Barbecuing is a fun social activity the whole family can enjoy. Most American families congregate on a Sunday in the backyard and enjoy grilled treats for the entire family. This has been a long tradition in the West, passed on from generation to generation. However, the tools used in barbecuing sometimes don't get to enjoy being passed to another generation due to degradation, wear and tear. Barbecue owners should know how to better care for their grilling tools to ensure they last more than a lifetime.
- Clean your tools thoroughly after using. Your tools, including your barbecue grill, are most likely made of stainless steel, so they are very easy to clean. However, there may be times when you forget to thoroughly clean your tools so that grease and other elements remain even after cleaning. Check for fragments of oils or meat before storage, to make sure they don't rust or tarnish.
- Organize. Before tucking your tools away for the next barbecue session, make sure they are organized for easy access and use. You can pile them in a box neatly or use a tools organizer to efficiently separate your tools depending on their use. There are also tool bags available in the market, which you can use to store your tools in. It is important to not leave your tools lying around gathering elements in the atmosphere because this will aid in their quick deterioration.
- Keep your tools in a cool, dry place. Moisture is the number one opponent of your tools, because moisture aids in the tarnishing and rusting of metals. When your tools have started rusting or tarnishing, you will no longer be able to use them for food on account of health risks associated with damaged metals. So when you store your tools, make sure you put them in a cool, dry place; room temperature may be enough. You can put them inside cabinets or drawers, but make sure they are protected from getting wet.
- Use industry-standard cleaners. There are strong tool cleaners in the market that effectively remove residue from stainless steel tools. Your normal dishwashing soap may not be enough to eliminate some elements stuck on your tools, so you may opt to use industry-standard cleaners. These cleaners may also prevent your tools from deteriorating quickly.
- Store your tools in a low place. Barbecue tools such as pigtail flippers and tongs are fragile because they have parts that are quite susceptible to shock. Add to that the fact that heat makes metal a bit brittle, and therefore easy to break. Make sure you store your tools in a place where they won't be damaged if ever they fall to the ground.
Ensuring that your tools are stored and maintained properly can contribute to their longevity and may give you peace of mind about their safety when used for cooking your food. Don't you want your chicken barbeque to taste perfectly? Make sure you implement proper care for your tools so that you won't have to shell out a certain amount just to replace the ones that have already conked out.