your guests
- Keep sauces warm in the Simmering Oven until ready to use – add flavourings at the last minute such as chopped parsley or cheese