Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ
Originally Posted by Spmrks
I may be weird or it may just be in my head but I can taste a difference between plastic wrap or foil. And I am not exactly a fan of the taste of plastic wrap. Anyone else notice this... or can I consider myself weird?
Nope not weird, some plastic wraps can leave a taste behind. I use foil.
From a Safety stand point, I am not crazy about the Towels in the Oven idea. If any portion touches the floor of a Gas oven or coil of an Electric, a guaranteed Fire will ensue. If you wish to heat your Towels, a spritz of water and 2 minutes in the Microwave is far safer...JJ
Yes, placing highly combustible materials into an oven is a bit risky, as I partially eluded to. It should only be done with a well-thought out plan so you can assure you have taken all necessary precautions.
The few times I've done it, I kept the towels folded tightly and fitted no closer than a few inches away from the edge of the pan, only about 4-5" overall height, and on the rack position one step below center in an electric oven so they were not close to the heating coils on top or bottom....relatively even spacing between the top of the towels and bottom of the pan to the coils. Before placing the towels in the oven, I preheated to avoid the glowing hot element above the towels. Anything I could think of which may cause a fire was addressed before I started.
I wouldn't say it's something I'd make a habit of doing (it made me a bit skittish the first time around), but it will work as a back-up when I have little alternatives. BTW, I have 4 fire extinguishers in the house...2 in the kitchen (1 is B:C, the other is A:B:C rated) and the other 2 (A:B:C rated) are less than 30 feet from the kitchen range...if all hell breaks loose, I have a large A:B:C in the shed and a smaller one in each family vehicle.
If you have a clothes dryer not in use, they could be thrown into it on med to high heat for several minutes...this would be the safest method for preheating the towels, IMO...I mean, after all, the dryer is made for this.