How to Clean a Cast Iron Grill

Learn how to clean a cast iron grill. Cast iron is the type of cookware that cooks cleanly and also cleans up easily. A cast iron grill can be placed directly over two burners on the kitchen stovetop or directly on the outdoor grill. Either way, you'll soon discover what a joy cast iron is to cook or grill with. The one issue that may cause concern is the weight of a cast iron grill. Cast iron is very heavy. Once you have placed your griddle on the stove, don't move it until it has cooled sufficiently.

How to Season a Cast Iron Grill
When you first purchase a cast iron grill, it's imperative that you season it immediately before using it for the first time. Seasoning the cast iron grill now, will save you a load of work down the road. After a few years of wear and tear, your cast iron grill will have formed the wonderful black patina that all well seasoned cast iron pans eventually form. To season a brand new cast iron grill, wash it in hot soapy water, using a soft cloth. Do not now or ever use a scrubber on your cast iron grill-unless it rusts-and never again wash it in hot soapy water.

  • After washing the grill, rinse it with hot water and then use a dish towel to immediately dry the grill.
  • To make sure every drop of water has been removed, use a handheld hair dryer and dry the grill on both sides.
  • After you have completely dried the grill, it will need to be seasoned. To season a cast iron grill you'll need a generous amount of vegetable oil. Coat the entire pan-inside and out.
  • Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the pan is covered in vegetable oil, place an oven pan into the oven on the bottom shelf and then place the grill, upside down, on the top shelf. Any excess oil will then drip into the oven pan.
  • Leave the grill in the oven for about a half hour. As the oil burns off, the oven may smoke. Do not be alarmed. It will only last for a few minutes.
  • Shut the oven off, but leave the grill in the oven until the cast iron has cooled.
  • Wipe any excess vegetable oil off the grill and store it in a dry place until you're ready to use it.

How to Clean a Cast Iron Grill
Now that your cast iron grill has been seasoned, it's ready to be used. Use the grill according to the manufacturer's directions. Each time the cast iron grill is used it must be cleaned. Allowing food to be stored on it or to sit on the grill can cause pits to form in the cast iron, which can ruin the surface.

Because a cast iron grill is porous, soap can leach into the grill and taint food. Following your first cleaning, the grill should never be washed directly with either dish soap or any abrasive soap. Instead follow the directions below.

  • Allow the cast iron grill to cool completely.
  • Hold the grill under running water and swish a dishcloth over the pan and through the indentations of the grill.
  • If there are stubborn food particles, use salt, warm water and a dishcloth to carefully buff the grill.
  • If scratches or scuffs result from your washing efforts, the pan may need to be reseasoned.
  • Additionally, if rust forms on the grill, it will need to be cleaned and seasoned a second time. Use a stiff brush and a bottle of Coke to remove rust stains. Once the rust has been removed, season the grill a second time.

With proper use, a cast iron grill will hold up wonderfully.

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