I use my oven nearly every day now that I have "people" here who want to "eat" and not "scrounge," like Lee and I were used to doing. I have burned myself several times. I have also had many foods overflow into the bottom of the hot oven, turning the oven into a smoke house, making all the food taste like meat, even if they're cookies. I have used the super-heated cleaning option on my stove 2 times now... that's 2 more than in the last 3 years since we bought it.
Today, as part 2 of an experiment, I baked an apple pie I had made and frozen... just wanted to see what happened. Here's what happened... probably NOT because the pie was recently thawed: I think 1/2 of everything from inside the pie oozed out of the sides and onto the bottom of the oven. I kind of heard dripping and splattering, while Habtamu and I were doing his reading lesson. The timer went off and I opened the oven. The kitchen FILLED with smoke. I quickly closed all the doors to the rest of the house and opened all the kitchen windows and both doors.
I scraped out the burnt offering... I had to do it right then because I had bread that had been rising and was ready to be baked. I couldn't really wait. I had kicked the kids out of the kitchen... no sense in all of us smelling like camp fire. Finally got the crud out and the bread in... whew.
The pie... well, my crusts are usually very good. This one looked like a perfectly shaped dome and it was dark brown and hard like cardboard. There was at least 2 inches of air between the crust and the filling. I tried a piece and... huh... smoky. BBQ pie anyone? I saved the filling and froze it in a baggie and pitched the crusts.
The bread... argh... I should have followed my gut. It looked ready at 30 minutes... 20 minutes shy of the bake time. I let it finish, and was rewarded with a 3/8" crust, AND the bottom crust stayed in the pan. I guess the crust being that thick is no longer an issue.
The kids' take on this... "Oven NO GOOD today." Amen.
Lee's comment was "Good thing your kitchen karma was good yesterday when you made 120 burritos for the Food Co-op." Amen, amen.