Baking can be a delight but if you have to start the process with black ugly ceramic dishes it can be rather less fun. But there is a neat trick to keeping these just like new and all you need is some time and some simple cleaning products from the Gyre and Gymble larder.
- Ceramic oven dish (preferably one that is very baked-in)
- 1/4 cup washing powder
- Boiling water
- Baking paper
If you have a sink that you can submerge the dish in, that will be great. If not, then try to find a bucket that will work too. All you need to do is put the dish in, fill it with boiling water until the dish is totally submerged, and then sprinkle the washing powder all over the dish, concentrating on the baked-in dirty areas. If need be, use more washing powder than in the recipe as more will not really harm anything.
Do this just before you finish in the kitchen in the evening and leave the dish overnight. In the morning you should be able to remove the dish and wipe the black baked-on food off with very little effort.
Once done wipe dry and you will have your ceramic dish back looking almost new again. And remember, if you use baking paper when cooking, it will save a lot of mess in the first place.