Through the winter months, we often neglect our outdoor equipment and furniture. When the darker nights set in and the temperatures drop, we tend to avoid our back gardens and wait until the warmer months come before we go in the again.
While we wait through the winter months though, your equipment can become unusable due to the build-up of unwanted residue. The harsh weather can bring chaos on any items left outside, especially your barbecue. If you desire to continue to grill those sausages and flip those burgers this summer, it’s best to keep on top of your barbecue. Here, we will look at the best ways to clean your cooking utensil so that it is fit and ready for action when the weather picks up.
Turn on the grill
This may sound a weird place to start, but it’s essential. Although recommended, many of us won’t thoroughly clean our equipment after each use. While the likes of our tongs and spatulas will be cleaned by hand when we pack up, the grill is sometimes left forgotten.
If can relate to this, and you’ve left your BBQ to stagnate for months, then it’s time to start the grill but without the food! By having an intense heat, this will burn off a lot of the most stubborn lingering food pieces and make it easier to rid those still clinging on.
Wipe down the grill
Once warmed up the grill and the residue have either loosened or disappeared, the next step would be to wipe the grill clean – after it’s cool enough to touch of course. With a wire-bristled brush, scrub over your grill, just as you would with your oven’s version. To avoid any damage to your equipment, it’s recommended that you use a brass-bristled brush. However, don’t fear if you don’t have one of these to hand. Simply screw up a ball of aluminum foil and use this instead.
The next task would be to get hot soapy water ready. Again, just as you would with your kitchen utensils, clean it with a dishcloth. If you find that the grime is too stubborn, it may be worth investing in some household cleaning products. Just make sure it’s specially designed for the job, otherwise you may find it’s too abrasive and toxic.
Give the grill burners and lids a clean
Once your grill starts sparkling, you’re making good progress to a germ-free appliance; the rest of equipment will be easier to clean and shouldn’t take as long. However, you still need to dust down inside your barbecue, using soapy water where necessary.
If you have a gas BBQ that has caught food in the burners, it’s best to check the manufacturer’s guide that you received when you bought it. This will tell you the best way to extract it. Make sure that no matter what is recommended, you’ve turned off your barbecue before you make an attempt.
But my BBQ has a ‘clean’ setting
Many gas barbecues, you’ll find have a self-cleaning setting. While this is a good place to start, it certainly shouldn’t replace a manual clean. Yes, it does burn off certain particles, but it’s not a substitute for regular cleaning.
Be sure to clean every cooking compartment after using it and clean the head deflectors every couple of uses. You should also plan in an annual clean and disassemble each part to give it a thorough clean. Before putting your utensil back together, allow each component the time to thoroughly dry so that dampness doesn’t affect your product when left to sit.
Keep It covered
Once you’ve finished cleaning your equipment then cover it up. Doing so will keep it in the best possible condition until you want to use it again. While it may seem like a fiddly job and is often overlooked, this will help to protect your barbecue from all the elements Mother Nature may throw at it.
You can find covers that have designed for your particular model and, although they may seem like an added cost, they will prolong the life of your BBQ. This is because it will help you to avoid any unnecessary rust from occurring.
Having said that, each barbecue is different, so it’s important follow instructions best suited to your equipment. However, by following these steps, you will be well on the way to ensuring the cleanliness of your piece and your barbecue will be ready for use when the sun makes its next appearance.