Barbecue is a great occasion to spend time with friends or family. It’s fun and tasty, but nobody wants to wash the skewers, grill or barbecue! But this procedure admits of no delay. Grease, dirt and smoke-black are much easier to remove immediately than delaying it until the next time, which might happen in a month or even later. Even more so, cleaning of grills, skewers and barbecue is not that hard as it may seem.
Why clean the grill?
The common truth to avoid bacteria when cooking does not seem obvious for many admirers of “fiery” meat (especially for most men). In their opinion, there is no reason to worry about bacteria on grill. And they are right: high temperature successfully copes with malignant microorganisms which could have propagated themselves in the old food remnants.
The main reasons to keep the barbecue clean are different. First of all, the accumulated burnt food remnants, fat and oil change the taste of the meat being cooked. And not only its taste! Rancid old fat and burnt food are carcinogens! After such grill, it would be better to throw the meat away than to eat it. In addition, food remnants, which have burnt stuck after the previous use of grill, interfere with turning the meat, and as a result, it burns and doesn’t smell good.
Cleaning effortlessly!
In the Internet, you can find many effective and not really effective methods to clean grills or barbecues. Most of them are universally applicable and are suitable for any types of barbecues and grills. However, are they really that simple, safe and effective as they are told about?
Red hot off the skillet
The most popular and well-known way to remove grease and soot from the grill grate is to anneal it on fire. Indeed, it is enough to anneal the grill to let the food and fat remnants gradually burn out and become friable, so that they can easily be cleaned off with the help of a wire brush. The method is rather effective indeed, but it is hardly safe. Burning your hands while cleaning a hot grill or barbecue walls is extremely easy. You can get a burn on your face or eyes, since oil residues are easily ignited when annealing. Annealing shortens the life of the grill, same as of pans and other cookware which is heated without food in it. Yes, you can clean the grill this way! But the outer and inner surfaces of barbecue shall also be clean – both for hygienic and aesthetic reasons. Unlike the relatively easy grill, they cannot be annealed on the fire.
Household chemicals
Cleaning with soda and vinegar is also pretty popular. A long and thorough rubbing the grills with burnt fat with handy chemicals will eventually remove the contamination or at least part of it. But nobody knows how many efforts and time this will consume. An important aspect: the grill shall be cleaned with soda and vinegar on “hot scents”, i.e. immediately after the picnic, or even better right after grilling. Hence, most part of rewarding experience of a luxurious outdoor recreation will be nullified.
Ammonia solution is another popular folk method to get rid of fat and soot. Ammonia dissolves fat well, but it takes time, so it is better to soak the grate in the solution over night. Preferably somewhere on a desert island, because the smell of ammonia, as we know, does not relate to the pleasant ones. And, seriously, you shall remember that inhaling ammonia vapors can cause intoxication. Therefore, handling ammonia inside residential premises is simply dangerous, especially during several hours.
Industrial means to remove fat deposits, oil and soot from the grill grates are highly effective and cope with their task well. This is due to an aggressive composition which does not spare anything:  neither contaminations, nor the grill and barbecue itself, nor even the skin of people’s hands. Apart from that, such agents are by no means always designed for grills coming into a direct contact with food.
A professional approach
Yet, there are household chemicals designed for treatment of grills and barbecues. For example, the Unicum grease remover for grills, fireplaces, stoves and barbecue quickly and efficiently copes with all types of contamination, removes soot, carbon deposits, fat and oil residues. The agent composition is safe. The handy pulverizer perfectly spreads the agent all over the surface and ensures its economical consumption. Another important thing is that Unicum grease remover perfectly acts even on a cold surface. Thus, there is no need to anneal the grate or barbecue, and the cleaning process is safe and quick.
Instantly clean – this is what the manufacturers of this agent say.
Life hacks:
It goes without saying that it’s better to clean the grille immediately (it is permissible to do it the next day). But what if the grates and barbecue haven’t been timely cleaned for some reason, and grease turned into a fatty plaque? Spray the grills with the Unicum agent and put them into a plastic bag for an hour. The foil will prevent evaporation of the active components of the agent, and they will dissolve old grease quickly and without any problem.
To prevent contamination of the grills and sticking of food to it, before use, it is recommended to wipe clean grill with a napkin moistened with oil and then heat it. Food shall come into contact with the preheated grill.
Cleanliness not only for barbecues
Fireplaces gain an increasing popularity nowadays. A hearth with flaming wood is no longer considered a luxury, and many people have this source of warmth and home coziness in their cottages. You can watch the fire and listen the logs crackle forever, especially in a rainy evening or winter frost. But fireplace also requires timely and proper maintenance –  the fireplace itself, its grate, tiles and protective glass shall be regularly cleaned from smoke-black and carbon deposits. Many people use ashes to clean the glass. It can really help achieve cleanliness and luster, but at the same time, there is a high chance to scratch the glass. In addition, ash makes everything dusty and creates a mess around. Again, a handy and safe alternative will be Unicum grease remover for grills and fireplaces. It will remove smoke-black and contaminations not only from the protective glass, with no scratches and no streaks, but also tiles around the hearth and the grill.
Life hack: To reduce smoke-black in the fireplace, use dry logs, except for conifer, and never cook in the fireplace.