It essentially destroyed it and stripped away the non-stick coating from the grill. Her Foreman Standard Grill was scrubbed using an abrasive pad, which is NOT the proper method for cleaning a George Foreman Grill. To commence this post, I feel compelled to inform you about the incorrect ways to clean a George Foreman Grill, although there are several alternative approaches to clean it.
I advise against immersing the Basic Grills with removable plates in water. Although there are YouTube videos showing people submerging the entire grill unit in a sink filled with soap water, doing so may harm the heating components. Additionally, it is not recommended to use soapy water.
How should you clean George Foreman grills? Let’s review different types of grills by looking at the methods for cleaning all the electric grills. Not all Foreman grills are created equal.
Standard and Panini Grills with Fixed Plates
There are a few different ways to clean basic grills, and you can choose one of the three methods that will be the easiest and safest.
After enjoying your meal, allow the grill to cool down. Use a moist paper towel wrapped around non-metal tongs to clean the hot grill surfaces, making sure to avoid burning yourself. Remember to unplug the grill once you’re done using it.
You can also dry the grill with a soft dish towel. Then, wipe the outside with a wet sponge. Wipe again with a clean sponge using only water to rinse away any soap residue. Make sure to wipe the edge where any fat dripped, and once the grill is cool, take a soft sponge with mild soapy water to clean the inside of the grill.
The drip tray can be manually cleaned with soapy water and rinsed. Alternatively, it can be placed in the dishwasher.
While the grill is still warm but not very hot, place about 3 layers of damp paper towels on the bottom plate and the lid to help loosen the charred food particles. Once the grill has completely cooled down, clean it by rinsing it with just water on a soft sponge and mild soapy water.
Some food particles became loose. I quickly took out the dried paper towels. My personal experience with this method is that it turned my kitchen into a steam bath.
To prevent the accumulation of food particles on the grill plates, use a moist sponge to gently remove any debris or spilled liquid. When the grill has cooled down, simply discard the foil or paper. To protect the top plate and cover the bottom plate adequately, use parchment paper or aluminum foil that is big enough to fold over your food before cooking on the grill.
High-tech Barbecues featuring Detachable Plates
Similarly, ensure to clean the drip tray. Afterward, rinse and let the plates dry before returning them to the grill. Use a gentle sponge to scrub them. Subsequently, allow them to soak to loosen any food particles. Immersing the plates in a sink with warm soapy water is an effective method to clean the removable plates. The Advanced Grills and Panini Presses are equipped with removable plates that are either coated with non-stick material or made of ceramic.
Plates that are ceramic and coated can safely be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher. The bottom rack of the dishwasher is designed to perfectly fit the advanced grills on the plates. Additionally, the plates are removable.
To prevent the need for cleaning, these plates can also be covered with either aluminum foil or parchment paper before cooking.
Clean the outer surfaces using a damp, gentle sponge and then dry them with a kitchen towel.
High-quality Grills with Broiler and Replaceable Plates
The batter tends to get trapped in the crevices. Individuals have mentioned that specific dishes are more challenging to wash, particularly the waffle dishes. Nonetheless, a few reviewers assert that the Premium Grills can be cleaned in a similar manner as the advanced grills, either by using lukewarm soapy water or by placing the detachable dishes and drip tray in the dishwasher.
You can try using your plastic tongs to gently loosen stubborn food debris on plates that are coated with a non-stick surface. You can also run them through the dishwasher. After cooking, you can place them in a sink with warm soapy water for an hour. Before using your waffle and grill plates, make sure to coat them well with butter or oil. I have found that these are the best solutions for ensuring that your plates are properly coated.
I recommend using parchment paper to line the individual baking cups when making brownies and cornbread-like treats for pan baking. The baking pan and muffin plates are relatively easy to clean by hand with a sponge and soapy water.
Using a moistened paper towel, gently cleanse the reflector and allow the unit to cool down entirely. It is not advised to clean the upper broiler component. Nevertheless, I believe it is acceptable.
Like all grill units, clean the outside by wiping it with a damp sponge and then drying it with a towel.
Grills for Use Indoors and Outdoors
The barbecue is still warm, cautiously clean the barbecue surface with a damp paper towel held by plastic tongs initially. The most effective method is to wash them off. Both can be tidied up with mild soapy water and a sponge. While some are made of ceramic, a few of the Indoor/Outdoor grills possess a non-stick layer.
You can do the following methods with this. Rinse it well to avoid getting the electrical connection submerged or wet. Then, clean it with mild soap and water on a soft sponge and remove the grill section by using the stand (if available), after the grill cools down.
The tray can be washed by hand and immersed in soapy water. If you are not careful, cleaning it can damage the temperature gauge. The lid has the same way of being cleaned, it can be wiped.
The Standard Grills with fixed plates would be cleaned in the same manner as this grill. Bearing that in mind, several individuals confirmed that the 2 drip trays are the sole detachable components, as per certain users on a different webpage. There appears to be some ambiguity regarding the removability of the plate on the manufacturer’s site, however, the Dual-Surface Griddle & Grill (Model: GFG240X) features a high-quality ceramic surface that simplifies the cleaning process.
The drip pans are safe to be washed in the dishwasher.
The Foreman Quesadilla Maker, like the Basic Grills, lacks detachable plates. To avoid damaging the non-stick coating, it is advisable to wipe the surfaces with a damp paper towel once the unit has cooled down but is still slightly warm, as suggested by many users and reviewers.
There are sponges that are specifically designed for cleaning George Foreman grills, which have grill ridges that fit in between the sized grill plates. These sponges have a soft surface and a surface made of nylon for gentle and effective cleaning.
Additional Tips for Cleaning Your George Foreman Grill
The remains solidified and the barbecue was abandoned to rest, it seems to me that the barbecue was “destroyed” by burnt food remains in pictures of barbecues that are said to be from my personal experience, I have discovered that promptly cleaning the barbecue after using it is the wisest approach.
To ensure that food is cooked thoroughly, always remember to turn off the heat or unplug the cooking appliance as soon as you finish cooking.
I suggest wiping down the grill plates while they are still warm. Make sure to remove any food particles that you are cleaning, and keep the drip tray in its position.
Place removable plates in a sink of warm soapy water to soak, even if you plan to run them through the dishwasher.
The drain pans are easy to clean with soap and water or on the upper rack of the dishwasher.
I have found that using a small amount of butter or oil really helps with the clean-up, while still being able to cook without using fat, on ceramic surfaces and non-stick coatings.
Never use harsh chemicals or metal to clean surfaces. Always use wooden, nylon, or plastic utensils to avoid scratching the coating.
Should you get rid of these odors? Simply take 1/4 of a lemon, rub it with water from the sprayer faucet or a wet sponge, and rinse the plates clean. Does your grill smell like the food you cooked on it, especially fish?