Yesterday, I found myself curled up on the couch bemoaning the fact that as soon as I finish cleaning something somehow it is dirtied. Sometimes it is Twiddlepants the Toddler hoarding and carrying her graham cracker snack around the house. A graham cracker crumbles quiet easily in the hands of Twiddlepants the Toddler. Sometimes it is the husband coming home from Lowes and leaving the empty bag on the counter. And, yes, an honest blogger must admit that sometimes it is me putting too much stuff in the canister as I make smoothies with and immersion blender. Not the proper appliance to use if you are mass producing smoothies! Need a blender!
Today I thought I would clean my cast iron griddle really well. I read in a magazine at my mom's house that cleaning cast iron requires using your self-cleaning oven. Since the stench of burning food has begun to assault us as I bake, I thought today would be a good time to clean that griddle and that oven! It is the first time ever that I have used the self-clean cycle on any oven. (Why when the temperature today is to reach 90 degrees I don't know.) Perhaps because it is SELF-CLEANING. That means I can push a button and do what ever I want. No effort on my part!
Now it is done, though. I didn't know I would have an oven full of ashes. Or that evaporated gunk would come out the vent and settle out on the top of the oven door, or even worse, on the stove top that I just cleaned. Or that I would forget step too in the refurbishing of cast iron cookware.
Of course all of that will have to wait till the kitchen returns to a temperature I can clean in. And the oven must return to some semblance of normal temperature for me to want to remove the ash and I am currently convinced that the cast iron griddle will never return to room temperature! Alas.