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Indoor Electric Grills - Cleaning and Care

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Indoor electric grills and grillers are wonderfully convenient, and can be used to cook great tasting, healthy food. However, depending on what you're cooking, it can get messy. So here's my list of tips and tricks that will help you keep your grill clean and by doing so, prolong it's life.

First of all there are a few safety issues that you need to take note of:

Before attempting to clean an indoor electric grill, make sure the appliance is unplugged.Never immerse an indoor electric grill in water.Keep any exposed connections or wires - even those encased in plastic or aluminium - from water. And as always, check all electrical connections regularly for frayed or damaged wires.Also, since each indoor electric grill is different, consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer for additional precautions and recommendations.One thing that you can do prior to cooking that will help later with the cleaning process is to apply some olive oil to the grill plates with a paper towel or brush before you start cooking. This will help prevent food from sticking to the grill.

And now in no particular order, a collection of hints and tips that will help you keep your grills, grillers and griddles as good as new:

Use a spatula to loosen up all the bits while it's still hot and wipe it down with a paper towel.While the grill is still slightly warm, thoroughly wipe off excess grease with dry paper towels. After the grease has been wiped away, apply a little more pressure and rub off the burned-on food. Although it might take a little force, if the nonstick finish is in good condition, even burned food will be very easy to remove from an indoor electric grill. When the mess is not easy to clean away, use a sponge and hot soapy water to dampen the surface. Allow the soapy water to soften the burned on food for at least thirty minutes, and while using pressure, wipe it away with a dry paper towel. The dry paper towel will work better than a damp rag or sponge once the burned food has softened.After using hot soapy water to clean the surface of an indoor electric grill, finish with a clean but slightly soapy dishrag. Even when an your grill cannot be submersed in water, it will be completely clean using this method. Wipe over it one last time with a clean dry paper towel, and use extra care around the protrusions and the upper and lower lip of the grill. These are areas where grease and food tend to accumulate. Finally, use a clean damp dishrag or sponge to rinse away the soap and any remaining debris. Rinse the dishrag and ring it out a few times to be sure all of the soap is gone. Otherwise, the next food prepared on the indoor electric grill will end up tasting like soap.For stubborn areas, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the area, let sit for a while. Then wipe with a non-abrasive cloth. Baking soda is non-abrasive, it will generally remove cooked on grease relatively easily and it kills germs.Do not use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on your non-stick electric grill. These items can damage the non-stick surface of the grill plates and leave behind scratches on the outside of the grill.Dip a paper towel into your dish washing liquid and place it on your griddle, use your spatula to gently rub the spot. If that doesn't work, try a bit of cooking oil...grill warmed up.If it's not a non-stick grill, clean it with vinegar and water and a paper towel.You can wash the drip tray and plastic spatula on the top rack of your dishwasher. Do not wash these items on the bottom rack of the dishwasher or they may become damaged.You can buy special George Foreman Grill sponges. These sponges cost around 5 bucks for three or four and you can get them from Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond or anywhere where you can buy the grills.Pour a small glass full of water over the grill while it is still sizzling. This spatters a bit, so close the lid after pouring the water. Then take a wet paper towel and quickly wipe the grill, both top and bottom.Sometimes drips of food and fat can seep under the grill and not all fall into the drip catcher. Solve these problems by putting a sheet of Aluminium Foil across the bottom cooking plate and spray the foil with a non-cooking spray. You can then shape the foil to hit the drip catcher eliminating the counter mess. After you're done cooking, remove the foil and wipe off the top cooking plate and that is it.After you have taken the food off the grill and while it's still hot, place a few layers of wet paper towel on the bottom surface so that it covers the whole plate and close the lid. Be sure the catching tray is under the machine since the moisture from the towel will run off. The heat from the grill causes steam to form off the wet paper towels. This steam will loosen the oils and baked-on food. After you've finished eating take the paper towel off and wipe the grill surface clean with another towel, wet cloth or sponge.

Peter Orchard

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