How to Clean a George Foreman Grill

How to Clean a George Foreman Grill

Loved for their convenient size and quick cooking, George Foreman grills have become an indispensable part of many kitchens. And while the food coming out of them might give you butterflies, the cleaning part could easily suck the fun out of it. It’s not the hardest thing on the planet but it does take some time. For Foreman grills with removable plates, washes are relatively easy. If your one had non-removable platers, the cleaning will be trickier. That’s why we will be presenting multiple options on how to clean a George Foreman grill.

But before that, here are the things you should not do!

  1. Don’t use a scouring pad on it. It will scrape the non-stick coating off.
  2. Don’t submerge the whole unit in a soap water filled sink.

With that out of the way, what are the right ways to clean a George Foreman grill?

Basic and Panini Grills (Non-Removable Plates)

There are three methods to clean a Basic Grills.

  1. Unplug the grill after using it. While it is still hot, throw a ball of wet paper towel over the non-metal tongs. Carefully wipe down the surface and get as much debris and grime off the plates as possible. Once the unit has cooled, use a soft sponge dipped in mild soapy water to wipe the inside of the grill – like really wipe now. Make sure the get the edges because that’s where the fat drips and accumulates. Wipe the exterior with a wet sponge. Dry off the grill using a soft dish towel. You can try rinsing the dish tray with soap water to get it clean. Alternatively, you can put it in the dishwasher as well.
  2. For this, the plan of action starts when the grill is warm – not hot, warm. Place two to three layers of damp paper towels on the base plate. Shut the lid. The formed steam helps loosen the char and food particles.  After the grill has cooled down entirely, clean it with a soft sponge and mild soapy water. Use water and a sponge to rise it, inside and out.
  3. Line the grill with aluminum foil or parchment paper before cooking on it. The piece must be big enough to cover the base plate whilst folding over the food the safeguard the top plate. When the grill cool, throw the paper or foil away and wipe any spilled liquid or debris with a soft wet sponge.

Advanced Grills Featuring Removable Plates

These advanced grills come with removable ceramic or non-stick coated plates. You can remove the plates and submerge them in a warm soapy water mixture. The food debris loosens after they remain soaked for a while. After that, take a soft sponge to it and scrub. Rinse and leave to dry before setting them inside the grill. The drip tray can be cleaned the same way. Clean the outside with a weft soft sponge before drying with a dish towel.

Premium Grills with Interchangeable Plates

Cleaning a premium grill is quite similar to the process of cleaning advanced grills with removable plates. Either opt for the warm soapy water rinse method or the plates-into-the-dishwasher method. For stubborn grime, try loosening it with your plastic tongs.

Outdoor/Indoor Grills

Some outdoor/indoor grills feature a non-sticky coating whereas the others have a ceramic one. You can effectively clean with a sponge and warm soapy water. Rinse them off after that. 

Once the grill cools, take the grill section out of the stand (if a stand is being used) and clean it with a soft sponge dipped in mild soapy water. Next step requires a bit more caution. You have to rinse it off without wetting or submerging the electrical connection. The lid can be cleaned the same way. Make sure to protect the temperature gauge on the lid, if any.

Final Thoughts

We’ve mentioned some ways how to clean a George Foreman grill. Remember, the better you take care of your kitchen appliances, the better service they will provide – and for longer!

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