It’s almost that time of year. You know, when every invitation to dinner, lunch or just a catch up with friends, includes the quintessential Kiwi call to “bring something to throw on the barbie”.
It’s no secret that we love our barbeques. It’s a no-fuss form of entertaining and cooking and eating outside is great, but your barbeque needs regular cleaning and maintenance.
It’s best to clean your grill after each use, then residual food and grease doesn’t get a chance to build up.
But if you’ve neglected your grill this winter you’re going to want to give it a thorough clean. Here are some hints to get your barbecue ready for summer.
Remember, safety first, if you’re dealing with gas be careful and disconnect it before you get started.
You can carefully detach the gas tubes and burner and clean the tubes with warm, soapy water and towel dry.
Remove all the cooking surfaces and give them a wash with hot, soapy water.
There are heaps of products to help cut the grease but a bit of baking soda works a treat.
Wipe the burner clean with a damp cloth and towel dry the gas ports on the burner, then clean out each one with a toothpick.
You’ll need to give the body of the barbecue a good scrub too.
Follow this up with a non-soapy sponge to remove any detergent from the cooking surfaces.
Once you’re done cleaning, oil the grate to keep rust at bay.
If you notice the gas bottle is corroded, rusting or is past its 10-year certification then it’s time to recycle or refurbish it.
The guys at Powerstrip in Mt Wellington will take old gas bottles off your hands for free or they can test them, refurbish and re-certify them.
Once the hard work is done, stock the fridge with your favourite summer beverage; fill the freezer with sausages and steaks; crank up the barbie, and call it summer.