When you decide to buy an electric skillet, you have to conduct extensive research to sift through the different products on the market. Once you finally settle on one that suits your needs, you order it online or purchase it from your local department store. Throughout that process, you’ll rarely consider how you will clean your new electric skillet. As a result, you’ll probably end up helpless when you discover just how dirty your new toy is after a few uses. That’s why it’s time for you to learn an easy to clean your electric skillet. Keep reading to find out how you can clean yours today.
Washing your electric skillet while it’s still on and connected can be dangerous and can damage the skillet itself. So, before doing anything else, unplug your skillet.
Drain the Grease
If you have a non-immersive skillet, you can save time and energy by first pouring out any extra cooking oil. Consider pouring it into a bowl to for future use, or simply pour it into a disposable container.
Clean Off Food Residue
If your skillet has any food residue on it, you’ll have to wipe it off with either a wet cloth or dishcloth. Since abrasive material scan ruin the non-stick surface of your pan, avoid using steel wool or metal scrubbers.
Mix Soapy Water
For this next step, you’ll need some hot water and soap. Your skillet may come with a soap designed to wash it, so check its manual to see whether you’re supposed to mix it with water. If that’s the case, mix the soap and water in a bowl using the ratios spelled out in the manual. Once you’re done, place your skillet in the water without bringing the connector near the water.
Clean the Skillet
Gently scrub your skillet’s interior using a sponge or dishcloth. It can be hard removing sticky food with the sponge, so take a nylon scrubber and remove it by scrubbing in a circular motion. Within a short time, there shouldn’t be any food particles on your skillet. Next, use warm or hot water to rinse the skillet’s interior. Finally, leave it on a paper towel to dry.
So how do you clean the skillet’s dirty exterior? First, take the non-abrasive scrubber that you used to clean the interior. Wash it first, then use it to scrub the exterior. Dip the scrubber in the water more frequently to ensure that your skillet receives enough soap as you scrub. Clean your skillet until it shines, then use a sponge to rinse it with warm, soapy water. Wash the sponge once you are through, and always ensure that skillet’s cord doesn’t come near the water.
Clean with Baking Soda
If your skillet has a build-up of grease, use baking soda to clean it. this strategy won’t harm your skillet, but it’ll remove any kind of stain from it.
First, pour some baking soda on your skillet and then add some water. Next, make a paste and apply it to the stained areas. Use a non-abrasive pad to scrub off the paste, then use a dishcloth to wipe your skillet.
Use Powdered Cleanser
How will you deal with the discoloration that results from heat contact? Scrubbing can be quite tricky, but your best option would be using a powdered cleanser that doesn’t contain any bleach or chlorine. Apply a thin layer of the cleanser to your skillet, then scrub in a circular motion with a sponge pad. Finally, rinse the skillet with warm, soapy water and dry it with a dishcloth.
Clean the Connector
After cleaning your skillet you can’t leave your connector dirty. So, take a sponge, dip it in soapy water, and wipe the connector down. Make sure that no water touches it to avoid damaging it. Use a toothpick to remove any debris or grease that’s still inside of it.
Clean the Lid
After frying food with your skillet, you expect the lid to be dirty. If you have a dishwasher, you can clean it with that. If not, you can also clean it manually by washing it with a sponge and warm water.
Once your skillet is sparkling clean, you’ll need to dry it using a small towel. Don’t forget to dry the connector and the lid as well. Once the skillet is dry, put the connector back. That way you’ll be able to use it or keep it intact until the next time you need it.
Maintaining the Skillet
Season Your Skillet
After buying your skillet, it’s important to season it. First, wash it with soapy water and dry it. Next, pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil in it and spread the oil using a paper towel. Leave it for an hour, then wipe any remaining residue. This process will protect your skillet from rust in case you don’t use it often. It will also make it easier to clean. If you only use your skillet on occasion, season it prior to each use.
Avoid Using Non-Stick Cooking Oil
Non-stick cooking oil burns quickly due to its high water content, so avoid using it. Also, avoid corn oil since its high sugar content caramelizes and will leave a burnt, sticky mess on your skillet’s surface.
Wipe the Skillet After Cooking
If you use your skillet for light cooking, wipe it with a paper towel and use oil to season it. After a heavy cooking session, wipe use club soda to wipe it down.
A skillet will facilitate a more time-efficient cooking process, and cleaning it shouldn’t be an issue. As long as you have the appropriate household cleaning supplies, you can easily wash your skillet.
Prioritize your safety by first unplugging your skillet. Then wash its interior and exterior, including the lid and connector. Avoid using abrasive materials since they can scratch your skillet, and ensure water doesn’t go near its connector.
Proper maintenance of your skillet is vital, so season it before use if you haven’t used it in a long time. Finally, avoid non-stick cooking oil and wipe your skillet down thoroughly after using it.