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Let’s say you’ve just bought a new grill and you’re eager to get cooking. Perhaps you’re a total beginner to the world of grilling and you’re not even sure what it means to season your grill. Or, maybe you’re a pro in the kitchen looking for some new tips. No matter your skill level, we’re here to help.
If you’re a proud grill owner, you already know that there’s nothing more important than keeping your grill performing its best. Here are some simple tips and tricks that make the process a lot easier and more convenient.
For those of you venturing into the world of grilling for the very first time, let me break it down for you. Seasoning a grill is essentially warming and oiling the cooking surface to make sure it’s as clean and useful as possible.
If you don’t oil your grill, there’s a serious risk of rusting. The more the grill rusts, the more ineffective and prone to breakdown or collapse it becomes. Oiling your grill makes it a lot easier to clean and maintain in the long run. If you take care of your grill properly, its lifespan will be maximized — it could last you for many, many years.
If you fail to season your grill before ever cooking anything on it, you run the risk of allowing factory chemicals into your food. There may still be some paint, metal, dust, or other miscellaneous materials stuck to the surface from the manufacturing and shipping process. Oiling your grill helps to sterilize it right off the bat.
Continuously seasoning your grill is also highly recommended because the grates become sticky over time from absorbing fats and oils. This makes the process of removing your food from the grill a little harder.
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All new grills could benefit from a hearty seasoning. Here is a solid breakdown of the steps for a perfect grill seasoning.
Here’s a question you might have: Do I season my grill after each and every use?
Answer: it depends on the type of grill that you have.
If you have a grill with a cast-iron or stainless steel grate, it’s smart to season your grill before and after use. The same goes for grills with emitter plates. They have to be taken care of properly or you risk excessive rusting. It’s crucial to extend the life and health of your grill to continue to produce high-quality food.
Note: if you have a grill with a porcelain grate, you don’t have to worry about seasoning them ar all. It’s not required.There you have it — all of the most helpful tips and tricks to assist you in dealing with your grill. Now get cookin’!