How to Remove Turkey and Duck Grease from Your Oven

How to Remove Turkey and Duck Grease from Your Oven

Over the festive period, we traditionally spend a lot of time entertaining family and friends with delicious food. From mince pies and Christmas puddings to the showstopping Christmas day roast. If you are hosting Christmas lunch this year, you may face a very greasy oven afterwards.

But if you are roasting a delicious turkey or scrumptious duck, it’s hard to prevent grease splattering around your oven. So, if turkey juice has spilled in your oven, we have put together our top tips for removing grease from your oven. However, these natural cleaning methods will likely only remove the surface grime. For a sparkling clean finish, you should consider a professional oven clean.

How to Remove Turkey and Duck Grease from Your Oven

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Why remove grease from oven?

Leaving grease and grime in your oven can cause the oven to smoke the next time you cook. This is because the grease and fat will continue to burn, resulting in a potential fire hazard. The smoke can trigger fire alarms and the bitter, burnt flavour may impact the taste of your next meal. Plus, turkey grease can be very smelly and leave an unpleasant smell in your kitchen every time you cook. Read on to find out how to clean a greasy oven.

Clean your oven before Christmas

Deep cleaning your oven before the Christmas festivities will make cleaning your oven post-Christmas much easier. Removing any burnt-on food and grime in your oven will not only help your turkey taste as good as it should, but it will also be easier to remove grease afterwards.

Here is our ultimate guide on how to clean an oven.

Why is grease on bottom of oven smoking?

Grease at the bottom of the oven can cause smoking for several reasons, but most commonly it is caused by high temperatures burning the grease. There are ways to prevent grease causing smoke in the oven, including regularly cleaning the oven to prevent grease build up and using oven liners to catch oven spills.

How to clean turkey grease from oven

Degreasing with Baking Soda

To removed spilled turkey grease from the oven, there is a natural cleaning option. Baking Soda or Bicarbonate of Soda is a great natural product for removing oven grease. Because turkey and duck grease can be particularly messy, we recommend wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.

You will need:

  • Gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Water
  • Damp cloth

Remove Grease with Baking Soda

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a spray bottle, then fill with water.
  2. Mix the solution together until the baking soda has dissolved.
  3. Ensure your oven is turned off and completely cold.
  4. Spray the solution onto the greasy oven areas, including the sides and top of oven.
  5. Leave the solution to work its magic on the oven overnight.
  6. The next day, remove the solution and the grease with a damp cloth.
  7. Rinse cloth and repeat until the oven is sparkling and free from grease.

Oven Cleaning with Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquid is a fantastic degreaser for our pots, pans and dishes but it is also a great product for removing oven grease and grime.

You will need:

  • Gloves
  • Dishwashing liquid of choice
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Soft cloth

Remove Oven Grease with Dishwashing Liquid

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid.
  2. Ensure your oven is turned off and completely cold.
  3. Remove the oven racks from the oven.
  4. If the racks also need degreasing, place them in the water solution to soak.
  5. Then using a soft cloth, warm water and dishwashing soap, begin to wipe away the grease from the oven. Don’t forget the sides and top of the oven’s interior. It’s important to also remove burn on food from oven floor, however this will require more elbow grease.
  6. Rinse your cloth and repeat the process until the grease is all gone.
  7. Remove the racks from the solution and wipe them clean, then return to the oven.

Professional Oven Clean

Although these natural DIY cleaning methods will reduce the amount of turkey grease in your oven, it may be difficult to completely remove thick grease without a professional deep cleaning service.

Sadly, DIY methods require a lot of elbow grease and are limited in their results, they will likely only remove the surface grease. If your oven requires a deep clean that will completely remove grease and grime, then a professional oven cleaning service is the best option.

The unique Ovenclean process removes all grease, fat and burnt-on food whilst fully protecting the enamel surface of your appliance. Plus, Ovenclean specialists use an innovative, no added caustic system, which means your kitchen is safe, hygienic and free of nasty fumes.

If you would like to leave the oven cleaning to us, call us on 0800 840 7127, or complete our online form for your free quote.


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