Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to clean your oven easily without chemicals





"I HATE cleaning my oven".

I hear you - oven cleaning was certainly not at the top of my "Things I love to do" list either!

It took forever to do, I hated being on my knees scrubbing for ages and the smell of my oven cleaner was really bad - and probably really dangerous for my health, considering how long I had my head in the oven!

Then I had kids and it got even more difficult - trying to scrub while keeping two curious toddlers away from it all was impossible. Trying to clean at nap time wasn't great either - I'd get it all set up ready to start and then someone would wake up, the phone would ring or there would be a knock at the door and my oven cleaning window was gone!

So I'd put off cleaning my oven... for ages... and then it would be even harder to clean! Baked on grease and grime anyone?

If any of that is familiar to you, watch this week's video below because I'm going to show you how I now clean my oven. It's easy, there are no chemicals and the very first step means I can enjoy the first half hour of the whole job!

Click on the video below to see how I clean my oven easily.






Now my trick to cleaning without chemicals is to use Enjo cleaning cloths and gloves. Apart from that you'll only need water - easy!







Step 1: Prep your oven.


This is my favourite part of the job! Start with an empty, cool oven. Then boil your kettle, pour the hot water into an oven safe dish, put the dish in the oven and shut the door.

Now go play with the kids for a half hour. Or have lunch. Or do whatever you want, really!

While you're doing that, the steam from the dish will be working it's way through the oven, loosening the baked on grime that's accumulated there over time.




Step 2: Clean racks and oven trays.


Ok, your half hour is over - come back to the oven.

Clear one of your kitchen counter tops and lay out two clean tea towels. Open your oven door, take out the oven racks and trays that go with them, and put them on your tea towels.

Separate the racks from the trays, and go at them one by one with your damp Enjo cloth or glove. I use a kitchen mini plus for this - it has an tough side for removing baked on grime and a regular
side for simpler cleaning. 

You can also get the oven glove for this job - same materials on each side, but it covers your whole hand. No broken nails!




Step 3: Clean the inside of your oven.


Now that the racks and trays are done, this part is pretty easy. You have all this open space to work with and all you have to do is rub the surfaces over in circular motions with your kitchen glove. You'll notice the baked on stuff will come off layer by layer so give those spots a few goes with the tough side of the kitchen glove first, then switch over to the regular side.







Note: The oven glove is perfect for this job too - it has the light cleaning side and the more abrasive side for tougher spots just like the kitchen mini plus






Step 4: Buff dry


Use the kitchen miracle cloth to buff the inside of your oven - it leaves it completely dry and streak free and means you can cook again straight away if you need to. Or just give yourself the night off and have salad or sandwiches ;)








And that's it! You're done. Go have a bubble bath as a reward :)




If you haven't got any Enjo cloths or gloves already and you're wondering what to get, start with the kitchen pack. It has everything you need for oven cleaning (and rest-of-the-kitchen cleaning). But if you have an Enjo or two already, have a look through the Kitchen Care section of the site - you might only need one or two things and you're ready to go!



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Credits: Thanks to ENJO for partnering with me for this post!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Easy Poached Eggs in the Microwave



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I have a ridiculously easy and incredibly tasty How To for you today! It's how to poach an egg perfectly in the microwave - in less than one minute.

That's right, under a minute and it's SO EASY.

I'm no chef and until recently, every time I tried to poach an egg it ended up either hard all the way through from the microwave (in one of those poaching cups), or completely messed up floating around in a saucepan full of water.

But a few days ago I did some reading up on it and realised I could combine both of these methods into one! 

I can use the microwave and a little bit of water to achieve the perfect poached egg with hardly any effort - just how I like it ;)

Take a look below:



If you're trying this at home, you may need to change the cooking time slightly - my microwave is 1100 watts and yours may be higher or lower. But if you use a small bowl and stick to a half cup of cold water (just tap water temperature, not fridge), you'll get there in a couple of tries.

Let me know how you go with it!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Healthy Fish and Chips!




This week I'm thrilled to welcome guest blogger Stace from A Healthy Mum to Beautifully Organised! 

I was chatting with Stace about how much easier life is when we have quick and easy meals to cook that are healthy too - it helps us with time pressure, mother guilt, and general everyday overwhelm.


Stace has some fantastic ideas over at her blog and has been kind enough to share her Healthy Fish & Chips recipe with us here - Enjoy!



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A family favourite guaranteed to be ready in under the time it would take you to buy them from the store. 

Made in minutes, enjoyed by all and perfect for the freezer. 

These homemade fish and chips are a real winner!





Serves: 4 | Prep time: 8 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

300g de-skinned and boned white fish fillets, cut in to 5cm pieces

4 tbsp mayonnaise 

3/4 cup sourdough bread crumbs

1 tbsp dried Italian herbs

3 tbsp coconut oil for baking 

2 large potatoes and sweet potato cut in to 1cm thick rings

Method:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 200c and line two oven trays. In one dish place the mayonnaise and in another place the breadcrumbs with the Italian herbs stirred through it.

Step 2:

Firstly coat the fish in the mayonnaise, you're best to do this with your hands as you want it even. Then, roll the fish in the breadcrumbs and place it on the lined oven tray. Repeat until all the fish is crumbed. 

Step 3:

Before placing in the oven, brush a little coconut oil on the fish and also on the cut potatoes and sweet potatoes that you can place on the other oven tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning half way through.

To serve:

A side salad, mushy peas, steamed green beans would all be lovely. You'll find you don't  need much sauce for the fish as the mayonnaise keeps it from drying out.

A Healthy Mums Nutritional Tip:

Fish is brilliant for the babes, not just for brain development but for cell health too. And, these fish fingers are a great option with their healthy crunch, helping little mouths discover new textures and tastes.

If you want to freeze the fish fingers do that before cooking, store them in an airtight container in the freezer for a good few weeks.



Stace aka A Healthy Mum is a corporate girl, turned happy and healthy mother, with a real desire to show other families how quick and easy making nutritious choices for the whole family can be. She runs a successful health coaching business and writes recipes for corporate clients and her cherished followers. You can follow Stace here:

Website: ahealthymum.com
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