Celebrating English Wine Week

Celebrating English Wine Week

We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend and if you're enjoying some time off over the half term break, fingers crossed you'll be able to get outside for some alfresco dining, which we are promoting this month as part of our #GetBritainBBQing campaign. It just so happens that this week is #NationalBBQWeek as well as English Wine Week, and so we've taken the opportunity to look a little further into what wine is available to accompany this Summer's BBQs with the help of Tom I'Anson - owner of Tom I'Anson Wines.

The perfect GetBritainBBQing garden party checklist

The perfect GetBritainBBQing garden party checklist

We are very excited about the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend and are keeping our fingers crossed that the sunshine holds out so we can make the most of it. It’s a great time of year to start enjoying the garden, and hopefully thanks to our tips over the past few weeks, you’ve got a few recipes up your sleeve to suitably wow your guests! However, if you still feel unprepared for any Bank Holiday and Half Term visitors, we’ve got a bit of a checklist to get you there.

Recipe of the Month for May - BBQ Marinades

Recipe of the Month for May - BBQ Marinades

With our #GetBritainBBQing campaign now in full swing, we've been busy coming up with the perfect marinade for those of you looking to host a barbecue in the coming weeks. We have chosen to focus on salmon for our main recipe of the month, but below are also our pick of the best BBQ marinades for chicken, pork and beef, because let's face it - BBQ's are for indulging! Our salmon marinade would also be perfect for cod and there's no need to wait until the weather is good enough to light the barbie either, this will work just as well cooked in the oven - win/win! To serve 4: Ingredients: 4 x salmon steaks 2 tbsp olive 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 cloves of garlic A good glug of 'Lingham's' garlic chilli sauce - (a magic ingredient, which has become a store cupboard staple!) 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated finely Method: Mix all the ingredients together and pour over the salmon steaks - marinade for an hour or so and then wrap each individual steak in tin foil just before you're ready to cook them, including a little of the juice.

It’s time to #GetBritainBBQing!

It’s time to #GetBritainBBQing!

We’ve been having unseasonably good weather of late and here at Ovenclean we’re praying this rainy spell passes quickly! Forecasts are saying it will brighten up towards the end of the month so it’s time to think about getting the BBQ out of the shed, giving it a good clean and inviting your nearest and dearest over for some of your best barbecued meat. So we’re dedicating the month of May to #GetBritainBBQing and to kick start our campaign, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to bag a brand new Outback Gas BBQ! All you need to do to enter, is think of a caption for our photo below and either comment on the image on Facebook or tweet us with your answer and #captioncompetition! You’ve got until the 15th May to enter – so don’t delay!   If you’re not fortunate enough to win our great prize, then spruce up your current BBQ! Ensure it has been thoroughly cleaned before use and if you need added reassurance, Ovenclean won’t let you down.

6 tips to keep your oven sparkling between cleans

6 tips to keep your oven sparkling between cleans

If you've just had your oven cleaned by a professional, you'll know what an amazing result is achieved and you almost won't want to use your newly sparkling, 'good-as-new' oven, in case you dirty it again! But when it comes to keeping it clean between professional cleans, prevention is definitely the key, and here are our 6 top tips with just this in mind: Line the bottom of the oven - You can buy special liners from places such as Lakeland, but to be honest, you can create your own version at home quite easily using a baking tray covered with tin foil, which you can simply replace when dirty! Wipe up any mess ASAP - Obviously you need to make sure it is safe to do so, so wait until the oven has cooled down enough, and then wipe off any spills as soon as they happen to ensure they don't become burnt on in future and therefore harder to remove in the long-run. Cook roasts in a roasting bag - Not only do roasting bags lock moisture into the meat your cooking - increasing the flavour and taste, but they also ensure fat doesn't get splashed around the inside of your oven, which in turn causes a nasty, lingering smoky smell that is very tricky to get rid of and may taint any subsequent cooking! Put a lid on it - Adding a lid will help to stop any potential spills, which can happen all too easily from food boiling over the sides of dishes.