Cleaning Tips for Glass Top Stoves

Cleaning glass top stovesGlass-top stoves are a much-admired kitchen appliance, both for their sleek, modern design and ease of use. They practically scream, “cook with me,” especially when they’re clean and gleaming. A shining stove is a welcome place for your pots and pans to whip up delicious meals. You plan, prep your family’s favorite dish, cook it to perfection — and then you have to clean it all up.

But there are trade offs for kitchen beauty, and glass-top stoves are notorious for being frustrating to keep clean. An oil splatter from homemade french fries will turn into a black burn if not wiped up immediately. The tomato sauce that bubbled over from your famous baked ziti is sure to become an annoying stain the next morning.

So you have a few tough stains — don’t go back to cooking on metal coils just yet! Here are five tips on how to keep your glass-top stove from becoming a grungy, frustrating mess.

5: Prep Your Stove

Your dinner has been served, the table is cleared and the dishes are done. Before you dive into cleaning your glass-top stove, make sure the range is turned off and completely cooled. Spraying or applying any cleaning product it’s hot can burn it right onto the glass, making an even tougher challenge for you. Fortunately, most glass-top stoves have a heat indicator light, so you don’t risk burning your hand when checking to see if it’s safe to clean. Once the light is off, it’s safe to tackle whatever food stain awaits.

4: Check Your Pantry

While you should keep a specialty cleaner handy for your glass-top stove, the answer to more immediate food dilemmas may be hiding in your kitchen. Baking soda, white distilled vinegar or lemon juice will work wonders for cleaning stubborn food stains. Wait until the glass top has completely cooled and wet a sponge or microfiber cloth with water. When using baking soda, pour it directly onto the range, and let it sit for a while. Scrub the surface with the wet cloth, and the burnt food should wipe off.

With lemon juice or vinegar, you’ll need to do some quick ingredient mixing first. Fill a spray bottle with hot water, and add either lemon juice or vinegar. Spray the solution directly on the grimy stain, and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat as necessary. For both methods, don’t forget to rinse the clean spot again and wipe it completely dry with another cloth.

3: Use a Razor or Scraper

One hotly debated topic about keeping glass-top stoves in good shape is whether to use a razor or sharp scraper to assist in removing tough, grungy food stains. Reading the many public discussion forums about glass-top stoves will probably only confuse you more. Some people say you’re risking an expensive product by bringing a sharp object near delicate glass. Others say if you use it on the right stain, such as burnt cheese or other residue, and you’re very careful, a scraper will absolutely help keep the stove clean.

Appliance manufacturers do recommend purchasing a special scraper, which comes in a kit with a stove-top cleaner and soft cleaning pads. Here’s what to do: Add a liberal amount of liquid cleaner to the area affected and use the scraper to lift burnt-on debris. Using some pressure, move in a forward and backward motion with the cutting edge of the knife. The cutting edge should be held as flat against the glass as possible, while still maintaining contact. Do not use the corner of the scraper or razor blade, as it can scratch the glass top.

2: Use Specialty Cleaners

There are many effective products on the market specifically for cleaning glass-top stoves. Most are thick and creamy salves that won’t damage the stovetop. Here’s how a routine cleaning should go when using these products:

  • Add a small amount of liquid cleaner to the glass-top and quickly spread a thin layer over the surface of the stove.
  • Allow the cleaner to set for about a minute. It should change from a liquid to a milky-white, dry consistency.
  • Use a clean, dry cotton cloth to wipe the top thoroughly. Pay extra attention to any areas that feel rough to the touch.
  • Once the cleaner has been removed, wipe down the surface of the stove again using another dry cloth.
  • The stovetop should feel smooth. If not, repeat the process.

For really caked-on stains, try this method:

  • Apply the liquid cleaner to the stain area, but don’t let it dry. For burnt-on stains, the cleaner is used as a lubricant instead.
  • If you have a scraper, now’s the time to put it into action. Gently scrape the crust up from the glass until it’s completely removed.

1: Clean Food Immediately

We can’t stress this piece of advice enough. Grease, sauces and spills are tough enough to clean off a glass-top stove. If you get lazy and leave the cleaning for another day, however, those stains will spell disaster for you. Leaving errant food to sit or reheating burnt-on stains will only complicate your cleaning, and can possibly cost you a lot of money.

All food should be removed as soon as the stove is cool, but some foods are worse than others. Sugary or sticky spills, such as syrup or jelly, can actually make its way into the glass, causing pitting and cracking. Foods that get really stubborn when dried out, such as tomato sauce, grease or even water from an boiling pot require more pressure from you when rubbing out stains. This can also cause the glass to crack. A shattered glass top is usually not covered under a normal “wear and tear” warranty, so you would be responsible for replacing it. However, if you’re vigilant about keeping your glass-top stove clean, you’ll be rewarded with a stain-free, polished appliance that will bring you years of use and many memorable meals!

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Magic Potion

 

 
Double double toil & trouble
Fire burn & cauldron bubble
 
  

 

 
It’s magic potion time!  The kids will get such a kick out of this & it’s very easily put together too.  All you need is a few different colors/flavors of KoolAid. This time around, I used red, green, & blue.  You make the KoolAid according to package directions & then pour some of it into ice trays – a different ice tray for each color.  As the ice cubes melt, the ‘potion’ will turn cool colors & change flavors too!
 

 

When the KoolAid cubes are frozen, pop at least one of each into clear cups & top with lemon-lime soda.  
Not only are these cool at Halloween, but really any time of the year!
 

 

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Facebook Throwback Thursday

Here is a mobile home ad from the 1950’s.  It is amazing how manufactured housing has changed over the years.  The manufactured homes from this era look nothing like you would expect a home to appear, and now you can’t tell the difference from a manufactured home and one build on site.

Manufactured Homes Then

Throwback Thursday - Vintage Manufactured home

 

Manufactured Homes Now

Manufactured Homes Now

Here is an example of one of our modern manufactured home.  It looks very “residential”, don’t you agree?

it is worth mentioning that this modern manufactured home boasts over 2000 square feet and our normal single wide homes provide “livability in 70 and 80 feet.”  Size alone sets new homes far ahead of their “mobile” cousins.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies

Bacon Cookies

Total Time: 45 min
Prep 25 min
Cook 20 min
Yield: 12 cookies
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of chipotle or ancho chile powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 strips bacon (1/3 pound)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup roughly chopped honey- roasted peanuts
1/3 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, chile powder and salt in a large bowl.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings and set aside to cool. Crumble the bacon, discarding any chewy bits.

Beat the butter and reserved bacon drippings in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the peanut butter until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the granulated and light brown sugar until creamy, about 4 minutes, then add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.

Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture in 2 additions, scraping down the bowl as needed, until just combined. Stir in the peanuts and all but 2 tablespoons each of the chocolate chips and bacon.

Form the dough into 12 balls and arrange 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten with your fingers (the cookies will not spread in the oven); press the reserved bacon and chocolate chips on top. Bake until golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Congratulations Top Fan

Facebook Contest Winner May 2013

Top Fan Contest - Facebook May 2013 - Winner Darlena Whitten

We would like to congratulate our Facebook Contest Winner for May 2013.  Darlena Whittet of Glendive, Montana participated in our Top Fan Contest and she has won a Wish from her Amazon Wish list.  She will receive a gift up to $250.00 from Centennial homes for scoring 864 points during the contest.

In our Top Fan Contest, participants received 1 point for clicking Like on our Facebook Page, 2 points for making a Comment, and 3 points for making a Post.  Darlena did a great job of raising good questions and encouraging others to participate in the discussion.  We are honored that she decided to devote so much of her time in helping us have a successful contest.  Thank you, Darlene, and if you ever decide you want a new modular or manufactured home, we hope that you consider Centennial Homes.

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