Gas Grills: How To Clean And Take Care Of Them
Cooking up some tasty grilled meals can be the perfect way to spend time with your family. Gas grills require a little effort and time on your part. In order for the grill to function properly, you will need to clean and maintain it routinely. The accumulated grease and food particles may even catch fire which can be really dangerous. Not only will it look cleaner, but the cleaning will also actually increase its longevity and ensure the food cooked by you remains flavorful. Proper maintenance will also keep the functioning of the grill safe. So, clean your grill to bid adieu to ‘leftover taste’ and say hello to safer grilling.
Here are some easy tips to help you get working on your gas grill:
Tip No. 1: Brush Your Grill Grates Before and After Use
You may already be doing this every time you start grilling but a little extra caution never hurt anybody. Take your grill brush (a must-have grilling accessory for sure!) and use a tad bit more force to remove charred meat and other chunks from your grill. We’ll suggest taking your grate out when you brush it. The extreme sides do need thorough brushing too. It is better to invest in grill brushes that have steel bristles as they are helpful to remove stubborn carrion.
Tip No. 2: Oil Your Grates to Save Time
Oiling the grates before cooking can make the task of cleaning your gas grill a lot easier. Apply some vegetable oil on your grates using paper towels or brush. Ensure you fully coat the grates to make the process easy for you.
Tip No. 3: Do Not Fall Victim to the High Heat Remedy
There is a gas grilling technique that has been going around for some time. Here the owner is supposed to turn the gas grill’s grates heat on full blast after covering it with foil. Then he’s supposed to just brush off the excess ash after about 20 to 25 minutes.
This is incorrect. It can cause a safety hazard and damage the cooking grates. The longevity of the gas grill will be deeply affected as well.
Tip No. 4: Wash the Burner Protectors
These tools help to protect the burners from grease and chunks. When any matter gets in contact with the burners, there is a high chance of clogging. They are the dirtiest component of gas grills. Just dip the burners in a bucket full of soapy water and use a sponge to give it a good scrub. The burners will be as good as new.
Tip No. 5: Remove the Grime from the Burners of Your Gas Grill
The burners tend to get covered with grime that can clog it after a period of time. This may also cause uneven temperature when grilling. A good rinse in soapy water should do the trick. If you face any trouble with taking them out, you can use a sponge to wipe the burners, too.
Tip No. 6: When Cleaning Do Not Forget to Turn off Propane and Gas
This is a very important step. Don’t forget to turn off your gas and propane supply. If they’re left on then it can cause a fire hazard which of course, we don’t want. Check whether you’ve stopped the supply then check again.
Tip No. 7: Clean the Bottom of the Gas Grill
It is the bottom part of your grill where most of the grime and char end up. You should use a brush to clean it as sponges may or may not be as useful. Take the tray out and scrape the junk from it. You can use a putty knife to remove the more stubborn food chunks.
Tip No. 8: Inspect All the Parts of Your Gas Grill
After cleaning the grates and burners, it is advisable to check whether every part of the gas grill is properly functioning. The knobs, switches and other functional buttons should all work. If not, repair or replace them, as need be. It should always be remembered that you’re working with fire at the end of the end so be careful.
We would like to add that not all the parts of your grill be completely spotless. You should aim to remove the maximum that you can. Also, use a mild detergent when cleaning the grates and burners. Just try to do this after every grilling session or every couple of months, as the need be.
Owning a gas grill has definite advantages over its charcoal counterpart. And with proper care, you will experience safer and more delicious cooking every time you use yours.