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Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:09

When the sun starts shining and the temperature rises, summer barbecues are the first thing on everyone’s mind. Alfresco dining is a great excuse to enjoy good food and drink with friends and family whilst soaking up the rays. But the aftermath of a dirty barbecue can make you think twice before you rush to organise a garden party.

A clean barbecue is important to preserve the flavours of the food as well as help prevent against food poisoning, but scrubbing fiddly grills and greasy work surfaces isn’t an easy job. Here are some tips to make the chore a little easier without having to resort to using strong chemical cleaners.

Burnt on food is one of the hardest things to remove, but coating the grill with oil prior to cooking will help prevent food sticking and becoming burnt in the first place. Before starting the barbecue, use a brush or cloth dipped in cooking oil to smooth over the top and bottom of the grill.

Once the barbecue has been used and is cool enough to handle, use a wire brush, or scrunch up some left over tin foil and rub up and down the grill, paying extra attention to the joins of the bars. This will remove larger pieces of food and loosen grease and gunk.

Soak the grill and utensils* in a strong hot Soda Crystals solution in a large container. Spray the rest of the barbecue with Liquid Soda Crystals or mix up a strong Soda Crystals solution and leave overnight to dissolve the grease and soften remaining food. In the morning simply wipe with a scourer and rinse with clean water, ready for the next garden party!

Soda Crystals are available from all major supermarkets and hardware stores. Liquid Soda Crystals are available in large Wilkinson stores and from independent retailers. For further information about the uses of Soda Crystals around the home and garden, visit www.dri-pak.co.uk

*do not soak utensils with wooden handles

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