Give your electric grill a longer life
Electric grills - including outdoor & indoor, portable and tabletop - provide years of reliable service. Like any appliance, it needs a certain amount of care and maintenance to ensure smooth operation and clean cooking.
Normal cleaning is important
Outdoor electric grills don't require nearly as much maintenance as a gas or charcoal. Gas and charcoal leave accumulating soot and food byproducts that must be removed. This model needs only periodic cleaning.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when cleaning a George Foreman:
When cleaning the outer surface, use mild dishwashing detergent or baking soda. For stubborn stains, use a citrus-based degreaser and a nylon scrubbing brush. Rinse the unit with clean water. Make sure the grill is completely dry before using.
One component that will get a workout is the unit's grease cup. It should be emptied after each use and washed either by hand or in a dishwasher.
Other products help keep your grill clean
There are aerosol spray products available to help resolve carbon buildup issues. Simply spray the remover and wipe off the debris. Liquid carbon-removal products also can be used against accumulating grease.
For cleaning of a stainless steel model, a tool named Grillfloss can clean areas that a regular barbecue brush can't. With a dual-sized cleaning head, the Grillfloss effectively removes leftover food with a simple push, pull, and turn. The tool can even be used while cooking.
It's a good idea to spray the grate with cooking oil after it has been cleaned. Just make sure the surface is completely cool to ensure the oil won't ignite. For outdoor models, consider a grill cover that will protect it from the elements.
Looking for an inexpensive method for grate cleaning? Try aluminum foil. Gently rubbing rolled-up foil over the surface will produce surprising results.