I use my roasting tins a lot. Every Sunday, I do a roast joint of some kind with potatoes for the dinner and I love roasting vegetables to serve as a side dish, to put in salads or to make soups with.
What I don’t love is having to clean the burnt-on tins afterwards. First off you have to soak them for days. They clutter up the sides looking grim, and serve as a constant reminder that you still haven’t actually finished washing up yet, every time you go to make a cup of tea. You have to fill them to the brim with water and fairy liquid to make sure that all that burnt-on gunk gets a good soaking. Invariably, someone reaching into the bread bin will knock into the tin and send all that watery grease and grime cascading all over the side and into every conceiveable small space. You end up frantically trying to mop it up with kitchen roll or your best tea towel as it’s spreading like wildfire heading straight for the bread. When you do eventually bite the bullet, roll up your sleeves, and armed with a brillo, attempt to clean it, you find that the days of soaking have done absolutely nothing to help loosen it at all. You’re sweating like a dog and using every bit of elbow grease you’ve got but no amount of scrubbing is going to get it clean enough to use again. And so you have to admit defeat, chuck it out and buy a new one.
This hack will save you all of that.
And what is the secret to avoiding burnt – on grease……greaseproof paper…..
You line your roasting tins with grease proof paper – going right up the sides. Put in your chosen item for roasting, drizzle with oil, add seasoning and roast in the oven as usual as if the paper wasn’t there. The paper doesn’t affect the roasting process in any way. It is also non stick so everything will come out like dream. Afterwards, pull out the paper and bin it. And……….with a massive grin on your face, put your tin back in the cupboard.