3 Simple Steps to Clean Your Grill Quickly
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Want to know how to clean a grill fast and prevent food from sticking to it? Of course, you do. If you have ever grilled, you know the feeling when your grilled food sticks to the grate. The result is a mess, and can ruin the appearance of your food.  However, knowing a few tips, you can forget about food sticking to the grill once and for all.  Here are some suggestions from our friends at Home Dweller.

These recommendations are surprisingly simple and there are only three. Your grill must be:

  • clean – food gets stuck to a dirty grill. So, clean your grill before each use.
  • hot – the grate should be well warmed up before you put food on it.
  • oiled – a small layer of vegetable oil will make it easier to remove food from a grill.

All three stages can be completed in just a few minutes.

Step 1 

Before you start grilling, you need to clean it well. You will need:

  • vegetable oil
  • paper towels
  • grill brush
  • long pliers

Step 2 

Heat your grill. The easiest way to clean a grill is to heat it. The crusted food that remains on the grate will blacken and turn into ashes. The high temperature makes it easier to clean as the charred pieces of food are scraped off easier. Use a grill brush to remove any residual burned food from a grill. This brush quickly cleans your grill grate in seconds. 

Useful lifehack: if you don’t have a grill brush, you can make one yourself. This requires pliers (preferably long) and a crumpled piece of aluminum foil. Hold the foil ball with pliers and your DIY grill brush is ready! 

Step 3 

Lubricate the grate with oil. Crumple a paper towel and hold it with pliers. Pour some oil into a cup and soak the paper ball in it. The paper needs to be soaked in oil, but it should not drip from it. If the oil drips on a hot grill, it may burst into flames. So be careful! 

Quickly (so that the paper towel does not catch fire) slide an oil-soaked paper ball over the grill grate. This will make it shiny. The oil on the grill will also provide a nonstick coating, so the food you are going to cook will not stick.

Useful lifehack: once the food has been placed on a well-heated grill, do not try to flip it too soon. Allow a small crust to form. If you start flipping it too early, it won’t leave the grill that well. However, if your grill hasn’t been cleaned before cooking and remains dirty, your food will still stick to the grate no matter what you do.