Barbecuing is considered an art form and at the very least a satisfying pass time for many people. High end cooking tools often require special cleaning and storage depending on how they are used and the climate you live in.
If you’re an avid barbecue, here are some tips on how to clean and store barbecue tools.
Cleaning Your Barbecue Tools
Cleaning your tools regularly is essential for healthy cooking. If you don’t clean your barbecue tools on a regular basis, you can end up tainting food that you cook on your grill.
The type of cleaning required for any given tool will depend on what the tool is and what you used it for.
- Spatulas: Spatulas are typically used to cook meats so they require a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant soap after use. It’s important to clean the surface that touches the meat as well as the handle because you never know what part of the spatula came into contact with raw meat. Once the spatula has disinfectant soap on it, clean it vigorously with a rough pad or sponge to dislodge any dried on food particles.
- Grill forks: Forks are typically used for items like chicken and large slabs of beef or steak so they also need to be cleaned thoroughly with a disinfectant soap.
- Grill brush: Brushes are used for basting and usually aren’t used until meat has been thoroughly cooked. If there is any piece of grill equipment that should be cleaned immediately after use it’s the grill brush. Bristles on the brush can become caked with sauces or other food if they aren’t cleaned thoroughly and quickly. Using a common dish detergent is fine for these sorts of tools.
- Tongs: Tongs are typically used for rotating smaller items like hot dogs or sausage. These types of meats aren’t usually as dangerous in their raw form as meat. Never-the-less, tongs should also be cleaned with disinfectant soap.
The materials your grill tools are made of will also influence how you clean them. For instance if you have higher end tools with wooden handles, you won’t want to expose these materials to the high heat of a dishwasher or leave them wet for prolonged periods of time.
Most tools have some sort of stainless steel in them which is resistant to rust but you still want to be sure all moisture has been cleared off the metal before storing. Items with plastic components should also avoid being put in the dishwasher.
The materials your tools are made of are also influential on where you store them. For the most part, any tools made with metal or wood should be stored in a clean, dry, temperate location such as indoors in a kitchen. This is because wood is susceptible to extreme temperatures and can crack if left in high heat or very low cold. Metal can begin to rust if it is left in a moisture rich environment.