Seasoning a stainless steel cooking grill can help prevent food from sticking to the surface and make it easier to clean. Here’s how you can do it:
- Clean the grill grates with a grill brush or scraper to remove any dirt, debris, or rust.
- Preheat your grill to a high temperature, around 400-500°F (204-260°C), for 10-15 minutes. This will help to burn off any remaining debris and prepare the surface for seasoning.
- Once the grill grates have cooled down, use a clean cloth or paper towel to apply a thin layer of high-heat cooking oil, such as canola or vegetable oil, to the surface of the grates. Be sure to cover the entire surface evenly, but not too thickly.
- Heat the grill to a high temperature again, around 400-500°F (204-260°C), for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the oil to bond with the surface of the grates and create a non-stick surface.
- Once the grill grates have cooled down, wipe them clean with a paper towel or a clean cloth. You may see some black or brown residue on the surface, which is normal.
Repeat steps 3-5 several times to build up a layer of polymerized oil on the surface of the grill grates. This will help to prevent sticking and make it easier to clean.
Note: Be sure to avoid using cooking sprays on stainless steel cooking grates, as they can leave a sticky residue that is difficult to remove. Also, be aware that high-heat cooking can cause stainless steel to discolor, but this is purely cosmetic and won’t affect the performance of the grill grates.