Sunday 13 December 2015

Getting your oven ready for Christmas with Oven Pride

Oven Pride challenged me to cook a full Christmas dinner, then clean my oven using the Oven Pride Complete Cleaning System and cook another pretty much identical Christmas dinner and see if I could spot any difference. We ate our dinners two days apart so that we could really give an honest impression.

To take part in the challenge you had to have not cleaned your oven in 3 my defence I had a hernia and a big operation, and lots of other stuff happened, so it may have been a smidgen longer than that...

Getting your oven ready for Christmas with Oven Pride

The fact is that cleaning the oven is a job we all choose to put off. It seems dirty and stinky, and very hard work, and while it still works and there are a million other things to do, it doesn't seem top of the list.

Oven cleaning test with Oven Pride review

It's only when you get down there and see just how much pizza the teenagers have dropped on the bottom of the oven that you appreciate how bad it is. I almost didn't want to cook my Christmas dinner in there!

It was fun going and buying all the ingredients for two Christmas dinners. We made a lot of people smile that day in Sainsburys - especially the lady on the till, who clearly thought I was insane.

Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Easy Beef Wellington

Turkey for the meat-eaters and my Veggie 'Beef' Wellington for the veggies. Stuffing and pigs-in-blankets, roast potatoes and veg...including the brussels...and the all-important Yorkshire Puddings.

I am ashamed to say I did get a "it smells like chips" comment while it was cooking - which was definitely due to the oven. But it did look and taste gorgeous....

Please meat eaters and Vegetarians for Christmas Dinner

It was a great meal and we had a laugh and it really felt very festive! Then I had to clean the oven....

Oven Pride cooker cleaner review

The Oven Pride Complete Cleaning System is designed to "give you unbeatable results with minimum effort". Inside the box you have the bottle of solution (a thick, virtually odourless, colourless gel), a large thick plastic bag which seals securely and a pair of gloves.

Put the oven racks into the bag with 1/2 to 3/4 of the solution, then use the rest of the solution on the inside of the oven, and wait at least 4 hours. We waited overnight...

The solution instantly started work on the oven racks, and what I found in the morning was like a prop from a horror movie...

How well does Oven Pride work

I took the racks out of the bag and found you could even wipe off the grime with your finger. A rinse under the tap and they were good as new....with barely any effort...

Oven Pride melts grease on oven racks trays

The oven wasn't quite so forgiving to us and we knew we'd have to do a second coat. It would have taken an industrial grinder to remove all of that burnt on food at the first attempt.

Cleaning the bottom of the oven

In case you want to see anything again in greater detail, or view an actual son cleaning the oven for his Mum (because I had to do the video, obviously), here's what we put together over the 3 days...

The Oven Pride made a huge difference, and after a second spot coat on the bottom, the oven is looking so much better with very little actual physical effort, and only about 60 minutes work in total!

My favourite thing about the Oven Pride isn't even the way you can wipe off the dissolving dirt, it's the fact it doesn't stink! The other oven cleaning solutions I have used have a really strong chemical smell and I don't like to use my oven afterwards, the Oven Pride doesn't smell as you use it, and doesn't have a residual smell at all.

We were able to launch straight into cooking Christmas dinner no.2!

Christmas dinner for vegetarians easy recipe

We had guests for Christmas dinner no.2 as a couple of the teenagers were busy elsewhere. Sim from Manchester Mummy came over with her daughter and was guest carver. I was actually really pleased they hadn't come for the first meal as we all sat in the kitchen, and as it cooked dinner smelled gorgeous. A much fresher and cleaner smell than before, I think actually the vegetables benefitted even more than the oven-cooked food! The kitchen is a much more pleasant environment to be in...

The strangest difference we noticed was that potatoes we cooked were exactly the same from the same bag, but were noticeably different, they cooked more quickly and were fluffier. The pastry was a lighter colour, although cooked for longer....there's probably some science behind all of that....

The Oven Pride really did do the hard work, I mainly applied it and rinsed it off. It took only around half an hour of my day in total to do a clean, and a box of Oven Pride currently comes in at around £4 - I honestly feel a fool for putting it off. 

If you'd told me 2 months ago I could improve my Christmas dinner experience so much by the inclusion of something costing less than a fiver I'd have asked no questions and just agreed to buy it. I will not leave my oven so long again, and it's a job I can just fit in around my day, not a huge afternoon's slog which leaves me shattered and needing a shower before I can do anything else, and I will always have a fresh oven for Christmas!

I was going to clean my oven anyway, I had bought another product ready to do the job, and I am delighted I've found out how easy Oven Pride is to use. It rinses off far more easily and the oven trays are beautiful, something I'd never have achieved without scrubbing for ages with my other product. The Oven Pride is also around half the cost.

Oven Pride is available in all of the major supermarkets, plus a multitude of other shops like Home Bargains and Wilkinson, priced around £4-£5, currently on offer at £3 in one of the supermarkets!

I can't wait to get baking now - and truly enjoy the freshness of my just-cooked food, rather than have it tainted by the stale smell of the last few month's burnt dinner spillage.

Oven Pride is only suitable for the inside of the oven and the oven trays and grill pan, it's not suitable for hob or the outside of your oven. The instructions should always be followed - and always wear gloves. 

We were given vouchers to buy our Christmas dinners and reimbursed for our time spent on this challenge - although I promise I was going to clean my oven anyway!


  1. We've had a box of oven pride for months and still havent cleaned the oven! After reading I may get me and the husband cleaning before Christmas, you made it look easy!!! Xx

    1. Do it - my son did most of it and he's never cleaned an oven before. It really is easy :D

  2. Amazing result! I always love using oven pride, they are great!

    1. You do make me laugh Eileen - I should have known you'd be the expert on all things oven cleaning! Thanks for the tips last night :) x

  3. I so need to give this a go. Still don't fancy it though, but must be done. x


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