Summer is finally here and, with warmer temperatures, cooking outside is probably in your weekend plans!
Just as kitchen safety is vital inside your home, outside cooking also means being aware of safety issues and keeping your family safe this summer.
Did you know that a common wire grill brush could be putting your family’s health in jeopardy?
As grill brushes age, the bristles can break off and get stuck on your grill grates. These bristles can transfer from the grates onto your food and ingesting them can be hazardous to your health.
To avoid this hazard, we are going to learn how to safely clean your grill without using a grill brush. It’s important to clean your grill grates after each use. Otherwise, a grimy buildup will form, and that not only affects the taste of your food, but it could also cause your grill parts to corrode and rust, leading to costly repairs. Plus, the more buildup caked on your grates, the harder it is to clean them. Here are some simple, and safe, solutions for quick and easy grill cleanup.
Use Aluminum Foil
A great way to safely remove food particles from your grill is by using aluminum foil.
Take a medium-sized sheet of aluminum foil and press it into a ball. Heat up your grill and use a pair of tongs to move the foil back and forth on the grill grates.
This will easily remove any debris and make your grill look new again! Simply toss the foil in the trash when you’re done.
Use Olive Oil
Another way to get rid of some light debris from your grill is by using olive oil.
Lightly soak a paper towel in olive oil and move it around the grill grates after you have finished cooking. Make sure you do this when the grill is still warm.
This will remove food particles and help protect the grates until your next BBQ.
Other cooking oils can be used but we find that olive oil does the best job, plus it’s healthy.
Bring The Grates Inside
If you have a really messy grill, then you might want to bring the grill grates inside for deep cleaning.
Place the grates in the sink and fill it with a good dish soap that contains a degreaser. Next, scrub the grates with a steel-wool pad to get rid of the burnt food particles.
Make sure you rinse the grates properly before letting them dry.
You may also want to coat the grates with olive oil after you wash them to help keep them from rusting.
Use A Wooden Grill Scraper
Instead of using a brush to keep your grill clean, why not use a wooden scraper? There are several different types of wooden grill scrapers on the market that are very effective.
These scrapers are eco-friendly and durable. Wood grill scrapers are easy to use and they can last a long time, making them well worth the money.
These are a few ways to safely clean your grill. So if you have one of those old metal grill brushes lying around, make sure to toss it in the trash.
This will help protect you and your family while enjoying a great meal on the grill!