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Parrilla Care – An Owners Guide To Taking Care of your Argentine Grill.

Congratulations on your new Parrilla! These have been lovingly handcrafted in Australia. Here is a users guide on how to take care of your Mild Steel Parrilla to ensure it lasts a long time and continues to produce delicious meals for years to come.

Your Parrilla will have been delivered strapped to a pallet, wrapped in plastic, and all exposed metal surfaces will be coated with a light film of oil.

  1. Season the cooking surfaces – Before using your Parrilla for the first time, you will need to season the cooking surfaces. This involves applying a light coat of oil, such as grape seed or canola oil, and using a full kettle of charcoal heat beads underneath to produce heat. Light your kettle with heat beads, and distribute evenly across the bed of your Parrilla directly under the cooking surface. As the grill heats up, it will begin to change colour, from a bright, shiny steel colour, through to a straw brown, then to blue and eventually black. The trick here is to keep wiping off excess oil, and then continue to wipe each part of the cooking surface with a light film of oil as it burns off. This process may take up to an hour. The purpose process will create a non-stick surface and prevent rusting.
  2. Clean the cooking surfaces after use – After each use, it’s essential to clean the cooking surfaces. Use a grill brush or wire brush to remove any leftover food debris and then wipe it down with a damp cloth. Avoid using soap as it can strip the seasoning.
  3. Coat the cooking surfaces with oil – Once the cooking surfaces are clean, coat them with a light film of oil. This will help to protect the metal from rusting and maintain the seasoning. We just use a light spray of canola oil on the top and bottom of the grill, and all exposed metal on the Parrilla.
  4. Store your Parrilla in a dry place – When not in use, it’s crucial to store your Parrilla in a dry place to prevent rusting. If you’re storing it outside, cover it with a waterproof cover to protect it from the elements. A standard BBQ cover from Bunnings will do the trick, or you can organise a local upholstery company to manufacture one to fit perfectly.
  5. Use high-temperature paint to touch up any chips or scratches – Over time, the paint on your Parrilla may peel, burn-off, chip or scratch. This is all perfectly normal. After many uses, most of the metal around the brassero (fire box), the saddle and grill will begin to peel. It is perfectly ok to spray with spray oil and apply heat, the eventual build up of cooking fat will also create a protective coating over time.

    To prevent rusting on areas which have scratched or eroded, touch up any areas with high-temperature paint, such as Rust-Oleum which is available in a spray tin form at your local paint supplier or Amazon. Simply clean the affected area you wish to spray (some methylated spirits is perfectly fine to remove any grease. Cover up areas you do not want overspray on, and then lightly touch up with 3 coats. Let each coat touch dry before applying the next. Allow to drie for 48 hours or more before cooking. This will ensure that your Parrilla continues to look great and perform well.
  6. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool – When cleaning your Parrilla, avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool. These can damage the metal and remove the seasoning. Stick to a grill brush and a damp cloth (or microfibre).
  7. Maintain the grill grates and hot plates – If your Parrilla has grill grates and hot plates, make sure to clean them after each use and coat them with oil. Over time, these surfaces may become damaged, so it’s essential to maintain them regularly. Periodically clean underneath (the side towards the fire). Also, remove the brassero “cage” and wire brush and spray with oil

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your Mild Steel Parrilla lasts a long time and continues to produce delicious meals. Enjoy your new Parrilla!

The Smokin’ Gauchos Team

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