Cleaning your Cast Iron Stove Grates
Cast iron stove grates on your kitchen stove provide a sturdy, non-stick cooking and baking surface, if they are cared for properly. In order for your cast iron stove grates to last a long time, they must be cleaned without harming the surface. While cleaning your cast iron stove grates can be a messy job, there are simpler ways to remove stains and burned on food. Clean cast iron stove grates are easier to cook on and do not create burned-food odors in your kitchen.
What you will need
- Dish Soap
- Rubber gloves
- Metal scouring pad or firm bristle dish washing brush
Fill the sink with very hot water and 5 tsp. of dish soap. For really tough stains and stuck on cooking debris, add 2 tsp. ammonia to the soapy water. Remove the stove grates and place them in the sink. Allow them to soak for up to 30 minutes to soften the stains.
Scrub the grates with a metal scouring pad or firm bristle brush. If any debris or stains remain, rinse and repeat with a fresh sink of hot water and soap.
Rinse the grates with very hot water. Then lay them out to air dry. For quicker drying, place them in an oven preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Allow the grates to cool and dry completely before returning them to the stove top.