Monday, December 14, 2009

Treat Cast Iron Grills

Regular cleaning and curing will keep your cast iron grill in tip-top shape.

Cast iron is a highly valued cooking surface due to its high heat retention and even heat distribution. Many gas and charcoal grills have cast iron grates, which are ideal for searing and cooking food. Cast iron does require special care and maintenance to avoid rusting and degradation. The keys to treating your cast iron grill are regular cleaning and seasoning -- or curing -- with high heat and vegetable oil. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Turn on your gas grill to high or start your charcoal grill fire to heat the cast iron grates.

2. Use a stiff wire brush to scrape and scrub any charred food residue and rust that has accumulated on the grates.

3. Apply vegetable oil to the hot grates by draping an oil soaked rag over your wire brush and rubbing along them.

4. Allow the grill to heat and absorb the oil before placing any food on it.

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