Rotisseries are an easy way to make delicious meals. Although they require more storage space than other roasting methods, many people prefer rotisserie meats. However, many people are unsure about how to care for the rotisserie device. Here’s how to care for your rotisserie:
- Cover surfaces with foil when in use. Rotisserie meats can drip while they cook, so cover the drip tray with foil to facilitate easy cleanup. Once you’re done cooking, all of the drippings should be on the foil and not cooked onto the tray.
- Operate the rotisserie only on stable surfaces. Operating the rotisserie on an unstable surface could damage the device. Do not place items on top of the rotisserie while it is on, or they could melt and stick to it. Make sure that you operate the rotisserie according to the instructions in the manual.
- Clean immediately after use. Otherwise, the grease and other results of your cooking will have a chance to stick to the rotisserie parts. If you don’t want to have to use a lot of elbow grease to get them off, clean the rotisserie immediately after each and every use. Alternatively, wipe with a damp cloth to remove most of the grease, and wait until later for a full cleaning.
- Clean the rotisserie parts. Drain the grease from the drip tray, and clean the inside of the device as well as the rotisserie spit. Use any cleaning solution you like; many rotisseries come with a warning not to use oven cleaner on them. Many of today’s rotisseries are nonstick. If this is the case, care for your rotisserie simply by wiping down the inside surfaces and the spit between uses. Some rotisseries have dishwasher-safe parts; consult your manual if this may be the case, as it can make cleaning much easier.
- Store properly. Rotisseries are rather large kitchen appliances, and they should be stored out of the way when not in use. Place the spit and any other accessories in the rotisserie when it is stored to keep them from becoming damaged.
Cleaning a rotisserie may sound complicated, but the actual rotisserie device has few parts. Today, many rotisseries are even-self cleaning. Still, like the self-cleaning oven, they may occasionally need some attention too. Plus, caring for a rotisserie while it is in use is necessary no matter how you plan to clean up afterwards.