Congratulations! You have just moved in to your new construction home and want to use your new oven. Wait! Don’t use it just yet. Did you know that it may smoke and/or smell the first time? This is due to the burn off of the factory coating. Don’t worry it’s normal but it can scare new owners. It scared my sister-in-law enough that she turned off her oven and decided to eat left overs.
To help you from eating left-overs you have some options to help with this smoke and smell. The first option, which I learned from a site supervisor, is to stick a loaf of bread in the oven. Buy a cheap loaf of bread and stick it on a baking sheet*. Set your oven to at least 425 (the higher the better). This should help with the smell as the bread is going to absorbed most the smell. You still turn fans on to help with air circulation.
Keep the bread in for at least 15 minutes. The bread will be burnt but your new house won’t have an awful smell of smoke.
Another option you have is to turn on your fan and set the oven to 500 and let it run for 30 minutes. You will want to open windows and turn fans* on to help with the smell and ventilation.
My sister-in-law tried the first option and happily reported back her house didn’t smell! In fact she was able to make a pizza right afterwards and her pizza didn’t taste bad at all! It was a win in her book!
Let me know in the comments what method you tried and what worked for you.
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