Why You Should Never Use a Wire Brush to Clean Your Grill
Here's what to use instead.
Courtney Rada, the host of Genius Kitchen's “Carnivorous," knows her fair share of intel about grilling. That's why, when we came across "The 8 grilling mistakes you're making — and how to fix them" on Today.com, our ears perked up.
One tip in particular piqued our interest: Cleaning our grills with a brush with metal bristles is a big no-no. In the article, Rada, strongly advises that grilling enthusiasts use bristle-free brushes to get their grill as good as new, and skip the typical metal wire grill brushes. “I’ve heard some horror stories about the bristles breaking off and ending up in the food, so that kind of terrifies me," Rada said. A quick Google search on the topic agrees, with a Consumer Reports article by Lindsey Feingold warning:
If you use a stainless steel or brass wire brush to remove stuck-on food from grill grates, be aware of this surprising downside: Small, sharp bristles can break off as you're cleaning and get stuck to your grill's cooking surface. The next time you grill, the stray bristles can adhere to food and be accidentally ingested.
An estimated 1,700 Americans went to an emergency room between 2002 and 2014 after having ingested wire bristles in grilled food, according to a study published in 2016 in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. One in four of those with grill brush injuries had to be admitted to the hospital.
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Well, knowledge is power, everyone. Here's to hoping everyone has a fun, tasty, and most of all, safe Fourth of July celebration s tomorrow.