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When Grilling, What Are the Advantages of a Stainless Steel Grate?

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Some advantages of using a stainless steel grate are unaffected flavor, good hygiene, and longevity. A clean stainless steel grate does not affect the flavors of the meat or vegetables placed on it. Stainless steel is also a hygienic material to cook on because it will not absorb unpleasant liquids and smells. In addition, this kind of grate can outlast the appliance it came with because of its great durability. Lastly, some people choose stainless steel grates over other materials because of its dark but shiny aesthetic appearance.

This kind of grate will not transfer flavors to the food cooked on it, no matter what the temperature used. The exception to this rule is a dirty stainless steel grate, in which case the built up grime will likely alter the food’s flavor. If food is not allowed to build up for more than one use, it is usually easy to remove. Some people remove food residue by heating the grill to a high temperature, letting it cool, and then brushing off the ashes. The ability to heat to high temperatures is another advantage of stainless steel, in addition to not needing to worry if the grate is left outside in freezing temperatures.

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Grilling on a stainless steel grate is hygienic because the meat juices cannot penetrate the grate. This also makes the grate easier to clean and less likely to harbor bacteria. A stainless steel grate can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. For the most part, using harsh chemicals is discouraged because they can discolor or damage the grate.

Stainless steel grill grates can last a long time with proper care. In many cases, the grate itself will outlast the grill. Unlike a cast iron grate, steel grates are not prone to rust and can come into contact with moisture without a problem. Still, stainless steel is only resistant to rust rather than rust-proof, so long-term moisture should be avoided. Even when the grill grate does break, stainless steel is a recyclable material; in fact, many grill grates are made from recycled stainless steel.

Certain grates can be more attractive on a grill; for example, many people prefer the shininess of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a dark metal that reflects light well and can be very aesthetically pleasing when clean. While appearance is not the only reason to choose steel over porcelain or cast iron, especially if the buyer is a grilling enthusiast, it is important for some grillers.

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