Whenever you want to buy an electric skillet, you have to research various types of skillets. Once you decide on the one that you require, you order on Amazon or even buy from your departmental store. Hardly will you bother enquiring how you can clean it. Wait until you are about to use, and you have no idea what you require to clean it. In this article, you will learn an easy way of cleaning your electric skillet. Read more below.
Steps of Cleaning
Washing your electric skillet while it’s still connected can be dangerous. It can also cause damage to your skillet. So before attempting anything, unplug the cable of your skillet from the socket.
Drain Off The Grease
If you have a non- immersive skillet, you can save some energy and time by first pouring out any extra cooking oil. Consider pouring it in a bowl to reuse it later or in the disposable container if you want to discard it.
Clean Off Food Residues
If your skillet has any food residue, you need to wipe them either with a soft wet cloth or even a dishcloth. Since the non-stick surface of your pan can easily get ruined by abrasive material, avoid using steel wool or even metal scrubber.
Mix Soapy Water
You require some hot water and soap. Your skillet may come with a soap designed to wash it. Check the manual of how you are supposed to mix it with water. Put the water in the bowl or bucket and put the soap in the right proportion. Once you are through, place your skillet in the water without exposing the connector to the water.
Clean the skillet
Scrub the interior part gently using a sponge or dishcloth. It can be hard removing stuck food with the sponge. For that reason, take a nylon scrubber and clean the interior in a circular motion. Within a short time, there will be no sticking food particles on your skillet. You can use hot or warm soapy water to rinse the interior. Leave it on a paper towel.
So how do you clean the dirty exterior? Take the non-abrasive scrubber that you used to clean the interior. Wash it first before using it to scrub the exterior. Dip the scrubber in the water more frequently. To ensure that your skillet gets enough soap as you continue scrubbing. Clean your skillet until it becomes shiny. Use a sponge to rinse it in warm soapy water. Wash the sponge once you are through. Ensure that the connector doesn’t come into contact with the water.
Clean With Baking Soda
If your skillet has grease build-up, use baking soda to clean it. It’s an excellent method that can’t harm your skillet and remove any kind of stain in your skillet.
Pour some baking soda on your skillet and add some water. Make a paste and apply it to the stained areas and give it time. Use a non-abrasive pad to scrub the paste. Use a dishcloth to wipe your skillet.
How will you deal with the discoloration due to heat contact? Scrubbing, it could be quite tricky. The best option would be to use a powdered cleanser that has no bleach or chlorine. Apply a thin layer of powdered cleanser on your skillet and use a sponge pad to scrub it using a circular motion. Rinse it with a dishcloth and some warm soapy water.
Clean the Connector
After cleaning the skillet; you can’t leave your connector dirty. Take a sponge, dip in soapy water, and wipe the connector. No water should enter in your connector since it will ruin essential parts. Use a toothpick to remove any debris or grease that is inside the connector. Don’t forget to clean the connector cord too.
Clean The Lid
After frying with the skillet, you expect the lid to get dirty. If you have a dishwasher, it is easy to clean it since its dishwasher safe. You can also decide to clean it manually by washing it with a sponge and warm water.
Once your skillet is spackling clean, you need to dry it using a small towel. Don’t forget to dry the connector and the lid. Once the skillet is dry, put the connector back. You can use it or else keep it well until the next time you require to use it.
Maintaining the Skillet
Season your skillet
After buying your skillet, it’s important to season it. First, wash it with soapy water and a sponge, rinse and dry it. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil in it and spread it using a paper towel. Leave it for an hour then wipe any remaining residue oil later. It will protect your skillet from getting rusty if you don’t use it often. It will also make it easy to clean. If you take long before reusing the skillet, season it again.
Avoid using non-stick cooking oil
It burns quickly due to its high water content. Also, avoid corn oil since its high sugar content caramelizes and leaves a sticky burnt mess on your skillet’s surface.
Wipe the skillet after cooking
If you used the skillet for light cooking, wipe it with a paper towel and use the oil to season it. After heavy cooking, wipe the skillet using club soda.
A skillet will ease your cooking. Washing it should not be a problem either. With the correct items, i.e., soapy warm/hot water, a non-abrasive scrubber, and a sponge/dishcloth, you can easily wash your skillet. Observe safety by first unplugging your skillet. Wash the internal and external parts, not forgetting the lid and the connector. Avoid using abrasive material since it can scratch your skillet. Ensure that the interior part of your connector doesn’t get water. Proper maintenance of the skillet is vital. Season it before use if you haven’t used it for a long time. Avoid non-stick cooking oil and wipe it well after use.
John DiBella is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, a cooking enthuthiast and a writer. When he’s not writing blogs about home kitchenware, he enjoys hiking, camping, sailing and cooking.