June means it’s officially summer, and the prospect of surprisingly brilliant British weather can only mean one thing… it’s time to throw a barbecue with your friends and family!
But, before you start warming those coals, spare a thought for those dirty grills which have been languishing in the garden shed since August 2016. Oven Pride has pulled together some top tips, on how to show your barbecue some summer loving, that will not only make your food taste better, but help maintain one of the most loved summer cooking tools around.
1. You wouldn’t cook a steak in a dirty pan, so why put your steak on the barbecue before giving it a good clean? Be sure to start off by cleaning your barbecue grates and, to make your life easier, Oven Pride’s Deep Cleaner is the perfect solution to rid your grills of stubborn burnt on food. All you need to do is put the grates in the plastic bag provided and pour half to ¾ of the cleaning solution over them. Leave these to soak for a minimum of four hours or overnight for the best results, and then rinse thoroughly with hot soapy water.
Top Tip: Cooking fresh food before cleaning grates (with old burnt on grime) will give your food a bitter flavour and could ruin your chances of hosting a perfect BBQ
2. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your barbecue too. Start off by disposing of old ashes from the bottom of the barbecue and then pour the remaining cleaning solution into the tray. Wearing gloves, use a sponge to spread the solution around the whole tray and leave for a minimum of four hours, or overnight for best results.
3. The main cleaning event might be the barbecue, but let’s not forget every barbecue’s best friends… the spatula, skewer and cooking tongs. After all, how will you flip those burgers and turn your sausages? Make sure you give all of these utensils a deep clean in hot soapy water, to rid them of old grease and burnt on food, as over time this can be hazardous and also impact the flavour of your food.
4. And lastly, “How can I maintain this level of cleanliness for the rest of the summer we hear you say?” After each use, wait until the grates are lukewarm and give them a quick clean using a grill brush and hot soapy water, this way any food residue will be easier to remove.