Grilling for the Whole Year in Chicago and Skokie

Why does meat cooked on a Chicago and Skokie grill just tastes better? Maybe it’s the natural exterior air, or maybe it’s the know-how of the innumerable diverse cooking techniques, or just maybe it’s having no mess in the kitchen? Whatever your idea is for grilling, cooking outside is a lot more than just grilling anymore!

In the summer months we tend to grill more regularly. July is National Grilling Month and a great time to take stock of all the brands of grills possible at Crafty Beaver. On the other hand if you are looking for a brand-new grill, it’s still a great time to understand what it takes to preserve your grill and keep it in good shape for the rest of the summer.

Renew Your Grill

So you’ve invested in a nice grill and why would you not want to spend a a lot of time to maintain your grill by ensuring it stays clean? Grates can be cleaned thoroughly after every use. At the end of the day, who wants to cook on a crummy grill? There are a large amount of products on the market for cleaning your grate, but actually any relatively clean grill brush will help – soft bristle or nylon brushes will work too. If you would like to use a stainless steel or brass wire brush, verify that it is acceptable to put into action on your grill grates by the manufacturer before using it on your grill.

Spruce Up Your Grill While It's Still Sizzling

Cleaning is best done sooner than later after you grill, since the grill is hot. With other contrasting types of grates like porcelain, stainless steel, cast iron, coated steel or other types, it’s best to get it hot then wash it. Once your grill has cooled after grilling, but is still a little warm, take your brush and wash off any leftover food particles. If you choose to wash the grates before you arrange to grill, then pre-heat the grill to a high heat of 500 degrees then scrub the grates with the brands -preferred bristle grade brush. After cleaning, the heat can be regulated to a cooking temperature as recommended in your recipe. 


Deep Clean Your Grill At Least Once a Year

When it’s warm out, you should do a good cleaning to your grill.This could help keep your grill nice for months and years to come. If it’s a gas/propane grill, disconnect the gas line and then take apart the grill parts layer by layer. When you get down to the burner, make sure to check it thoroughly. If you can clean it, do so, if it’s too dirty to clean, then replace it. If your grill has to use lava rocks or ceramic briquettes double-check that these are not coated with cooked on foods. If they are coated with cooked food, buy a fresh new bag to replace them. Grill parts are available at Crafty Beaver  so stop in or call to determine what we have in-stock for your grill.

Purchase a Grill Cover to Preserve it

Keep the like-new appearance of your grill by putting a cover on it! The cover will not only save the grill from the rain but will keep mold and other gunk off the grill. Find a good quality grill cover. Explore a grill cover with a felt liner and made with an exceptionally thick vinyl to hold off the rain. A cover is not necessary but may help and keep the grills durability especially if there are sections that may rust in the precipitation.

Crafty Beaver Is Here to Help

For a full care and maintenance of your individual Chicago and Skokie grill, we recommend to always refer to your grill brand’s manual. If you have a question on washing and/or keeping up, or are looking for rehab pieces for your charcoal grill, gas grill or other type of grill, touch base with Crafty Beaver grilling department or drive on over to Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie and we will be glad to help!

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