How to Clean a Cast Iron Grill with Kosher Salt and Paper Towels. Who knew? The kosher salt acts as an abrasive agent to rid your grill of stuck-on food. This effective cleaning method will turn your cast iron grill from looking gritty and gross to looking brand spanking new.
Cleaning a cast iron grill can seem overwhelming, a bit of a burden, and worrisome. I get it… trust me. If you’ve ever experienced those feelings when it came to using your cast iron grill, I hope that changes after reading this post.
Today, I’m sharing a simple cleaning method that has made me fall in love with my cast iron grill. Once I adopted the method of using kosher salt and paper towels to clean the grill grates. It was on from there. I didn’t feel intimated when I would pull from the cabinet or when my family requested grilled chicken or shrimp. This was huge for me, for one, I had this cast iron cookware and secondly, I wanted to reap the benefits of cooking with cast iron.
I was finally motivated to put those negative feeling behind me and learn a quick and sure fire way of getting my cast iron grill clean while not feeling like it was a chore to use.
HOW TO CLEAN A CAST IRON GRILL WITH KOSHER SALT
1. After Use
- When your cast iron grill has cooled, place it near the sink on top of a surface so you do not scratch your counter top (i.e. non-slip trivets, a thick towel, or other surface to prevent your counter top from getting ruined). I use non-slip trivets)
2. Clean Grill Grates
- Sprinkle a GENEROUS amount of kosher salt over the surface of the cast iron grill
- Using paper towel(s), scrub the salt within each grate (getting in-between the ridges and along the sides)
3. Rinse with hot water
- Place your cast iron grill in the sink in the upright position and rinse away any particles using hot water
- You can also clean with mild soap detergent then hot water
- If necessary repeat the process by adding more kosher salt and rinsing until the cleanliness meets your satisfaction
4. Dry grill grates
- Dry with a clean dish cloth, paper towel, or place on stove top over low heat to dry
5. Season grill grates
- Use grapeseed oil, extra virgin olive oil, or vegetable oil to season grill
6. Heat the seasoned grill
- Place grill on top of stove over low heat for approximately 5 minutes
7. Store grill
- When grill has cooled completely, store in cabinet or other dry area
NOTE: YOU MAY NEED TO USE SOME MUSCLE DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF STUCK ON FOOD
So, you’ve gone through the process of cleaning your cast iron grill… now what?
This next step is very crucial which is the seasoning component.
HOW TO SEASON A CAST IRON GRILL OR SKILLET
To season your cast iron grill, follow these simple steps:
- Clean your cast iron grill as stated above
- Dry thoroughly
- Lightly drizzle a thin layer of grapeseed oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil onto the grill and gently rub oil over the grill grates using a paper towel or your fingers
- Place cast iron grill on stove top over low heat for about 5 minutes
- Allow cast iron to cool completely and store
DO YOU HAVE TO SEASON A CAST IRON GRILL OR SKILLET AFTER EACH USE
Yes, it is important to season a cast iron grill or skillet after each use.
Seasoning your cast iron grill or skillet after each use will prevent it from rusting, will keep is looking new. With proper cleaning and seasoning, your cast iron grill will last forever.
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