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I had a new kitchen put in about four months ago and was adamant that I was going to keep it looking beautiful and clean. I knew just the place to go to help me in my bid to be a domestic goddess. Lakeland.
I hadn't intended to buy an oven liner, in fact I hadn't even heard of one before, but it was displayed next to the oven cleaner and I thought I would give it a try. Here is how I got on.
What is it ? Well it is called Magic oven liner and basically it is a sheet of heat resistant plastic that sits at the bottom of the oven. It can be easily wiped over to keep your oven sparkly and new.
The packaging - It comes rolled up in a long plastic tube. The lid is a horror to remove, it is clipped in so tight and I broke two nails trying to unclip it, perhaps I am just a weakling. On the shelf it doesn't really look like an oven liner, so if you are looking for it you might have to ask. It certainly doesn't jump of the shelf or have any pretty packaging. But it's what's in the inside that counts.
What is in the inside ? Well a 50 cm square piece of the toughest plastic on the block. The magic oven liner is black and made of a really hard wearing plastic. It is heat resistant up to 260 oC which is hot hot hot !! It can be wiped, washed and scrubbed and always comes up as good as new. This is the Mr Bond of plastics.
It is easy to cut to size. I had enough left over to go on one of my small baking trays, which is fab if I am cooking sausages or fish. They just glide off and the liner can be washed in the dishwasher.
How good is it really ?
Well I have had mine on the go for about six months and without sounding really sad, it is one of the best things I have ever bought. I hate cleaning the kitchen, it's one of those awful dirty jobs that always takes so much longer than anticipated. But the magic oven liner really cuts out all that scrubbing and elbow grease. Spilt food just wipes off even things like melted cheese or burnt grease.
I give it a wipe over after most uses and then when I clean the oven trays I put the liner in the dishwasher to give it a big clean. It still looks like new.
When I just looked on the Lakeland website to find out how much it was, I saw that you can use it in the microwave and in the freezer. So would be great if you batch cook to line trays and tins etc.
How much is it ? It costs £9.99 which seems like quite a lot. But I really think that this is worth every penny and will save you so much time, effort and money in oven cleaner.
Where can I buy it ? You can buy it from Lakeland. Either in one of the shops or online at www.lakeland.co.uk . There is a £4.95 delivery charge.
I do the vast majority of the cooking in our house and am therefore always the one to get blamed when the oven gets in a state. It's difficult to argue against my getting the job of cleaning it, although my logic suggests that it is entirely fair if I make the mess and my wife clears up after me. Apparently not.
I don't do much of the day to day housework and tend to pick up the messier tougher periodic tasks. I don't mind cleaning the toilets (in fact I quite enjoy it) but the job I hate most is cleaning the oven. We have a large range oven and all surfaces in both ovens just seem to attract fat. Baked on grease is awful stuff to have to remove and requires the intervention of the steam cleaner. My little hard brush that comes with the steam cleaner is now worn away from being used on just this one task and I still struggle to get the oven entirely clean and sometimes settle for getting the worst off it and giving up until next time.
I was bought this Lakeland Oven Liner for Christmas by my wife and at first was sceptical of its claims. However, in the month or so that it has been in use ( took me a fortnight to get round to cutting it to size) it has not entirely solved the problem but has made it a lot more manageable.
Fitting the whole of the oven floor, it catches all the spills and drips that would otherwise drop to the bottom and get baked on and solid, so that's a blessing. Of course, I still manage to splash grease all the way up the sides of the oven and the inside of the door, but these are easier to clean than is the floor and ought to mean that the oven cleaning task becomes a less frequent one.
When first fitting this, I admit to feeling sceptical about putting what appears to all intents and purposes to be a thin flexible sheet of coated plastic into a hot oven. However, with this being Lakeland's top selling item at present, it must be able to do the job, I was surprised at how easy it is to remove the liner and clean it. I don't pretend to understand the technology but it is apparently heat resistant up to 260 degrees. It can be used in all ovens except those with the heating element in the floor. It comes in a 50cm square and is easy to cut to fit.
So, so far so good from me and it gets a big dooyoo thumbs-up. Why can't ovens come with a true self-cleaning liner like this? It shouldn't be a retro fit item. If you've always been a scrubber, then get one of these and your life will be made just that little bit more bearable.
As i have already mentioned in previous reviews I am a huge fan of Lakeland products and my kitchen is chock a block with handy little gizmos I have bought there over the years.
What convinced me to buy the Lakeland over liner was that it was made from the same material as the cake tin liner (see previous review) which I absolutley love and think it a god send when baking.
The material is PTFE which stands for polytetrafluoroethene and is an extremely hard wearing material that will repel pretty much anything that lands on it meaning nothing with ever stick so there is no more need for scrubbing.
The over liner works in nearly the same way as the cake tin liner in that it comes in a 50cm sheet which can be cut to fit the bottom of your oven so it can catch any drips of fat and food. Because it is washeable and non-stick when you have finished cooking you can just remove it from the bottom of your oven and brush the food off and give it a wipe down with a dap cloth. This means no more scrubbing the bottom of the oven to remove bits of burnt on food or grease.
Now the PTFE that makes the oven liner is absolutely amazing and nothing will stick to it. Cheese is something I normally hate cleaning up after making cheese and toast because it is so difficult but with this is really is just a matter of giving it a quick brush or wipe and it's gone.
Because I can tend towards being a tad lazy when it comes to house work the oven liner is a complete god send because it means I can bake and grill without the need of a tray as I just place the liner underneath the food to catch the bits instead of a tray.
Mantaining the liner is also easy and as I said it just involves wiping it with a damp cloth to remove everything but it is also dishwasher safe if you want to shove it in there. You can use it up to a maximum temperature of 260 degrees celcius and Lakeland claim it is good for 5 years of constant use.
Although I have not had mine for 5 years yet it is in excellent condition and as good as the day I bought it still.
There is only one condition when using the liner and that is that it is not supposed to be used on the floor of an over where the heating element is on the bottom.
The liner costs £9.99 and for me this is a complete and utter bargain and represents great value for money especially considering just how often it is used in my house. A true 5 star product as far as I am concerned.
I absolutely hate housework and one of the jobs I've always hated the most, and consequently do as infrequently as possible, is clean the oven. Even though modern cookers, in the main, have self-cleaning sides, the bottoms still require a good scrub every now and then. I'm a bit of a slapdash cook so often have drips and spills landing on the floor of the oven which then get burned on and are the very devil to scrub off. Whilst leafing through a Lakeland catalogue some time ago, the answer to my prayers leapt out of the page: the Magic Oven Liner!
We don't have a Lakeland shop in Bracknell as they tend to be located in the smaller towns, more attractive to tourists and shoppers, something Bracknell most definitely isn't. There is one in Windsor, however, and as my daughter works there, I asked her to buy one for me.
Price and availability:
As well as in Lakeland shops, the oven liner is available via the Lakeland catalogue and website, and is currently on sale for £9.99. If buying via the catalogue or website, there may well be a delivery charge.
I love browsing through the Lakeland catalogue and frequently buy their products because they are invariably of good quality. However, I do find that some of the items they sell can be a bit gimmicky. Not so with this oven liner. It's such a simple idea, but practical and hardwearing and should last for years. In fact, Lakeland, claim it will last for at least five years of constant use.
The liner is made from fabric which is coated in PTFE. PTFE is the abbreviation for polytetrafluoroethene, a saturated fluorocarbon polymer which, to the uninitiated and unscientific like me, is more commonly known as Teflon. This material was first discovered completely by accident by an American chemist way back in the late 1930s and, like most discoveries, it was first used for military purposes, being used in World War 2 weaponry, including the atomic bomb! However, it was soon found to have several, more peaceful, commercial uses because of its remarkable non-stick qualities.
The oven liner is fairly flexible and at 50 cm square is plenty big enough to fit the bottom of most average sized cookers, be they gas or electric, and the material is thin enough that it can very easily be cut to size to fit your particular cooker. The only exception to this is that the liner isn't suitable for use with cookers where the heating element is in the base.
This liner can withstand temperatures of up to 260 degrees Centigrade. (If you want to know what that is in Farenheit, the rule of thumb is to double the number and add 30). With such a high resistance to heat, this is suitable for use even when cooking at the highest oven settings. Once in place, any spills from your cooking land onto the liner which can then be removed from the oven and wiped clean. Although the material is flexible, it's also stiff enough that if any of the spills are liquid, the liner can be held in such a way that these pool in the centre rather than spill all over the floor when you remove it from the oven.
I've had my original liner for a year or so now and it looks as good as new almost. In fact, I've found this to be such a useful addition to the kitchen, making cleaning up after cooking so much easier, that I've since invested in a couple more of these liners, one for the bottom of the grill section in my oven and one which I've cut up in order to line my removable oven trays.
I highly recommend this product. It may not be the most exciting thing you'll ever buy for your kitchen but for its sheer practicality, its simplicity of use and for being another item which makes life easier, it certainly works its magic and is well worth five DooYoo stars.
I would be embarassed to admit how bad I am at getting around to cleaning the oven, but with the Lakeland oven liner it doesn't matter!
When I first got one I had been meaning to clean the bottom of our ancient oven for months and it was pretty bad. I still couldn't face cleaning it so put the liner on top of the burnt-on bits. This is not the recommended installation! I then forgot about the liner for many more months and when I suddenly remembered I thought it would be as bad as the floor of the oven had been originally. But I took the sheet out, ran it under the tap & wiped it with a soapy cloth and it was just like new - it really is magic! (Ok it didn't magically make the bits underneath disappear, but that would be too much to ask!)
The liner comes as a big black sheet, a couple of inches bigger in each direction than a standard oven. You cut it to size (just normal scissors) and just lay it on the bottom of the oven - then forget about it.
I have not used anything more than washing up liquid on the oven since I got the liner - so although it does seem expensive to buy (around £10 for a sheet) it saves a fortune in the long run. I'll never be without one again!
Lakeland is so full of amazing things that its easy to forget them all. I didn't even mention this in the store review I just wrote but now that I've remembered about it I think this must be my favourite purchase from them.
After a few years, and a couple of rented houses, of ignoring my mum's insistence that I should buy Lakeland's oven liner I eventually bought my own house, listened to her and bought a Lakeland oven liner too.
This is a sheet of PTFE coated heavy-duty non-stick fabric, apparently. It is a flexible foamy, plastiky, rubbery sheet that can be cut to size to fit your oven. It costs £9.78 for a sheet which will be enough to fit the base of a standard oven. We inherited an oven with our new house 2 years ago and I had to use a wallpaper scraper on the base of it to try and get it even vaguely clean. I then put the oven liner in and every 2 to 3 weeks I clean the oven, take the liner out and wash it with a pan scourer in warm, soapy water. It takes about 20 seconds to get it spotless. In the two years I haven't done any more to the base of the oven than give it a squirt of kitchen cleaner and a quick wipe with a j-cloth but it is still as clean as the day I scraped it and the oven liner looks like new as well. So I can confidently say that it was worth every penny.
It's heat resistant up to an amazing 260°C