Raw cast iron grills are a favourite of our customers because they are believed to bring out a better flavour in their barbecued food. It is also believed that the iron from the grill is absorbed into our bodies for that extra iron intake that we need.
Whether this is true or not, I can’t say for certain. What I do know for sure is that raw cast iron rusts, no matter what you do to prevent it from happening. It’s completely normal and you shouldn’t have to worry about it getting into your food.
However, if you really don’t want to see the following happen to your grill, then here are a couple of tips and tricks to keep your cast iron grill turning into a rust farm.
Rusty Grill. Eeeeeek!
Step One: Before you use your grill for the first time, you’ll want to do what we like to call “burning in”. So, what you need to do is give your grill a good oiling. And by good, we mean, be ultra generous with that vegetable oil. After which, you should put it back on the barbie and turn up the fire. Leave it to burn for about ten minutes. After which, you’ll want to repeat this process of oiling and burning twice. You are now ready to use your grill!
Step Two: When it’s time to clean up, you can actually just leave your barbie as is because the oil from your cooking will help to protect your grill from rusting. But we completely understand that some may find that gross and off-putting. Anyway, here’s what you can do if you insist on giving your grill a wash. After you’ve washed your grill with soap and water and whatnot, you need to put it back on the barbecue and turn the burner on to evaporate the water. Then, of course, oil it again (and I can’t emphasize more how generous you must be with the oil).
Step Three: Now, when it’s time to grill again, just turn on the barbie and burn off the oil from your last oiling. You’re now good to go. Repeat the cycle of having an excellent barbecue experience. Yay!
Do you have any other tips on how to get rid of or prevent the rusty bits on your cast iron grill? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.