An electric skillet has been a must-have kitchen appliance for decades. It brings extra cooking space in your kitchen and lets you fry chicken and fish without sweating. After cooking, you quickly use the same skillet as a buffet server. Once dinner is over, you get back to the kitchen, where a mess is waiting for you. It’s not suggested to use metal scrapers for quick cleaning a skillet. For the long shelf life, you must stay careful during the cleaning process. Today, I will tell you how to clean an electric skillet. The whole process is quick and doesn’t require much effort.
Things you Need for the Cleaning Process.
Make sure you have all the essential things for thorough cleaning of an electric fry fan.
- Wooden Stapula: Never use a metal or steel stapula as it will bring scratch on the nonstick coating of your skillet.
- Sponge: It’s always best for cleaning a frying pan.
- Dish soap: Use any regular soap or liquid you are already using for other kitchen utensils.
- Nylon scrapers – it would let you scrape away some sticky material from the pan.
- Dishtowel- for quick-drying, a cleaned skillet.
- Toothpick – for cleaning confined spaces
How to Clean an Immersible Electric Skillet?
Immersible means you can fully submerge an electric skillet into the water, of course, after removing its cord and heating elements. Cleaning this kind of skillet is more comfortable than a non-immersible one. I will explain the cleaning process of both types. Let’s start with easy and know how to clean an immersible skillet.
Step-1 Drain the Grease
If you have a frying pan with a grease drain, you can quickly drain all the grease from your pan. Never wash the pan with grease on it, as it will stick into your pipes and create an annoying blockage. In case you don’t have a grease drain skillet, pour oil in a plastic box and store it in the fridge. Throwing a frozen grease is easier than a liquid one. Use a paper towel and wipe off any remaining grease.
Step 2- Scraping
Once you fry fish or chicken, it generally contains some food particles that stick to the bottom surface, making skillet clean a tiresome task. I suggest you turn on the heat for 10 minutes, letting the pan get heated up. Keep it at a low temperature. All stuck-on food will be heated up. Now scrape all that from the bottom by using either a wooden spoon or stapula.
Step No.3 Safety First
Never clean a skillet when it’s plugged in. Always unplug an electric appliance and then start its cleaning. These days, electric skillets are designed with removable heating elements and even cords. If you own any such skillet, detach its electronic parts first.
Step No.4 Wash the skillet
As all the parts are removed, now the next step is to fill the sink with hot, soapy water and submerge your immersible electric skillet in it. The most crucial point to keep in mind while cleaning the skillet is keeping the electric connector entry point away from the water. Yes, you can submerge the skillet fully but keep that point out of water. Don’t let the water go inside this point else;, you will damage your appliance.
Step No.5 Interior Cleaning
Give your skillet interior a gentle scrub with a sponge filled with soap. Never use any harsh soaps for electric skillet cleaning purposes; it will damage the nonstick surface. If you feel that any food is still stuck on the pan, use a nylon scraper for its easy removal. Now it’s time to wash the electric skillet, make sure that water passes through every side and wall for proper cleaning.
Step No.6 Exterior cleaning
Soak a sponge in soapy water and then squeeze it a bit; now start giving a gentle scrub to the skillet exterior. Rinse the sponge with hot water and wipe the soap down through the sponge to remove all grease or food traces. Move skillet on a dry dish rack for air drying. You can use a towel for tap drying the whole skillet.
Step No.7 Connector Cleaning
Use a dishcloth and clean the exterior of the connector opening. Again, ensure that no water drop finds its way to this opening. You may notice that grease and debris inside the connector. In that scenario, the best way to clean a skillet is to use a toothpick. Remove as much debris and traces as you can, but don’t get obsessed with skillet cleaning. You need to wipe the electric skillet electric cord as well. It tends to become greasy after frequent use.
Step No.8 Skillet lid cleaning
If you buy an electric skillet where the lid is dishwasher-safe, you can put the cover in the dishwasher for quick cleaning. However, when the manufacturer doesn’t mention anything and doesn’t have a dishwasher, hand wash is your only option.
In case your lid is greasy and contains dried food traces, it’s better to give it a good scrub. For this purpose, you can use a soft-bristled scrub brush. Wet the lid with tap water and then start scrubbing gently with the brush. Once the top is free from the particles, soak the sponge in soapy water and apply soap all over the lid and its knob—rinse and clear soap from the lid surface.
Step No.9 Dry
Although many people air dry an electric skillet, one can use a dish towel for quick drying. Maybe you are in a hurry and want to store the skillet quickly. In that case, wipe the dry lid, connector, and skillet. Put a connector inside the cord and keep it in your drawer or cabinet. Never store skillets with separated components. Ensure that all of its components are store in one place.
How to Clean an Electric Skillet (Non-immersible)
Some skillet brands offer non-immersible skillets that mean you need to wash a skillet out of a sink; you can’t submerge it thoroughly in water. Thereby, the cleaning process requires extra care on your part. Here is how to clean a skillet.
Step No.1 Remove electric components.
I’m talking about removing the heating element of the skillet. Unplug the skillet after use and detach its cord and heating element. Although you aren’t immersing a skillet cord removal would make the cleaning process only. Besides, it’s a safe move as this way, chances of water damage can be significantly decreased.
Step No.2 Remove Cooking Oil
As most of us use an electric skillet for frying, some cooking oil is left in the pan after the meal is done. Before cleaning, you need to discard the cooking oil.
Step No.3 Cleaning
Now you can take a paper towel. Damp it with hot water. You can also wear clean cloth. Reason for using a paper towel is that you can toss it in the bin after cleaning. But again, it’s your personal choice to go with either a towel or clean cloth.
With a damp cloth or towel, wipe all the mess from the skillet. If you feel that the skillet bottom isn’t correctly clean, then damp another cloth or towel and wipe the surface again. It would be best if you scrubbed the skillet with a damp cloth and soap.
Step No.4 Rinse
Take a fresh cloth and damp it in hot water and wipe away the soap. It would help if you wet this towel at-least three times or as necessary for skillet cleaning. Let it air dry in a dish rack.