Money Saving Challenge: Clean it or Buy New?!?
Thereâ€™s a challenge going on within the Kernin household, and I want to let all of you Clever friends in on it, and get your thoughts as to whoâ€™s going to win. If I win, it would mean we donâ€™t have to shell out close to $150 to replace a small kitchen appliance that we use literally every day. But itâ€™s going to take a little time and elbow grease to make it happen.
We own a jet stream oven, which is a small appliance that looks sort of like a food dehydrator. It works by blowing hot air really fast at food. We use it to cook pretty much anything that would normally be deep fat fried, and a lot of things that usually go in the oven such as French fries, corn dogs, reheated pizza, chicken nuggets and even bread sticks. All of these things can be made in the jet stream faster than your oven can preheat (about 6 -8 minutes), and with no lingering smell of grease that youâ€™d have with a deep fat fryer.
We love this thing so much, that weâ€™re actually on our third one over the course of the last 15 years. The thing is, I think of it much like my oven or my grill in that I donâ€™t scrub it down and clean it out every time I use it. When you use it the interior temperature is 400 degrees so it kills any lingering germs, so I donâ€™t think much about it. But, as with your oven or grill, over time grease and food particles build up and it needs a good cleaning.
One time I waited so long to do so, that some of the grease actually got into the fan and it started on fire. Unfortunately, Iâ€™ve waited long enough between cleanings of our current unit that my wife is afraid that scenario is about to repeat itself.
Which leads me to our challenge.
I told my wife that with a little dedicated time and some steel wool cleaning pads I can get the jet stream looking shiny again. She runs her hands along the interior of the lid, feels the grease build up, and laughs at me. She wants to buy a new one, at a cost of about $150, but I want to clean our existing one which otherwise is working fine.
Hereâ€™s the rules of our challenge:
- I have until Friday to clean it. If I wait any longer, weâ€™re buying a new one.
- I canâ€™t spend more than $10 in cleaning supplies
- SHE is the judge as to whether it is clean enough to continue using
The picture above is our actual jet stream oven in its current state. What do you think, can I get it clean enough to satisfy my wife and save $150? Or will I be surfing the internet in Friday night looking for the best deal on a new jet stream oven?
This is going to be fun, and Iâ€™ll announce the outcome of the challenge in Fridayâ€™s â€œClever Posts Of the Week!â€
Have you ever thrown something away just because you thought it was too hard to clean?
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