Today we are going to take a look at the best ways to care for your new barbecue mats.
What are they?
Granted, a grill mat doesn’t look like much, but appearances can be deceiving. It really is like having an expensive non-stick pan that you can roll up. That’s essentially what they are, but they’re even better, because you can use both sides. Obviously you can’t do that with a non-stick pan. BBQ mats require the same care as any other high-end nonstick cookware. A chef’s cookware will still look like new after years of use, and so will her rugs, if she learns to use and maintain them properly.
Step by Step
First, take them out of the box and wash them thoroughly with soap and water to remove any manufacturing and packaging residue. Never use abrasives of any kind to clean the mats. Avoid scouring pads and powdered cleansers. Use only water, liquid soap and a soft cloth. After washing, rinse well and wipe off excess water with a dry cloth. Let them dry, until all the moisture has disappeared from the surface. You can use your dishwasher if you prefer – the grill mats are dishwasher safe, but use the top rack only.
use them correctly
After washing and drying your new barbecue mats, you are almost ready to use them. However, you will need some specific tools first to use them effectively and not damage them. The techniques used are a bit different than when working directly on the grill.
Never use metal tools on mats. Every time metal comes in contact with a nonstick surface, it leaves behind scratches that build up over time and deteriorate the integrity of the cooktop. The best tools to use are a set of silicone-tipped tweezers and a hard plastic putty knife, so make sure you get these before you start using the mats. You can find them in any copper grill mats made in usa store that offers kitchen implements. You will also need a can of your favorite cooking spray.
I realize a lot of online ads for grill mats say you don’t need to use oil, but grill mats behave the same as Teflon™ cookware and oil makes it easier to handle food , eliminates adhesion and facilitates cleaning. So be sure to use oil.
You will use a two-handed technique to handle the food on the mats. Use one tool to anchor the mat and hold it in place while you use the other to flip, turn or move the food. Grilling is a breeze with grill mats because food doesn’t fall through the grill and you won’t have to struggle with those pesky foods like fish that usually stick to the grill.
When you’re done cooking on the barbecue mats, the simplicity of cleanup varies depending on what you’ve been grilling. For many items, you will only need to clean the mats. If you’ve been cooking sauces or fish, and didn’t use oil, you’ll need to soak them for a while before cleaning. Alternatively, just run the dishwasher. Keep your grill mats rolled up and stored in the box they came in to protect them from scratches. Happy BBQ!