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National Burger Month

As we wrap up this National Burger Month, we thought you might like this guide on how to make the perfect burger – read on for tips and recipes. Making The Perfect Burger Starting With The Meat Burgers can be made from more or less anything – the name describes the shape more than anything […]

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Happy Birthday To The Microwave

The oven’s  little sister the microwave turns the big 5 0 this year ! Although the first commercial available microwave oven was introduced 70 years ago, the monstrous contraption was 1.8m tall, water-cooled and used around 3 times as much power as a contemporary microwave. Fantastic for restaurants and the homes of the rich, it […]

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Harmony Day 2017

This Tuesday March 21st is Harmony Day in Australia, the day we come together to foster belonging and respect the diversity that makes this Country so great! On this day, it’s traditional for supporters of cultural harmony to wear the colour orange, as it symbolises social communication and meaningful discussions. If you’d like to celebrate […]

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How To Cook In A Slow Cooker

If you’ve ever bought yourself a slow cooker, you’ll know how exciting it is to get started! Perfect for the busy family, you can set dinner to cook in the morning, leave the house and not worry about it burning down. But aside from the recipes you get along with the slow cooker, you might […]

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International Book Giving & Valentine’s Day

Not only is the 14th February the year’s most romantic – or stressful, depending on your outlook – day, it’s also International Book Giving Day. This gives you a golden opportunity to combine the holidays for maximum romance and deliciousness. If you think your love would appreciate a cookbook, and perhaps some time spent together […]

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Year of the Fire Rooster

This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Fire Rooster, and Sydney is promising the biggest celebration of the Lunar Year outside of mainland China – a pretty huge claim, that we can’t wait to see come true! But if you’d prefer to stay at home with friends and family, we have a few […]

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Food For Your Beard

Movember – the month of November, dedicated to moustaches – is a worldwide phenomenon, with countless men dedicating their upper lip to charitable mens’ causes. But we’ve got a slightly different follow up to Movember. And it has just as good a name… Decembeard. Decembeard is about dedicating your beard – existing or otherwise – […]

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Feature in Franchise Business

We were very pleased to be featured on the Franchise Business blog this October! It was a fantastic chance to get our message out there, and hopefully encourage a few more people to check out the amazing  opportunity that Ovenu can offer! Read the full article on Franchise Business

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5 People Who Need A Mobile Oven Cleaner

We’d all love to have the time to clean our ovens – well, theoretically at least – but adult life gets in the way. Most of us have we would prefer to enjoy ourselves in what little spare time we have, rather than getting on hands and knees to scrub out the oven. Headteachers If your school has food-tech […]

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Questions To Ask Your Oven Cleaner

Since we started trading in Australia in 2004 we’ve seen dozens of alternative oven cleaning companies come and go. We’ve also had many instances over the years where we’ve been asked to rectify jobs where ‘others’ just haven’t undertaken the task to our exacting standards. Unfortunately, many of these jobs were booked by customers who […]

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Keeping Your AGA Clean

AGAs are beautiful ovens – and many people who enjoy using their kitchen will want one. But contrary to popular belief, they are not entirely self-cleaning! True, the heat inside the oven does carbonise some spills, allowing you to brush off the carbon dust once it’s off, but this is only a temporary measure – […]

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Extending the Life of your Oven

Buying an oven isn’t something you want to do regularly – even if you enjoy the act of measuring up, shopping around and installing, there’s no need to go through all of that too often! If you’ve just bought a new oven, you want to ensure you’ll get as much use out of it as […]

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When Do You Need To Clean Your Oven?

Unfortunately, there’s no straight answer – you might as well ask how long a ball of string is. It’ll mostly depend on how often you use the oven and what kind of food you use it for – a busy canteen cooking lots of roast meats will certainly need cleaning much more often than a […]

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What’s Your Favourite Seasoning?

Ken Haining of Ovenu Point Cook had a surprise in store when he found the damaging effects of store-bought oven cleaners at one client’s home. “A recent client purchased a popular supermarket oven cleaning aerosol to try and clean out her oven. It didn’t work. When I was called in to clean the oven, I […]

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Five Messiest Foods For Your Oven

Many of us enjoy cooking or baking but the sad truth is, no matter how careful you are, some foods are always going to make a mess. But which are the worst – and which should you avoid if you’ve just had your oven cleaned? Roast Dinners All that meat and grease – not to […]

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What Is The Dirtiest Part Of Your Oven?

There isn’t a person alive who wakes up in the morning eager to clean their oven, but like most unpleasant tasks it does eventually need to be done. Build-ups of grease, burned fat and crumbs can turn your oven into a smoking, greasy mess that gets increasingly more difficult to clean the longer you leave […]

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What’s Really In Your Cleaning Products?

How much do you really know about your oven cleaning products? You won’t be surprised to know that here at Ovenu we put a lot of stock into keeping homes clean and tidy. But should you use a cleaning product that might have damaging side effects for you and your family? We’ve explored some of […]

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Labour Day 2016

Labour Day is a worldwide event which grew from the efforts of a single group of Australian stonemasons. From their core purpose of instilling an eight hour day, they’ve moved on to campaign for other workers’ rights, and working conditions now are incomparable to how they used to be – all thanks to those plucky […]

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Earth Day 2016

On Friday the 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day: originating in 1970, the annual day of celebration has been adopted by hundreds of countries and now is celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide. Earth Day is a day of learning, and of action. Thanks to the internet, spreading the message of Earth Day […]

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Supermarket Free Month

This month is Supermarket Free Month in Australia, an initiative which encourages buying from independent and local shops instead of the usual supermarkets. There are a number of reasons why we might do this; from health, to avoidance of food waste, to environmental protection. Here we go! The company which promotes Supermarket Free Month makes […]

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April Fool’s!

No, don’t worry, there really is a post. April Fool’s Day is the kind of holiday that ends up dividing people – is it funny to play pranks on people? What about hoaxes? Nevertheless, many continue to celebrate it as an unofficial holiday of mischief. But where did it begin? There are a few examples […]

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The Easter Blog

Easter in Australia is a wonderful time to look forward to, despite the harkening of autumn. For both religious and secular Australians it’s a time for fun and family, and perhaps most importantly a four day weekend! Wherever you are this weekend, why not indulge in a few seasonal activities?   The Easter Bilby Do […]

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St Patrick’s Facts

St Patrick’s Day is approaching, which means another day of boozing, eating, and generally celebrating the wonderful people that are the Irish. Last year’s St Paddy’s post dealt with the history of the legend himself and how we all celebrate. This year, we have some slightly more unusual facts for you – read on to […]

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Leap Day 2016

As 2016 is a leap year, we thought we would get into the spirit and celebrate the one extra day we get every year! Firstly, a little history. The Gregorian calendar (the one we use) was introduced in 1582 and was split into 365 days. However, this was problematic as the earth’s revolution around the […]

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Pancake Day 2016

It’s everybody’s favourite time of the year once again…that’s right, it’s Pancake Day! Traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, this is the last day before the season of Lent, during which religious observers will abstain from dairy, meat and eggs. Making pancakes became a way to get rid of eggs, sugar and milk from the house […]

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Australian Open 2016

The Australian Open Tennis Championships begin next week, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it all kick off! The huge tennis tournament is held every year in Melbourne; it was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne but moved in 1988 to Melbourne Park, which has since seen hundreds of thousands […]

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Hanukkah

The 7th of December marks the first day of Hanukkah – an event which takes place from the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. For its eight day duration, Jewish people will celebrate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC, thanks to the Maccabean revolt against the […]

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Diwali – Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu Festival of Lights, celebrating the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. It  is one of the most joyful of traditional Indian religious holidays, and is warmly embraced by the Australian community each year. The date of Diwali falls on the 15th day of […]

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Halloween For Adults

There is probably nowhere in the world where Halloween is a more divisive subject than right here in Australia. It’s understandable; the Americanised version of the holiday which has spread so insipidly across the world brings with it connotations of colonialism and globalisation, not to mention the fact that Trick or Treating can be downright […]

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International Vegetarian Week

It’s that time of the year again, when some of the country get to feel pretty smug about themselves – International Vegetarian Week!     Vegetarianism as a diet has become increasingly popular for a wide range of reasons – which we will detail here – and initiatives such as Meat Free Monday are making […]

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Sukkot Celebrations

Sukkot has begun in Australia and brings to an end the three pilgrimage festivals of Judaism, also including Passover and Shavu’ot. In an historical sense, Sukkot is a remembrance of the forty years spent in the dessert by the children of Islam, where they were forced to dwell in temporary structures named sukkah, trusting in […]

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Banskia Café – An Ovenu Success Story

Nestled within one of Melbourne’s longest established plant nursery and garden landscape material businesses in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburb of Knox is the Banksia Café. The café is surrounded by lush indoor and outdoor plants. Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks the café is a haven for those seeking a tranquil respite from the daily […]

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Father’s Day 2015

Every first Sunday of September we celebrate the men in our lives who raised us, protected us and helped us to be the people we are today. Father’s Day isn’t just about rewarding men who’ve had children but also father figures and inspirational male role models. Let’s learn a little about how it got started, […]

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The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is one of the most important Feast Days in Christian tradition, and one of the few that are obligatory. It celebrates the heavenly birthday of Mary, mother of Jesus – the day she was “assumed” into heaven by her son. The festival was celebrated as early as 5th […]

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Picnic Day

The first Monday in August recognises an important day within the Northern Territory, and one of the most fun celebrations – Picnic Day! The public holiday, which is only celebrated in Northern Territory, commemorates the day when policies regarding Chinese indentured labourers were overturned. Many immigrants were taken over to Australia to boost the number […]

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr has officially begun, marking the days in which Muslims may take a break from their fasting, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious treat? After a month of fasting, where Muslims cannot eat or drink during daylight hours, Eid marks the one holiday in which they are strictly forbidden to […]

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NAIDOC Week 2015

Sunday 5th July marks the beginning of the 2015 NAIDOC week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia as well as the Torres Strait Islanders. Most states will hold some form of celebration, with local communities planning events together, such as barbecues, crafting days, films and stories. Indigenous creations play […]

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Winter Solstice 2015

The Winter Solstice comes this year on Monday the 22nd of June – the shortest day of the year. Unlike the Northern Hemisphere, who are enjoying the height of summer, we’re progressing through winter and when they have the longest day of the year, ours will be the shortest. If you wanted to celebrate the […]

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Some Simple Treats for a Royal Birthday Bash

We’re approaching the Queen’s Birthday once again, and this sunny summer Monday everyone outside of Western Australia will be taking the day off to celebrate the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth. Careful examinations of HRM’s meals shows that she has a fondness for simple savoury foods like sausages, a tipple before lunch and a terrible […]

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Western Australia Day

On the first Monday of June, over two and a half million people will be celebrating the land they live in – Western Australia. But what’s the best part of living in WA? Is it the wildlife, the food? Perhaps the wine? Whatever it is, June 1st is about celebrating all things Western Australian, and […]

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Mother’s Day 2015

Although Mother’s Day traditions have started all over the world and for many reasons, Australia’s is relatively recent. The tradition of gift giving was first initiated by Janet Heydon who lived in Sydney. In 1924 she visited patients at the Newington State Home and found that there were many forgotten mothers there who were incredibly […]

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Earth Day 2015

On the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, celebrate with a locally-sourced and organic meal that’s good for you and the environment!

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A Trans-Tasman Cricket Final!

This year, New Zealand and Australia came together in harmony to host the ICC Cricket World Cup over both countries, hosting 23 matches in New Zealand and 26 in Australia. Funnily enough, this friendship could be in question when it comes to the Finals, as after Australia’s fantastic defeat of India the two hosting countries […]

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St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and for the 10% of Australians with Irish heritage – and any others who enjoy a good time – that means a day of fun! Irish culture, immigration and settlement in Australia as well as the man himself St Patrick will be celebrated on the 17th of March, the […]

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Fit for Cricket

From the 14th Februry to the 29th March, Austalia and New Zealand will be hosting the 11th Cricket World Cup in 2015. 14 teams are playing in a total of 49 matches, with an impressive 14 venues split between the two countries. This will be the second time that the Australasians have hosted the World […]

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Food For Love

As we all know, the fastest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach – so this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating with a long-term partner or hoping to win the heart of a new love, you can’t go too wrong with some edible romantic classics. Aphrodisiacs The question of which foods have aphrodisiacal properties […]

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Australia Day 2015

Australia Day is rapidly approaching once again, and as Australians far and wide plan their celebrations we would like to make a few suggestions of our own. But first of all, a little information about this holiday for those not in the know! Celebrated on the 26th of January every year, Australia Day marks the […]

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Stress-Free Christmas Lunch

Christmas is meant to be a day for fun and family, but for so many Christmas lunch hosts it can mean nothing but stress. Unless you’re organised enough that you started planning it out in October, you will likely to get into a bit of a panic at some point. Whatever you’re serving up, we […]

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Edible Christmas Gifts

There’s less than a month to go until Christmas – so you really need to get thinking about presents and snacks! Home-baked goods always go down well with relatives, whether you serve them up on a platter or hand them over as edible Christmas decorations. Don’t worry if you’re running late though, as we’ve got […]

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Don’t Attempt To Season Your Oven!

When it comes to cookware, some things are better off dirty. We know this to be true in the case of cast iron skillets, clay dishes and woks. Building up a layer of cooked-on oils and fats can work as a natural non-stick coating as well as add rich flavour to foods like eggs and […]

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The Accidental Invention of Microwave Ovens

Microwaves are the tiny, speedy cousin of our beloved ovens. And like all the best things in life, the invention of the microwave was a complete and utter accident. Even more than that, it was invented by a man with no qualifications, who had left grammar school at the age of seven! Percy Spencer could […]

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Halloween Recipes

Halloween in Australia is not a tradition in the way it is in the UK, Europe and the United States, yet it has managed to gain substantial popularity in the last few decades. The holiday itself is based either on the Pagan festival of Samhain or the eve of the Christian All Hallow’s Day – […]

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Rivervale Testimonials

My oven looks wonderful. Finally it’s clean after 6 years! A great job, Thank you – Kerry – Victoria Park Thank you very much for your very efficient and friendly service for cleaning our oven and BBQ – Jacqui – Carlisle I found the service friendly and very efficient. The oven looked brand new after […]

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Unusual Ovens Throughout The World

All around the world, ovens come in different forms and shapes, and with different intended uses. Often these are based on the climate of the host country, and are specifically designed toward cooking a certain food in a certain way. But just because we have modern ovens doesn’t mean we should neglect these more authentic […]

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Now We’re Cooking with Oil!

Cooking without the use of oil is virtually impossible, but a surprising amount of people are unaware which type of oil is best used in different meals. Welcome to our quick-stop guide to edible oils.

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Lamingtons: The Ultimate Guide

Your ultimate guide to Australia’s national baked treat – the luscious Lamington! Learn to make the traditional cake and then go wild with variations.

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How To Be a Better Cook

Far too many of us are intimidated by the idea of learning to cook, but the truth is all you need is a little preparation and a recipe that makes your mouth water. With these tips, you’ll feel more confident stepping into the kitchen and before you know it, you’ll be a pro!

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The Football Diet

As we approach the finals of the World Cup, we look at the recommended diet for a football player and what they really like to eat.

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World Cup of Food

We may not be the best nation in the World Cup, but we’re definitely strict competition when it comes to the best football food. Learn how to make a simple meat pie today and learn a little history about this iconic treat.

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Rivervale Testimonials

A great job done cleaning my oven. Quote and time were as advised. The finished product looks outstanding, will use again – Mrs Underwood – Carlisle Very fast. Beautiful shiny clean oven. Love that there’s no chemicals, means I can use it straight away – Tammy – East Vic Park Wonderful people, fantastic results the […]

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Black Truffle Season

During winter, a wonderful thing happens in Australia – we begin to see our first harvests of the world’s most expensive mushroom, the Perigord black truffle. Learn about the history, how to prepare and store them, and even where you might be able to get your hands on some fresh-from-the-ground produce this winter.

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Come Dine With Friends

Holding your very own Come Dine With Me with friends is easy and fun, simply by following these few simple tips to ensure an entertaining series of evenings.

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Caring For Your Oven Door Seal

A damaged or worn oven door seal can be at best ineffective and at worst a potential safety hazard. We talk you through checking and replacing your seal so you get the most out of your oven – and your electricity.

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Microwave Myths Explained

Despite becoming a household staple in the last twenty years, microwaves remain much of a mystery for many people who own them. If you have heard an implausible criticism or are worried about your safety, we are here to give you honest and helpful advice.

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