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Don’t forget Grill Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your Grill will help ensure a long lasting, clean, healthy Grilling Season.

Importance of a clean grill

 

It is crucial that you keep your grill clean. When you leave bits of food on the grates, they will char and burn the next time you use the grill. Apart from the fact that eating burned bits of food is bad for your health (burned foods have amino acids and chemicals they have proven increase the risk of cancer )

A dirty, greasy grill can also become a fire hazard. If you allow the grease to build up in the drip tray its only a matter of time before it will ignite and ruin your carefully grilling food.


 

Cleaning the grate:- points to remember

Porcelain coating on a grate is fragile and can easily damage. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Use a nylon scrubber whilst the grill is still warm (not hot). Clean in one direction to minimize damage to the coating.

When cleaning stainless steel or cast iron grate it is best to use a stainless steel bristle brush. Whilst the grate is warm carefully tackle each grid and remove debris. When the grate is clean apply a little vegetable oil with a clean cloth or paper towel to coat the grate. (Note don’t use too much oil )

Deep Cleaning grates:- Remove the grates from the barbecue. Soak the grates in a mixture of one cup vinegar and two cups baking soda. Place the grates and cleaning solution into a large garbage bag and soak overnight. The next day remove and rinse the grate well. Gently scrub off any food particles that may remain. This works on all types of grates but note that if it needs further scraping use only the brush mentioned earlier for the specific grate you have.

Cleaning and maintaining your Charcoal Barbecue Grill

 

  1. Always clean out the Ash:- This should take place when the ash has completely cooled. Check carefully as the ash can have hot spots even the next day. (Don’t be like a friend who emptied the ash from the previous night’s barbecue straight into a rubber refuse bin. The ashes were still hot in places and a few hours later there was a pall of black smoke with a destroyed bin melted outside his kitchen door!)

Empty all the ash out and the bowl wiped down afterward. Strangely enough, there is often moisture left in the cooled ashes which will contribute to the advancement of rust in your bowl if not cleaned regularly.

  1. Wipe the Lid:- Use a warm damp sponge or cloth to wipe off the inside of the lid. This will prevent carbon build-up from accumulating which becomes increasingly difficult over time to remove.
  2. Clean down the exterior:- wipe down the exterior of your grill with a sponge and soapy water to keep it looking like new.

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Cleaning and maintaining your gas grill.

  1. Turn off the gas supply.
  2. It’s important to check that there is no grease build-up that may affect the gas flowing through the ports.
  3. Remove the grates and give them thoroughly clean. (See tips for this above )
  4. Clean any covers on the burners. Remove metal heat tents, ceramic briquettes or lava stones that may cover the burners. Brush clean.

Use a small soft bristle brush to gently clean the burner tubes.

Have a close look at the burner tubes. Often spider webs will block the flow of gas.

 

(photo credit: grillerspot.com)

Clean the bottom of the grill and the lid. Brush of any carbon flakes that may have formed with a bristle brush or a putty knife.

Clean the grease collection tray with soap and water. Make a note to always check that the grease collection tray is clean before firing up your grill. A full grease tray can cause a fire.

Wipe down the outside of the grill to keep it looking sparkling new.

Once you follow these tips, you will be ready for the season with a safe and efficient barbecue, to grill all those new dishes you have been waiting all winter to try out!

 

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