Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tip: To clean or not to clean? That is the question.


Do you scrub your grill clean with soap and water after or before you grill out?  According to research, you don't have to clean it up with lots of soap and water.  If you scrub the grill with a wire brush and then heat the grill to a high temperature, you will kill all the bacteria that is lingering there.

My husband has been saying that for years, but don't tell him he was right.  It will be our little secret. 

Check back on Friday when I post my 
Grilled Orange Chicken recipe.


40 comments:

  1. ah, we wish we had a grill to clean... :)

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  2. Really, wow thanks for telling us. Have a nice day!

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  3. After I light it, I turn it to high for a few minutes to burn off anything left from the time before. Then I wire brush it. Then I turn it down to my cooking temperature. When my food is done cooking, I just turn it off. Because I know the first thing I'm going to do next time is turn it on high and burn off anything that's left. That's my system and it seems to work fine.

    I know the grill manufacturers say to burn it off at the end instead of at the beginning. But that risks accidentally forgetting to turn the grill off, which is costly and dangerous. And, in fact, having forgotten more than once is why I started doing it the way I do.

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  4. Good..that's exactly what I do!!! :)

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  5. I am a wire scrubber...I always thought of it like a cast iron skillet...all that stuff is just seasoning ;)

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  6. We have a charcoal grill and that's what we do. Heat, brush, heat, grill! I do the grilling, but my husband can set up the charcoal chimney and light it! :D

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  7. I'm not telling! Does he read your blog? ;) The grill is not my territory but, I know all ours gets is the high heat burn-off with a brushing now and then.

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  8. I don't think we've ever used soap and water on our grill! We just dry scrape and scrub!

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  9. It is often easier to clean the grill when the racks are still warm. I use a stiff wire brush to clean mine. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. As a "guy", I hate to clean...but half the dirt is mine(at least half) so I help.
    My first love is Jesus…then my wife of 45 years…then cooking. I really enjoyed looking over you blog. I am now a follower of yours. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become a follower of my blog as well.

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  11. Researchers think they know everything...and in this case their right.
    Thanks for the visit and the gracious comment you left.
    I'll be back!!!

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  12. We just bought a new grill a month ago. It's pretty nifty in that it has a "self-clean" feature. When we're done grilling we turn the knob to "self-clean". It heats up the grill and turns itself off when its finished. Then we use the grill brush to scrape off the ashes. Now that I think about it, we could do just what you suggested and could've saved the money we paid for the "self-cleaner". Oh well, it's ours now and I really do love it!

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  13. husbands know everything...haha....thanks for sharing the secret....such a useful tip as its summer bbq time

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  14. Thank heavens! That's exactly what I do!!!

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  15. Do not tell my husband this! I am always telling him he needs to clean his grill! He says turning the heat up and scraping it is fine :)

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  16. HAHAHAH!! i hate it when my husband is right...

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  17. So glad to read this, since I've been doing it for years.

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  18. LOL! I don't own a grill, but if i do own, i think mine will still be sparkling clean and shiny..lol..cos my husband who is obsessed with everything clean..will be scrubbing it out for sure!

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  19. perfect. That's what my husband always does! Good to know it's working. =)

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  20. I was going to say exactly what "David" said. That's exactly how I do it. I use soap and water to wash down the cooktop and the lid, handle, etc that can get dirty, but not the grill itself.

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  21. Now I know why my husband insists that he clean the grill - acting as though it is a big chore. Thanks, I am on to him now.

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  22. Tee hee... they've got to be right sometime you know. :) Hubby usually heats and scrapes after he grills- sometimes power-washes (no soap) if it gets particularly bad.

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  23. What a relief! I've never cleaned my grill...only scraped it. Hooray for no bacteria:) Thanks or the tip

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  24. Somehow, not starting cooking with an absolutely gleaming grill doesn't seem right. I always clean and scrub it spotless, unless my OH gets to it first, in which case the fresh food just gets put on the grill as it was. So far we have not been poisoned.

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  25. Hi Linda,
    I'm a new follower here. Thanks for visiting my blog today.
    I just bought a new grill a month or so ago. We used to do the burn and scrape thing. Not this time, my husband scrubs the grates in a special bucket he bought just for that job!! Oh well--the grill still looks almost new!!

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  26. That is exactly what I did tonight, turned it on and scrubber with a wire brush. I would probably never clean it with soap and water!!

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  27. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings, Lloyd

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  28. I do scrub it with that kind of brush, but I always wonder if it's clean enough. Good to know!

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  29. Scrubbing with the wire brush is so much easier than the soap and water, right? This is good news! Thanks for finding my blog. Nice to meet ya!

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  30. Scrubbing the grill with a wire brush is so much easier than soap and water, right? Good News! So happy you found my blog. Nice to meet ya!

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  31. Thanks for opting to "follow" me. You have a wonderful blog. I read about you and this is so cool. I have a collection of BH&G cookbooks from way, way back... as in I think one of the first ones published.
    I'll be back.. often!
    Have a great day.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  32. Well, I am glad that I have been doing it the right way. Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. To tell you the truth - (and thanks for visiting and following my blog) - my husband does the grilling. I think he does that - (As I never see him wash them) - the key word I see - is bacteria - never thought of it. So thank you!

    Can't wait until the chicken orange recipe!

    sandie

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  34. Hee! Your secret is safe with me. Hubby's been doing that for years and I just turn my back and accept that he knows what he's doing.

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  35. My husband is in charge of the grill and I never see him cleaning it but he does turn it on for quite a while before he puts the food on. I am going to have to go take a peak tonight...I'm a little scared!

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  36. I never once thought of using soap and water on it, so I'm glad to hear it's not necessary.

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  37. I use cast iron grates so I treat them like a cast iron skillet. I have them so nicely seasoned now I'd be devastated if someone cleaned them for me!

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