Cleaning George Foreman Electric Grill
There are several methods for keeping a George Foreman Grill sanitary. But before I get into the proper way to clean a George Foreman Grill, I feel required to share the wrong way.
In order to clean Foreman Basic Grill, a member of the family recently resorted to using a scouring pad. The grill was essentially destroyed after she scraped the non-stick coating off of it.
Furthermore, you shouldn’t try to clean your grill by soaking the whole thing in a sink full of soapy water. There’s a risk that this will wreck the heating elements.
Videos of individuals washing their Basic Grills may be found on YouTube. Except for plates that can be removed, I wouldn’t advise doing it.
Fixed-Plate Grilling Methods for the Typical and Panini Grills
In order to keep your Basic Grills looking their best, you may do a number of things.
Choose one of the three approaches that are the safest and most convenient for you.
- Unplug the grill following use. Put a ball of wet paper towel in your nonmetal tongs and grab the object while it is still hot. Wipe the hot grill surfaces to remove as much filth and debris as possible, taking care not to be burned. This method is effective for getting between the ridges. Indulge in your food as the grill cools.
- After the grill has cooled, use a soft sponge moistened with mild soapy water to thoroughly wipe the interior, paying special attention to any dripping fat. Re-wipe the surface with a clean sponge using simply water to remove any soap residue. Use a moist sponge to wipe off the exterior. A dishcloth will also do the trick.
- Hand washing the drip tray with soapy water and hot water to rinse works just fine. Alternatively, it can be placed in a dishwasher.
- Use three layers of damp paper towels to cover the bottom heating plate of the grill. Steam helps dislodge food and char. Clean the grill with water, soap, and a soft sponge when it’s cooled. Inside and out, sponge with water.
- Line the grill with parchment paper or aluminum foil before cooking. You will require a piece large enough to cover the bottom plate and shield the food on the upper plate. This prevents food particles from collecting on the grill plates. When the grill has cooled, discard the foil or paper and use a soft moist sponge to remove any debris or liquid that may have dripped onto the plates.
High-End Grills that Can Broil and Have Swappable Cooking Grids
You may clean the removable plates and drip trays on the premium versions in the dishwasher or with warm soapy water, just like the high-end grills. Some reviewers, however, have complained that the waffle plates in particular are a pain to clean. Users have complained that batter gets caught in the ridges.
My recommendation is to grease or butter your grill or waffle maker plates thoroughly before using them. After cooking, soak them for an hour in warm, soapy water.
Then load the dishwasher. Plastic tongs can be used to dislodge any stubborn bits of food. To avoid scratching the non-stick coating, please handle the plates with care.
Using soapy water and a soft sponge, you can easily clean the griddle plates, muffin cup plates, and baking pan. For the best results, line the muffin tin with paper baking cups and the pan with parchment paper when baking cakes, bars, or slices of bread.
Dual Surface Griddle and Grill
A quality ceramic surface on the Dual-Surface Griddle & Grill facilitates cleanup. However, the manufacturer’s website isn’t really clear on whether or not the plate may be removed. So, I contacted some folks on another resource, and they all confirmed that the only parts that come off are the two drip trays. To that end, you’d clean it in the same way as the Basic Grills with fixed plates.
The top broiler element should not be cleaned. Still, I don’t see any harm in waiting until the device has cooled down before wiping the reflector clean with a damp paper towel.
The outside can be cleaned in the same way as the other grill units with a gentle wet sponge and a cloth.
A dishwasher provides a convenient place to clean drip pans.
Tips for Keeping Your George Foreman Grill Spotless
I have found that cleaning the grill immediately after use is the most prudent course of action. When I see images of grills allegedly “ruined” by burned food particles, it looks like the grill was allowed to set and the debris hardened.
- If you leave food on the grill after it’s done cooking, it will overcook and get hard if you forget to unplug or turn off the grill.
- Grill plates are easiest to clean when still hot. Don’t remove the drip tray until you’re done wiping up the remaining food debris.
- Even if you intend to use the dishwasher, soak detachable plates in a sink filled with warm, soapy water.
- The drip trays can be cleaned with soap and water, or by placing them on the top rack of a dishwasher
- While non-stick coatings and ceramic surfaces promise the ability to cook without fat, I’ve discovered that a small amount of cooking oil or butter really facilitates cleanup.
- Do not attempt to clean the grill with any kind of metal or harsh chemicals. To avoid scratching the coating, use plastic, nylon, or wood utensils.
- Does your grill smell like the food you’ve prepared on it, particularly fish? Brush plates with a quarter lemon and rinse with a sponge or faucet sprayer. This eliminates odors.
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