Katy's blog | Recipes, tips, inspiration a cute pics of 'pets+cookers'!

In comes the storm, out comes the rack!

The gales and squally showers of this past wet march week have brought with them a happy flurry of Drying Rack photos!

It has been a wet week, this I can testify as yesterday morning I was out in the garden at 6:45am relieving my overflowing water butt of excess water, bucket by bucket. Happy to see the Peony buds poking through the sod as I liberally spread the water over the already damp ground though! 

How to dry your laundry on an aga range cooker racks rails and ladders suitable for drying your laundry and wet washing on an Aga range cooker made in the Uk by Blake And Bull Lyn put hers to immediate use - Thank you so much for my drying rack."It’s already come in useful for drying clothes, pans, trainers and (as you’ll see from the photo) even my grandson’s toys. It easily folds down and stores next to the range which is really handy. All in all an excellent product with the added bonus of some free sweets!" ★★★★★

 

How to dry your laundry on an aga range cooker racks rails and ladders suitable for drying your laundry and wet washing on an Aga range cooker made in the Uk by Blake And Bull Nicole soon found hers to be indispensable - "Absolutely fantastic. Don’t know how I survived all these years without one!" ★★★★★

 

How to dry your laundry on an aga range cooker racks rails and ladders suitable for drying your laundry and wet washing on an Aga range cooker made in the Uk by Blake And Bull Marilyn uses hers for proving bread! "Brilliant! Can't think why we haven't had one before. It drys clothes well and also is great for proving bread! ★★★★★

Our drying racks are super efficient at drying your laundry, & can save you money too! There are a number of other uses for them, 10 that we can think of. What do you use yours for?

Katy x

 

February 22, 2020


Kitchen inspiration!

A wonderful pic to go with these kinds words! Love the mirrored splash back with the bottles in front! "Love my chef's pads, they are so attractive, subtle pattern and colour. Especially keen on the fact they will attach easily to the handles, great design feature. On most other company's pads the loops are too small and totally useless. I can highly recommend Blake and Bull." Thank you Caroline-Jane! 😍

Aga range cooker with mirrored splashback

February 16, 2020

Cleaning ›


Rust On Your Aga, When To Clean & When To Buy Refurbished Parts

Rust happens! Some is easy to deal with, a bit of elbow grease and some low impact cleaning products works wonders! 

But sometimes the rust is just too deep to come back from, even with a grinder. 

How to clean the cast iron hotplate an Aga range cooker hot plate hot spot hob - Blake and Bull re-enamelling services across the Uk suitable for Aga range cookers Blake and Bull re-enamelling Reconditioned aga range cookers electric conversions of Aga range cookers shot blasting of Aga range cookers how to refurbish vitreous Hot plates can become pitted, if rust is left unchecked. The pesky divots that form reduce contact with your pan, and heat transfer. Making the hotplates less efficient and more expensive to run. 

How to treat rust on Aga range cookers - replacement finned hotspots suitable for aga range cookers, spare cast iron fittings and parts suitable for aga range cookersRust on underside of Aga range cooker top.

Rust occurs for different reasons, but most commonly when the cooker is turned off. If rust has appeared without your range having been turned off, you may need to do some troubleshooting. 

You can clean them up easily at home if the rust is light, with a good wire brush set, a cloth and some olive oil! 

But if you have pitting the best plan of action is to put in a shot blasted one! They weigh a fair bit! But we do post them, really we do! And yes, shot blasted cast really can look amazing! 

How to clean the cast iron hotplate an Aga range cooker hot plate hot spot hob - Blake and Bull re-enamelling services across the Uk suitable for Aga range cookers Blake and Bull re-enamelling Reconditioned aga range cookers electric conversions of Aga range cookers shot blasting of Aga range cookers how to refurbish vitreous Bob did just that earlier this year "New hot plate - I was wary of replacing this very heavy part but Blake & Bull answered all my questions so I felt confident enough to tackle it. I was shocked when an item weighing 30 kilos was delivered free!! Spot on service!" June 2019

There are other less weighty but equally impactful cast iron parts that can replaced too!

replacement finned hotspots suitable for aga range cookers, spare cast iron fittings and parts suitable for aga range cookersThis is a grotty old expansion ring next to a shiny shot blasted one!  I did have a go at cleaning one using our super useful wire brushes, and it did recover from the rust really well. But if I had cleaned, scraped, and refurbished my cooker, then I would put a shiny one in!

And to insulation, protect, and seal its underside? A pleasing cosy coil of plump rope seal!  This prevents debris dropping through to the rock wool / modern insulation (if you have upgraded) below, and gives your insulation a boost - improving efficiency! 

How to treat rust on Aga range cookers - replacement finned hotspots suitable for aga range cookers, spare cast iron fittings and parts suitable for aga range cookersDivider shelves in 4 ovens are exposed on both sides to cooking vapours and residue... 

With a little shot blast..

How to treat rust on Aga range cookers - replacement finned hotspots suitable for aga range cookers, spare cast iron fittings and parts suitable for aga range cookers

Warming cupboard bling!

< inspired?! More DIY jobs here to get your teeth into! 

February 14, 2020


February 05, 2020


Simple muesli made in an Aga range cooker!

A great tip from Ali on the 'simple breakfasts' theme! "At 5am, I measure one-third of a cup of simple muesli into a bowl, add some dried mixed spice and sultanas plus one cup of milk and put into bottom/simmering oven. Then I take my dog out for a walk - very dark and muddy at the moment! On my return an hour later there is a very welcome hot bowl of muesli porridge awaiting me 👌Simple. No need to plan the night before 😀"

February 04, 2020


Adventures in pizza at Blake and Bull HQ!

At Blake and Bull HQ we tested our heavy duty baking trays with pizza, like locusts the Blake and Bull men devoured the results, so I think it was a winner! 

Here is our top tip if you run a busy home, and need to produce a speedy supper after the children's school run, scout pick up, ballet lesson, & piano exam!!

Pop the trays in the roasting oven to pre-heat in advance. Have your pizzas ready for when you and your brood come home. On your return from being a parent taxi you can slide your supper right in and know that it will be done in minutes. 😀

We tested 4 trays. You can easily fit 4 thin crust pizzas in, just allow a few extra mins than if you were doing three or two. Four cooked nicely in 22 mins, I think 3 would be 18, 2 would be 15 and one probably only 10 or so mins.

The cast iron trays sit beautifully on the runners, and they have a lip to the front which made me feel more secure in lifting the tray in and out. Easy to look after, the baking trays need an occasional seasoning with natural flax oil, to keep them at their best.

The trays also retain heat brilliantly, so if like me you struggle to get your kids to the table because they are too busy making their room into a lego encrusted, cuddly toy covered den of disaster, the pizza will not cool quickly! Also great for more sophisticated meals when you want to serve hot and with style at the table!

Let us know how you get on! And please share any pics of your family baking successes or e-mail them to me katy@blakeandbull.co.uk

February 03, 2020


More fabulous looking Yorkshire puds!

"Only had one egg left but managed to produce these in my fab tin!!! It’s brilliant!!! 🥰" Making us hungry in the office, thanks for the pic Amanda!

Yorkshire pudding tin for use with Aga range cooker

February 03, 2020


Sourdough made in an Aga range cooker

Our cloche + our sourdough recipe = heaven! "Yesterday my husband made a loaf with homemade beer! It is so amazingly light and flavourful!" Thank you so much for this Lynne!

Sourdough made in Aga range cooker

Sourdough close up made in Aga range cooker

February 01, 2020


Blake & Bull sustainability, recycling options!

Free cat house with every order!!!

Cat in box

A Happy Household!

How nice to end the year knowing that so many of you have been able to turn off your tumblers! 
Thanks to Sarah H for sharing her rather swish kitchen with us! 
 
A two tier stage level drying rack suitable for use on aga range cookers to dry laundry on an aga range cooker
"Complete drying set  - Over the moon with my purchase of the drying set, fantastic idea and I can’t believe the efficiency and drying of clothes. Absolutely wonderful so impressed"
 
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