A panini press is a multipurpose kitchen gadget. And if you like to make hot, grilled panini a number of times a week, it’s natural to see food residues, melted cheeses, sauces, and oils sticking to it. Though these stains are tough to clean, that doesn’t mean you should stop eating your favorite panini! Of course, there’re more than one ways to clean your panini press and that too without having to do any hard work.
Below are some hassle-free tips to give a new shine to your panini press whenever there’s some cleaning required:
Use a Dishwasher (In Case of Removable Plates)
If you don’t know if the plates in your panini press are removable, see the product manual or simply find out at paniniperfect.com. Also, check if you can wash the plates in your dishwasher. If you can, then nothing can be better than that! However, make sure you touch those cleaned, shiny plates after letting them cool.
Soak the Plates
Keep in mind that every panini press should be handled, washed, and maintained differently. That’s because all manufacturers’ recommendations vary. For instance, it may be that the plates of your panini press are removable but those require hand washing only (as recommended by the manufacturer). In this case, fill your kitchen sink with lukewarm water and add a few drops of a dishwashing soap that’s great for removing grease. Soak the plates till the food residues and melted cheese stuck in the panini press soften. Now, wipe with a cloth.
Use Dishwashing Soap for Non-Removable Plates
Many of us think that cleaning non-removable places can be a huge mess because this could also increase the chances of damaging the electrical components of a panini press. However, here’s a good trick: always stay away from rough cloths, abrasive sponges, and too much water. Instead, a soft, slightly wet cloth dipped into soapy water will play the role well. However, while cleaning the panini press with non-removable plates, also focus on the fact that the appliance is switched off.
Use the Chopsticks Creatively
Got stubborn melted cheese that doesn’t say good-bye to you no matter how much you clean it? Well, try out chopsticks! Simply wrap the end of your chopstick with a small cloth. Scrap this at that piece of cheese. You’ll notice that this trick works well without damaging your non-stick plates of the panini press. Also, to carry out the same cleaning task, never use steel wool or a knife as these sharp tools could damage the surface of the panini press.